Adesola Osakalumi Biography
Adesola Osakalumi is a famous Nigerian American actor, choreographer, singer, and dancer whose talents are widely known to have garnered him successes in film, television, and stage.
He was born in the Bronx, New York, United States. Adesola grew up in a family that was heavily influenced by art form with his mother as a principal dancer with Africa 1 Dance Theater, a touring company set up by his uncles and subsequently joined by his father.
The company’s mission was not only to promote African dance and culture throughout the region of U.S, but inspire young Africans to embrace dance, choreograph and teaching.
Adesola Osakalumi Educational Background
Adesola studied briefly with the Dance Theater of Harlem on scholarship.
He over time learned to integrate his natural ability with routine and regiment to master the rudiments and many vocabularies of dance.
Adesola Osakalumi Career
Adesola made his journey into dance moves, dated back to his early age.
Growing up, Adesola was determined to be one of the best poppers and lockers on the scene popping and locking are forms of “Urban Social Dance” that originated from hip hop culture which had its origin in Africa.
Adesola’s dream came true when he was selected to be a part of Rhythm Technicians – a dance crew made up of some of hip hop’s best known B-Boys.
The group became more and more popular in New York by performing regularly throughout the city.
“Urban Social Dance” eventually metamorphosed into GhettOriginals Productions Dance Company (GPDC), the pioneers of hip hop theater.
As a co-founder of GPDC, Adesola helped hip hop dance make a permanent impression on commercial theater.
In addition to being the first hip hop dance group to feature at the esteemed Colorado Dance Festival, GPDC also created the groundbreaking dance production, Jam on the Groove.
The production premiered Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre in November 1995 and won a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Choreography.
Jam on the Groove went on to tour the US, Europe, South America, and Asia to rave reviews.
The highly talented superstar has served as Artistic Director for Hip Hop Kung Fu at The Asia Society featuring hip hop artists from Japan, China, and the US.
Adesola has also served as a board member of Dancing in the Streets and is a choreographic mentor for Pentacle.
Adesola Osakalumi Awards & Nominations
Adesola is best known for his roles in the award-winning Broadway musical FELA winning three notably as:
- • Tony Awards for Best Choreography
• Best Costume Design
• Best Sound Design.
In 2009, Adesola joined the cast as both a dancer (Area Boy) in the ensemble and as the Fela Kuti understudy.
In 2010, he played Fela Kuti four times on Broadway and went ahead to make a national tour in 2011 where he was promoted to play Fela as the alternate lead playing the character on weekends and on some evenings.
The exceptionally creative and talented dancer has several dance films to his credit, some of which are:
• 1999 Double Platinum
• School of Rock
• Across the Universe
• The Accidental Husband
• Crazy Beats Strong Every Time among others.
Adesola Osakalumi Choreography
Adesola has made several choreography and dance in numerous commercials as well as upfronts for Target, American Express, Panasonic, PBS Kids, Old Navy, ESPN, Fox TV, Advil, Levi 501 Jeans, Halifax Bank, Merck, NV Energy, SAP, and several other companies all over the world.
He has also served as Artistic Director/Co-Choreographer for Centrifugal Force at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors.
Adesola Osakalumi has choreographed for Eyewitness Blues for New York Theatre Workshop; Mister at the NY Fringe Festival and New York Theatre Workshop; and Hip Hop Wonderland with Bill Irwin at The New Victory Theatre.
Adesola Osakalumi Personal Life
Adesola personal life is not available.
Adesola Osakalumi Net Worth
Adesola Osakalumi has made a huge fortune and fame for himself in his career as a dancer and choreographer with an estimated net worth of about $500,000 dollars.