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Meet The Artists


Savion  Glover

tap virtuoso / African-American history

(1973- )

Savion Glover is widely considered to have revitalized the art of tap dancing. His contemporary style is celebrated for its speed, clarity and power. Younger audiences appreciate the modern influences, such as hip hop, in his work.

Glover was born in Newark, New Jersey. He showed a precocious talent for rhythm, and began drumming lessons at age four. Shortly after enrolling at New York's Broadway Dance Center in 1982, Glover made his Broadway debut as the title character in the musical The Tap Dance Kid. His career as a tap virtuoso was launched.

From the beginning, learning from established master tappers was important to Glover. He strongly believes in honouring the artists, mostly African-American, who comprise the history of tap in the United States. One of these was his mentor, the celebrated Gregory Hines (1946-2003), with whom Glover starred in the movie Tap (1989).

Glover's popular appeal is indicated by his long running appearance in the PBS children's show, Sesame Street, playing a character called Savion, and often dancing. The role was introduced in 1990, the same year he choreographed his first work, New Tap Generation(s), for 28 performers.

Bring in'da Noise, Bring in'da Funk (1995) combined explosive dancing with Glover's interest in the roots of tap. The work, which traced the history of black America through its dance forms, from slavery to the present day, won Glover a Tony Award for best choreography for a Broadway show.

Glover continues to evolve as an artist. In his Improvography (2003), for instance, the first act is a solo showcasing a less hard-hitting, more elegant Glover.


Learn more:

Glover, Savion and Bruce Weber. Savion! My Life in Tap. New York: William Morrow and Company, 2000