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 South Orange Performing Arts Center stage onMay 19 at 8 p.m. in a very special evening. The OUT’KNiGHTz will be his percussion collaborators as he displays the singular talents that have brought him acclaim since childhood. This Tony Award-winning tap dancer, choreographer and producer is celebrating his 33rd year as a performing artist.
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) andBring 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’sBamboozled and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, both choreographed by Savion 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.
“We are proud to present such a stellar artist at SOPAC,” extolled Executive Director Mark Packer. “Savion holds a special place in the world of Broadway and Film not only as a superb dancer, but as an award-winning choreographer and producer. Simply put, there is nobody like him!”
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. He continues to focus on bringing attention to the art form of Tap Dance as an instrumental component as well as providing a highly entertaining visual experience.
Savion Glover will bring his talents to the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $58-$78 and go on sale to the public March 9 at noon. They can be purchased online at http://www.sopacnow.org/savion-glover or by calling the box office at (973) 313-2787.
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Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions. SOPAC also presents performances by its professional theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org