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Welcome to DANCECleveland's 67th Season of World-Class Dance Performances! 

We are thrilled to kick off this season with the Ohio debut of Music From The Sole

August 5th at 6 pm
Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.

*Pre-show chat  at 5:15 pm, post show Q&A immediately following the performance. 

We are so thankful to be kicking off another year of world-class dance performances with you by our side. There is something very special about experiencing the art form of dance outdoors. The dancers exert themselves regardless of the weather, and the wind can change the flow of where costumes fall as the movement sweeps across the floor. The sun can alter the imagery and shadows you might see as a dancer jumps about the stage, and we are reminded that both dance and nature can be fleeting but have powerful impact on our lives.

Music From the Sole celebrates tap’s roots in African diaspora and is led by Co-Artistic Directors Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson. Their work draws from Afro-Brazilian, jazz, soul, house, rock, and Afro-Cuban styles to create a unique performance that incorporates music and movement in a way DANCECleveland has never presented before. The rhythms of the music and movement go hand in hand perfectly. We hope that this Ohio debut of Music From the Sole at Cain Park invigorates you through the lively music, percussive rhythms and exquisite movement created by the ensemble.

In [...] Music from the Sole, the musical element [...] is just as important as the dancing. The group’s six dancers, whose bodies also provide percussion, are in a constant give-and-take with musicians on piano, sax, and bass. The feeling is that of being at a family reunion, in which every family member has something to say. – The New Yorker  

When DANCECleveland first saw I Didn’t Come to Stay at Jacobs Pillow, we were amazed by its ability to imbue the audience with feelings of joy and community. From the moment the dancers and musicians took the stage you could feel a sense of family, and a sense of celebration. We hope that, this evening, you feel that too, and we can only hope that feeling continues throughout the performances of our 67th season. Thank you for sharing this joyous experience with us.

Enjoy the performance! 

Sarah Sumbrum, Artistic Director
Theresa Remick, Executive Director

Music From The Sole

I Didn't Come To Stay (2022)

Choreography            Leonardo Sandoval, with improvisation by the dancers

Music                          Gregory Richardson, with Leonardo Sandoval, José Carlos Cruzata Revé, Josh Davis, Noé Kains, Jennifer Vincent

Dancers                      Naomi Funaki, Orlando Hernández, Roxy King, Gerson Lanza, Leonardo Sandoval, Lucas Santana, Gisele Silva, Ana Tomioshi (Dance Captain)

Band                            José Carlos Cruzata Revé, Josh Davis, Noé Kains, Gregory Richardson, Jennifer Vincent

Lighting Design           Kathy Kaufmann

Lighting Supervisor     Devin Koenig

Costume Design         Dede Ayite

Dramaturgy                 Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Choreographic            Gisele Silva, Lucas Santana


Company Manager     Jill Reitzel

: April 11, 2022, Peter B. Lewis Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

I Didn’t Come to Stay is a commission from Works & Process at the Guggenheim and was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The piece’s creation was also supported by a 2022 grant from the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, a 2022 APAP ArtsForward grant, and a Seed Fund for Dance grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, thanks to the support of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Music From The Sole is supported by Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and by grants from New Music USA and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.                                                                 

The work was created with the support of a summer 2020 Works & Process bubble residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, as well as residency support in March 2021 from The Yard, an April 2021 Pillow Lab residency at Jacob’s Pillow, a 2022 Creative residency at Chelsea Factory, and a March 2022 Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” residency at Catskill Mountain Foundation.

Music From The Sole is supported by Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and by the New York State Council on the Arts.


About the company

Music From The Sole is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap's Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). Led by Brazilian dancer/ choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and by bassist/ composer Gregory Richardson, their work embraces tap’s unique nature as a blend of sound and movement, incorporating wide-ranging influences like samba, passinho, Afro-Cuban, jazz, and house.

Since their first performances in 2015 at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, Music From The Sole has grown to a group of 15 dancers and musicians, touring across the US and abroad. They have received support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, New Music USA, and Dance/ NYC, and recently premiered new works commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

As part of its mission to bring tap dance, America's original vernacular dance form, to new audiences, they appear as both a dance company and a band at dance and music venues. Recent credits include appearances at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, the Guggenheim Museum, The Yard, Kaatsbaan, Portland Ovations, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Bryant Park, the 92NY, and Tap in Rio. They are 2022-23 resident artists at the 92NY, and partner frequently with organizations like the National Dance Institute and Lincoln Center Education, engaging through dance and music with communities across NYC and beyond.


