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Mon, 11.19.1973

Savion Glover, tap dancer, choreographer, and actor

Savion Glover

Savion Glover was born on this date in 1973. He is an African American actor, tap dancer, and choreographer.

Glover was born in Newark, N.J., where as a young child he displayed an enthusiasm for rhythms and at age four he began taking drumming lessons. At age seven he began taking tap lessons and quickly developed a passion for rhythm tap, a form that uses all parts of the foot to create sound. Glover is a graduate of the Newark Arts High School.

While a student at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, his teacher arranged an audition for him with a Broadway choreographer. This led to his Broadway debut at age 10 in "The Tap Dance Kid." He made his film debut in 1989's "Tap" co-starring with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. In 1990, he joined the cast of the children's television series, "Sesame Street."

He came to additional public attention in 1996, starring in the George C. Wolfe-produced musical "Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk" for which he won the 1996 Tony award. He also starred in Spike Lee's 2000 film "Bamboozled." In 2004, Glover partnered with spoken word artist Reg E. Gaines and saxophonist Matana Roberts in a John Coltrane-inspired improvisation session, "If Trane Wuz Here."

Savion has danced on concert stages throughout the world, including the Moulin Rouge, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He choreographed a work for the Washington Society for the Performing Arts in association with the NEA and has received an Endowment Grant for Choreography, making him the youngest person in NEA history to receive this honor. He has won numerous other awards

In 2005, he collaborated with a string chamber orchestra and his band, "The Otherz," in "Classical Savion". He is the motion-capture dancer for Mumble, the penguin in the Warner Bros. animated release "Happy Feet."

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