Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz
Hailed by The New York Times as “the greatest tap dancer who has ever lived,” Savion Glover brings his high energy and fancy footwork to the SOPAC stage in a very special evening. This Tony Award-winning tap dancer, choreographer and producer is celebrating his 33rd year as a performing artist.
On Saturday, May 19th, SOPAC welcomes the return of Newark’s native son, an artist for the ages, the breathtaking tap dancer and choreographer, Savion Glover. Mr. Glover last appeared at SOPAC for our Gala in 2016, and wowed our guests with the gravity-defying beauty of his footwork and the percussive, jazz-inflected, sound of his tap shoes. It will be a rare treat to experience Mr. Glover in SOPAC’s intimate space. We are honored to present this dance legend in our community.
-Mark Packer, SOPAC Executive Director
Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at age 11 in The Tap Dance Kid (1985) before earning his first Tony nomination at age 15 for Black and Blue (1989). He worked with George Wolfe on Jelly’s Last Jam (1992) and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996), earning him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Another Tony Award nomination followed in 2016 for Shuffle Along.
He conquered Hollywood when he appeared with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. in Tap, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, both choreographed by Glover.
Savion Glover has also enjoyed dancing on concert stages throughout the world with legendary Jazz musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, and McCoy Tyner. In his hometown of Newark New Jersey, Savion Glover holds the honor of being on the Board of Directors at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where he also serves as its Dance Ambassador.
A native of Newark, Savion Glover established The HooFeRzCLuB School For Tap as well as Savion Glover Productions- a production company that celebrates the tradition of tap dancing and sound, and also serves as a team-based organization providing quality production and project management services for tap dancers.
Savion Glover is thankful for and wishes to forever acknowledge Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, Isaiah Lon Chaney, Buster Brown, Dianne Walker, Chuck Green, Sir Slyde, Ralph Brown, Ivery Dan, Henry LeTang, George Hillman, and John Coltrane, some of the greatest entertaining HooFeRz and musicians to date.
He continues to focus on bringing attention to the art form of Tap Dance as an instrumental component as well as maintaining a highly entertaining visual.
Dance performances at SOPAC are supported in part by the
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.