Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor SAVION GLOVER is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship at the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. Upon graduating from Newark’s Arts High School, he returned to Broadway in George C. Wolfe’s Jelly’s Last Jam.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed “free-style hard core.” The Tony Award-winning dancer has worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures, and in 1992, Glover made history when he became the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
As a choreographer, Glover creates work that has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. In 1996, Glover rejoined Wolfe to conceive, choreograph, and star in Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. The Broadway musical revue chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for Best Choreographer.
Glover became known to the younger generation through his recurring appearances on Sesame Street. He is credited with the live dancing motion capture behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney films Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2. Savion also served as co-choreographer for the films.
Glover’s quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.