Boston, MA
Project Title
I Didn't Come to Stay
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Presentation Grant
Grant Amount

Music From The Sole is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap’s connections to Afro-Brazilian music and dance, and other influences across the African Diaspora. Jointly founded by Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and American composer and bassist Gregory Richardson, the company strives to bring tap dance—America’s original vernacular dance—and its lineage to the broadest possible audience. I Didn’t Come to Stay explores tap’s connections to house, samba, Brazilian funk, and jazz. The artists embrace these forms’ shared roots across the diaspora and reflect on racial and cultural identity while celebrating the joy, strength, depth, and virtuosity of Black dance and music. Their residency will include 4 performances at New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box, an open, free dress rehearsal for community partners, a lecture/demonstration at a school, an intergenerational free tap community workshop, and a post-performance conversation.