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About the Artists

Leonardo Sandoval (Artistic Director & Choreographer, Dancer)
Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval is renowned for blending America’s great tap tradition with Brazil’s rich rhythmic and musical heritage. A true dancer-musician, he was one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch”, is the recipient of a 2022 Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise, and was recently named a 2022 NYSCA/ NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography. In 2015, he founded Music From The Sole with composer Gregory Richardson, after meeting through Dorrance Dance, of which he has been a core member since 2014. In addition, he is also in demand as a solo artist, appearing at the National Folk Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, and the 92Y.

Gregory Richardson (Artistic & Musical Director, Band)
Gregory Richardson is a composer and multi-instrumentalist focusing on upright and electric bass, and guitar. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Music From The Sole, and the musical director of Dorrance Dance. As a composer for dance, he’s created work at Lincoln Center Education, Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard, National Dance Institute, Works & Process, BAM, The Joyce, and New York City Center, most recently in collaboration with actor Bill Irwin. Recent credits include performing with Toshi Reagon in her opera Parable of the Sower, touring with indie band Darwin Deez, and playing with Grammy-winning artists Keyon Harrold and Marcus Gilmore.

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Dede Ayite (Costume Designer)
Dede Ayite is a two-time Tony nominated costume designer. Her Broadway credits include American Buffalo, How I Learned to Drive, Chicken & Biscuits, A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God. Select Off-Broadway: Merry Wives (The Public); The Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature); School Girls… (MCC). Awards: Obie, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards.

José Carlos Cruzata Revé (Band)
José Carlos Cruzata Revé is a NY-based saxophonist from Holguín, Cuba, and a founding member of Music From The Sole. After studying at the National School of Art in Havana, he began playing with prominent Cuban jazz and salsa bands, like Juan Formel y Los Van Van and flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortez. He has taught for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, and is currently working on a new album of original music, Árbol Genealógico.

Josh Davis (Band)
Josh Davis is an NYC-based multifaceted drummer, arranger and composer. Originally from Detroit, Josh has toured throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe, playing a wide variety of genres at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Symphony Space, Sziget Music Festival, and Detroit Orchestra Hall. He currently leads his own NYC-based jazz trio, mixing original compositions with arrangements of jazz standards and classic Brazilian choros and sambas.

Naomi Funaki (Dancer)
Naomi Funaki is a tap dancer from Tokyo, Japan, currently living in NYC. In addition to Music From The Sole, she has performed with Ayodele Casel, Dorrance Dance, and Caleb Teicher & Company. She is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2017 tap program. Other recent credits include Tap Family Reunion, Vail Dance Festival, Dance Against Cancer (Lincoln Center), Ayodele Casel & Arturo O’Farrill and “Chasing Magic“ (Joyce Theater), and “Infinity” in Tokyo.

Orlando Hernández (Dancer)
Orlando Hernández has performed around the US and abroad, including at On the Boards, the Joyce Theater, Joe’s Pub, A.R.T. Oberon, the Royal Theater Carré (Amsterdam), and La Casa Ruth (Puerto Rico). He is a member of the Boston-based company Subject:Matter and has danced with Cats Paying Dues, Michela Marino Lerman’s Love Movement, Tap Family Reunion, and Arc Iris’ iTMRW. Orlando holds a B.A. in English from Yale University.

Noé Kains (Band)
Noé Kains is an NYC-based pianist and singer. He studied at Brussels’ Royal Conservatory, the UK, and Israel, and has appeared in solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos. Recent credits include performances at the Guggenheim, Jacob’s Pillow, Walters Arts Museum, The Yard, and The Glass Etudes, in celebration of Philip Glass’ 85th birthday. Noé holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of St Andrews, and was a research astronomer until returning to music full time.

Kathy Kaufmann (Lighting Designer)
Kathy Kaufmann (lighting designer) is a New York City native, resident designer at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and a two-time Bessie recipient.  She designs regularly for Dorrance Dance, Joanna Kotze, The Bang Group, Mariana Valencia, Music From The Sole, Rebecca Stenn, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Mina Nishamura, Jonathan Kinzel and Vicky Shick. 

Roxy King (Dancer)
Roxanne “Roxy” King is a tap dancer and teacher based in Washington, D.C.. Roxy trained at the Metropolitan School of the Arts and the School at Jacob’s Pillow, and has since taught at festivals across the US and Brazil, including Riff Dallas, DC Tap Festival, and Tap in Rio. She started dancing with Music from the Sole in 2020, and has also performed with Love Movement and as a guest with Dorrance Dance.

Devin Koenig (Lighting Supervisor)
Devin Koenig is an Astoria-based lighting designer, associate, and stage manager for dance, events, and installations. Her work can be seen at Madame Tussaud’s NYC and the Franklin Institute. She has worked with Gallim, the Fosse-Verdon Legacy, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In her free time, she is trying to make a perfect tomato soup.

