JANUARY 26

JANUARY 26

ON THIS DATE 25 years ago (1989), fifteen-year-old Savion Glover appeared in the Broadway musical Black and Blue, which opened at the Minskoff Theater and played for 829 performances. Glover and and two other teenage dancers brought down the house, said The New York Times, by tapping up and down a stairway to the tune of “Rhythm Is Our Business.”

One month later Glover starred with Gregory Hines in the movie, Tap. “He is as dazzling and inventive a performer as ever, a dancer whose irrepressible physical expansiveness gives him a soaring look,” The Times said in 1991, the year Glover won a Martin Luther King Outstanding Youth Award. “Dance seems to flow out of him, with an endearing lack of assumption.”

Glover was just twelve when he made his Broadway debut as the title character in The Tap Dance Kid. He won a Tony award for choreographing 1996’s Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, a musical he co-created with George C. Wolfe. “My style is young,” Glover has said. “I feel like it’s one of my responsibilities to keep the dance alive, to keep it out there.”

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