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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Tap Dancer
Choreographer
Actor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni And Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica, Anywhere Tropical, Paris
Favorite Quote:
What Did He Do?

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1973
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Tap Dancer
Choreographer
Actor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni And Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica, Anywhere Tropical, Paris
Favorite Quote:
What Did He Do?

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1973
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Tap dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover was born on November 19, 1973 in Newark, New Jersey. Glover began taking in music classes at Newark Community School of the Arts at four years old. He soon progressed to advanced classes, becoming the youngest student in the school’s history to receive a full scholarship. At the age of seven, Glover enrolled in tap dance classes, and was soon opening at festivals with such greats as Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, Honi Coles, and Buster Brown. In 1991, Glover graduated from Newark’s Arts High School.

Glover appeared on Broadway for the first time at ten years old in The Tap Dance Kid. He was featured in the title role when the production moved to the Minskoff Theater in 1984. From 1988 to 1989, Glover danced in Black and Blue, a Broadway musical revue of black Parisian culture in the interwar period. His performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, and he was dubbed a “teen-age prodigy” by The New York Times’ dance critic Anna Kisselgoff. In 1989, Glover made his film debut dancing in Tap, alongside Gregory Hines. The following year, at the age of seventeen, Glover made his choreographic debut at the Apollo Theater’s Rat-A-Tat-Tap Festival in New York City, and began dancing on Sesame Street. Upon his graduation from Newark’s Arts High School, Glover portrayed the young Jelly Roll Morton, appearing again with Gregory Hines, in George C. Wolfe’s Jelly’s Last Jam. In 1996, Glover rejoined Wolfe to conceive, choreograph and star in Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, a Broadway musical revue of black history. Glover returned to film in 2000 to portray the tap-dancing minstrel Manray/Mantan in Spike Lee’s satire, Bamboozled. He also appeared in the television biopic Bojangles (2001), Classical Savion at New York City’s Joyce Theater, and provided the choreography for the tap-dancing penguin Mumble in the animated movie Happy Feet (2006). Glover opened his tap school, The HooFeRzCLuB School for TaP, in Newark in 2009. He continued performing pieces such as SoLe Sanctuary (2011) and Om (2014) at the Joyce Theater, until reuniting with director George C. Wolfe as choreographer of the 2016 musical Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

In 1992, Glover became the youngest recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Glover was nominated for several Tony Awards for Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, winning the Best Choreography Award, in addition to a Drama Desk Award.

Savion Glover was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 30, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Savion Glover's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Savion Glover lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Savion Glover talks about his mother's singing career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Savion Glover describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Savion Glover talks about his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Savion Glover describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Savion Glover describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Savion Glover describes his maternal grandmother's musical career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Savion Glover talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Savion Glover reflects upon his lack of a father figure
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Savion Glover describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Savion Glover describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Savion Glover describes his schooling in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Savion Glover recalls the start of his tap training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Savion Glover remembers his early tap lessons at the Hines-Hatchett dance studio in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Savion Glover recalls his audition for 'The Tap Dance Kid'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Savion Glover describes his experiences on Broadway in 'The Tap Dance Kid'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Savion Glover describes his experiences at the Profession Children's School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Savion Glover remembers auditioning for shows in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Savion Glover talks about the impact of his early celebrity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Savion Glover remembers performing in 'Black and Blue' in Paris, France, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Savion Glover remembers performing in 'Black and Blue' in Paris, France, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Savion Glover recalls the development of his technique during the production of 'Black and Blue'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Savion Glover talks about the influence of his tap dance predecessors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Savion Glover describes the evolution of his tap style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Savion Glover reflects upon the influence of his 'Black and Blue' cast members
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Savion Glover talks about his time in Paris, France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Savion Glover remembers being cast in 'Tap'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Savion Glover describes the film, 'Tap'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Savion Glover remembers Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Savion Glover describes his start as a choreographer and teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Savion Glover remembers the death of Hassoun Tatum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Savion Glover remembers his guest appearances on 'Sesame Street'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Savion Glover remembers performing in 'Jelly's Last Jam'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Savion Glover reflects upon his experiences in 'Jelly's Last Jam'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Savion Glover reflects upon the influence of his teachers and mentors