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Savion Glover

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Dubbed the "Man Who Saved Tap Dancing," Savion Glover (1973- ) is credited with integrating styles of the grand masters with rhythms of rap music and hip-hop, attracting generations X, Y, and Z as audience members. At twelve, he made his Broadway debut in The Tap Dance Kid (1986) and appeared the following season in Black and Blue, which won him a Tony nomination. A sensation in the movie Tap (1988), with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., Glover was back on Broadway for Jelly's Last Jam (1989). He conceived, choreographed, and performed in Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk (1996), for which he won a Tony, six other citations, as well as the Dance Magazine Award. On television, he appeared on Sesame Street for five seasons. He choreographed and was executive producer for the ABC-TV special "Savion Glover's Nu York," starred in Showtime's The Wall, and choreographed The Rat Pack for HBO. Glover performs with his own ensemble, Not Your Ordinary Tappers (NYOT), in concert and in music videos. He dances in and choreographed the Spike Lee movie Bamboozled (2000). The autobiographical Savion! My Life in Tap (2000) was written with Bruce Weber. 

 

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Savion Glover performing at Jacob's Pillow 2002. This clip demonstrates the percussive intricacy of Glover's footwork, his astonishing technical facility, and his introspective, non-presentational performing style.


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