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The tap-dance innovator and Tony-winning choreographer behind the famed Broadway show Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk, Glover has combined the rhythms of bebop and hip-hop with seemingly impossible footwork to become "tap's superstar" (The New York Times). His road to stardom began at the tender age of twelve, when he first starred on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid. Glover's film debut followed a year later, when the young dance whiz appeared in Tap along with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. In the foreword to Glover's 2000 memoir, Savion!: My Life in Tap, Hines called Glover "the greatest tap dancer to ever lace up a pair of Capezios." Glover's many other projects over the years have included five seasons as a regular on Sesame Street, the founding of the dance companies NYOT's (for "Not Your Ordinary Tappers") and Ti Dii, and starring in and choreographing Spike Lee's film Bamboozled (2000). Reviewing an earlier performance by Glover and his ensemble, The New Yorker's dance critic, Joan Acocella, proclaimed the experience "the finest tap dancing I have ever seen," adding, "The rhythms declare themselves, then change, then take flight, then zoom off in a different direction, then circle back, then take off again...Glover is a perfect illustration of the relationship between technique and art. Most living tap dancers would probably agree that no one has ever achieved greater virtuosity than Glover."

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