Grant Recipient Details

New York, NY
Project Title
I Didn’t Come to Stay
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

I Didn’t Come to Stay is a work of tap and percussive dance, samba, house, and live music, exploring tap’s lineage and connections to other Afro-diasporic forms. With a cast of eight dancers and a five-piece band, the piece embraces these shared roots across the diaspora and reflects on racial and cultural identity, while celebrating the joy, strength, depth, and virtuosity of Black dance and music. Touring to dance and concert venues will underscore tap as both dance and music, expanding audiences for the art form. Community engagement is central to this work’s development and touring, with pop-up performances, jam sessions, workshops, and discussions accompanying performances of the piece.

Music from the Sole creates on the land of the Munsee Lenape and Wappinger Peoples (Harlem, NY); Land of the Canarsie and Munsee Lenape Peoples (Brooklyn, NY).

Estimated Artist Fee: $25-31,000/performance, $45-50,000/week long residency, or $2,500/ virtual engagement.

Presenter Partners

  • Jacob's Pillow (Becket, MA)
  • Works & Process at the Guggenheim (New York, NY)
  • The Yard (Chilmark, MA)

Tour Coordinator

Leonardo Sandoval
Artistic Director
Music from the Sole /
Tel. (917) 250-3429


NDP Presentation Grant

Contact the tour coordinator listed above for information on this project’s tour dates, and to discuss joining a project’s NDP tour and receiving a Presentation Grant.

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Work Samples


Outside and on a stage, four musicians perform while a dancer steps in front of them.
Leonardo Sandoval & Music From The Sole | photo by Christopher Jones
On a stage with a pink floor, six folks dance in casual outfits.
Music from the Sole | photo by Sally Cohn