Speak with tap great Savion Glover for only a moment and you’ll immediately feel his reverence for the art form that is tap: “I recognized through the tap giants that I got to work with, like Dianne Walker, Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines and Buster Brown, that it was special for me to have been invited to participate in the art form,” says Glover. “They had poured so much time and interest in me that I had no choice but to carry on the tradition for them.”
Glover began studying tap at the age of 7, when his mother signed him up for classes. His career jumped into overdrive when DT July cover subject Frank Hatchett recommended Glover for an audition for the Broadway show The Tap Dance Kid. Once Glover booked the job, he got the chance to study under legendary tappers—and that’s when “the seriousness kicked in with the dance,” he says. “If not for my teachers, I would not be here now. It’s for them that I dance now.”
Glover has done his best to continue to not only preserve the art of tap dance but also pass it on to youngsters in Newark, New Jersey, at his HooFeRzCLuB School for Tap. Glover’s goal for his students is to learn and appreciate dance as an educational tool and historical touchstone.
As fellow DT editor Joe Sullivan has already noted, Glover is currently performing at the Joyce Theater in New York. His three-week show, STePz, ends this Saturday, July 6, so get your tickets while you still can!
Photo courtesy of Savion Glover Productions and Scott Klein