Gerson Lanza (Dancer)
Originally from Honduras, Gerson fell in love with tap dance shortly after moving to New York City in 2001. He trained under Omar Edwards and with Joseph Webb at the Harlem School of the Arts, and has since taught and performed across the US and internationally including in Brazil and around Europe. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Maryland, and is a 2021-22 artist in residence at the Strathmore Arts Center.

Jill Reitzel (Company Manager)
Jill Reitzel is a performing arts administrator currently based in New York City. Currently Company Managing for Dorrance Dance, Music From the Sole, and Ephrat Asherie Dance, she is rooted in growing her practice of cultivating arts environments that break cultural and social barriers on and off the stage. She has previously worked with Parsons Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Pentacle (Dance Works Inc.), and Artichoke Dance Company in a variety of administrative and development roles.

Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Dramaturg)
Tiffany Rea-Fisher is a National Dance Project winner, 2022 Toulmin Fellow, John Brown Spirit award recipient, and was awarded a citation from the City of New York. She is the Artistic and Executive Director of EMERGE125, has been commissioned by companies like Dance Theater of Harlem and Dallas Black Dance Theater, and presented works at the Joyce and the Apollo. She curates the Bryant Park Dance Summer Series, providing free art access to thousands.

Gisele Silva (Dancer)
Gisele Silva is a LA-based multi-form dancer, instructor and choreographer from Brazil. In addition to dancing with Music From The Sole, she is a member of Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, and Viver Brasil. She is on faculty at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and performs regularly on TV and at festivals across the US. Recent credits include NBA halftime shows, BET Experience, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and upcoming Apple TV+ musical film, Spirited.

Lucas Santana (Dancer)
Originally from Pernambuco (Northeast Brazil), Lucas Santana started studying tap at 8 and has since performed across Brazil, on TV, and, with Music From The Sole, at Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard, Harlem Stage, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Lucas also directs the group Afetos Sonoros in Rio, holds a philosophy degree from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Theatre at UdeSC in Florianópolis.

Ana Tomioshi (Dancer, Dance Captain)
Ana Tomioshi is a Brazilian multi-style performing artist, choreographer and instructor, currently based in Washington DC. She is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s tap program and has performed at The Kennedy Center, São Paulo Municipal Theater, The Yard, Harlem Stage, Portland Ovations, Battery Dance Festival, and Rock in Rio. Ana also dances Sole Defined, directed by Quynn and Ryan Johnson, and is on faculty at the Metropolitan School of the Arts.

Jennifer Vincent (Band)
Bassist and cellist Jennifer Vincent has been an active force on the NYC music scene for over two decades, playing and touring with the likes of Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Willie Martinez y La Familia, Carmen Lundy, Harry Whittaker, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Her teachers have included jazz icon Ron Carter, Andy Gonzales, Ed Bennett, Buster Williams, and, in Cuba, the legendary Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez of Buena Vista Social Club.

Have Questions About the Performance?

Here are some commonly asked questions:

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How long is the show? Approximately 60 minutes, no intermission.

What about the weather?
The show will go on, rain or shine, unless weather conditions make it unsafe. 

What if I have accessibility needs?
Please contact Cain Park at 216-370-3000 to make sure they are aware of your needs. Golf carts that will be operated by Cain Park staff 1 hour before and after each performance to help audience members get to and from the park entrances and the Evans Amphitheater.

Is this show appropriate for children?
Yes, children are welcome to come along to the performances. While the show is not specifically designed for children, this performance does not include mature themes or content. 

What should I bring?
Chairs and blankets if you are sitting on the lawn, sunscreen, and insect repellent (please be considerate of others when applying!). You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy before or after the performances in the park areas. The Cain Park Grill offers food and beverages for purchase and consumption within the Evans Amphitheater.

What do I wear?
It is always fun to dress up to attend a dance performance, however there is no dress code and we encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and helps you shine!

Remember, while the Evans Amphitheater seating is covered (with the exception of lawn seating), it is an outdoor venue, so be sure to the check the weather and dress appropriately!

What else should I know?
Allow yourself plenty of time for parking and walking to performance. 

Where do I park?

To get to Cain Park, please use the following address in your GPS or phone: 

14591 Superior Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

Where can I park? 

Parking is available on the residential streets surrounding the park. Please be aware that there is a sewer line repair project on Lee Road blocking traffic from Superior to Euclid Heights Boulevard. This also blocks entrance to the Accessible Parking Lot on Lee Road. 

Additional parking is available at Cleveland Heights City Hall (40 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights) and the Severance Town Center parking lot across from City Hall. 

