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SOLE Defined


SOLE Defined puts an exciting twist on percussive dance by turning their bodies into human drums translating global rhythms into movement. SOLE Defined Artists fuse tap dance, sand dance, tapping on roller skates and body percussion to create a free flowing conversation through music and movement.

Created in 2011 by Ryan Johnson (of the critically-acclaimed “Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil” and “STOMP”) and Quynn Johnson (-an award-winning performing artist), SOLE Defined has performed in distinguished venues both nationally and internationally including The Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow, The Shakespeare Theater, The Smithsonian, International Cajon Festival and DancEncore International Dance Festival.

Quoted by the Washington post Sole Defined “Performed the coolest number of the night with their high-stepping toe tapping blind of styles.” SOLE Defined is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to the preservation and restoration of percussive dance in international communities.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/14/2018: SOLE Defined

The Golden Age of Hip Hop was a defining moment that continues to leave an indelible mark on our culture, identity, and way of life. SOLE Defined takes us on a journey back in time, fusing a live DJ, tap dance, and stepping. DJ The Kid spins the sounds of the 90s on the turntables while SOLE Defined blends the sounds of their feet, taking the audience on a rhythmic roller coaster.

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