City owned parking lots that are available relatively close to Cain Park are Cumberland Pool and the Delisle Education Center.

  • If you are parking on the street, we advise trying to park on side streets near the Goodnor/Superior entrance. We will be running the golf cart courtesy vehicles from that entrance.

The shuttle will drop patrons off at the Goodnor/Superior entrance to Cain Park.

The shuttle will continue running until all patrons are brought to the Park.

  • After the performance, patrons should return to the Goodnor/Superior Entrance to catch the shuttle back to City Hall. Golf carts, once again, will be available to get patrons up the Goodnor hill.
  • If you are waiting for the shuttle and are concerned if it is still running, please call 216-371-3000.


Thank You to the Generous Sponsors, Funders and Supporters of this Engagement! 


The presentation of Music From The Sole was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.

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The Ohio Arts Council helped fund DANCECleveland with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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DANCECleveland is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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In addition, thank you to our other generous supporters:
Akron Community Foundation
Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation
Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program
George Gund Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Nordson Corporation
Ohio Department of Development
Peg's Foundation
Reinberger Foundation
Shubert Foundation


DANCECleveland's mission is to bring the passion and verve of modern and contemporary dance to Northeast Ohio. Founded originally as Cleveland Modern Dance Association in 1956, DANCECleveland continues to be: A DANCE PRESENTER AND MORE! 

One of only a handful of presenters in the nation dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance, DANCECleveland brings renowned modern and contemporary dance companies from around the world to perform on the stages of Northeast Ohio through their annual dance series. DANCECleveland is A COMMISSIONER of new dance works, bringing up-and-coming choreographers from across the nation to be inspired by our community as they create new dance pieces; AN EDUCATOR through Read to Learn…Dance To Move, an early childhood program that brings professional dancers into preschool and kindergarten classrooms to inspire creativity through literacy and movement. A RESOURCE to the dance community by offering free dance classes with visiting world class dancers and directors for local dancers of all ages and abilities; A NATIONAL LEADER recognized by organizations such as Dance/USA for their innovative audience engagement programs, pre and post show activities; and A VISIONARY by collaborating with the region’s leading arts, cultural and educational organizations to create co-presenting relationships. 

Learn more about DANCECleveland's history, click here. 

Learn more about DANCECleveland's educational offerings, click here. 

The 67th Anniversary Season continues November 11th with PHILADANCO! at Playhouse Square. Subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets go on sale Sept. 5th.

We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @DANCECleveland. 

DANCECleveland Staff

Theresa Remick, Executive Director

Sarah Sumbrum, Marketing & Artistic Director

Briggs Smith, Education & Engagement Coordinator

Vanessa Lange, Institutional Giving Manager

Priscilla Florin, Administrative Coordinator 

Raquel Cairns, Cleveland Foundation Summer Intern 

DANCECleveland Board of Directors


Chair, Treasurer
JumpStart, Inc.
Sr. Director, Revenue and Compliance Management

Immediate Past Chair
Manchester Partners
Managing Director

The MetroHealth System
Associate General Counsel

VP, Chair of Trustee Committee
Tucker Ellis LLP

VP, Co-Chair of Programming Committee
Independent Consultant 

Chair Elect
VP, Chair of Development Committee
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
VP and Compliance Officer

Board Members

Eaton Corporation
Senior VP, Taxes 

Bober Markey Fedorovich
Senior Manager

Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan

Cleveland Public Library

PNC Financial Services Group
AVP, Business Systems Analyst

About Cain Park

Summer Park

Cain Park is a summer performing art park owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights.


No ordinary City park, Cain Park begins where most leave off:

  • An outdoor, intimate, covered theater similar to a mid-sized off-Broadway space (Alma Theater)
  • An outdoor covered amphitheater (Evans Amphitheater)
  • An air-conditioned art gallery (Feinberg Art Gallery)
  • Outstanding programming that includes professional theatrical productions, a nationally recognized Arts Festival, cabaret series, professional dance companies, children's programming, and concerts featuring national, regional, and local performers


In December 2004, Cleveland Magazine included Cain Park as One of 19 Reasons to Cross the River:

"There's nothing quite like Cain Park west of the river. During its summer-long season, you can sit in the airy, intimate Evans Amphitheater or, better yet, recline on your own blanket on the grassy slope that climbs gently upward from the theater while you watch local dance troupes cavort and leap or lose yourself in live concerts of folk, jazz, klezmer, blues, bluegrass, Latin and a little bit of everything else by local and national acts. Cain Park also features 22 acres of bike and jogging paths, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, a skate park and picnic tables and pavilions - but it's eclectic music under the stars that really makes it unique."

Coming Up 2023- 2024 Season

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March 03, 2024, 3:00 pm

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