Savion Glover is a tap dance genius, and like others in the tap dance world, at all times, he is sure to honor those that came before him. Fittingly, in his solo Chronology of a Hoofer at NJPAC (October 8), he was flanked by photos of tap greats: Lon Chaney, Chuck Green, Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Sammy Davis jr. and Steve Condos, for whom, throughout the evening, he told story after story on how each impacted his career. Like his mentors, Glover pays it forward and supports young artists, so, also on stage for his two-hour lecture/performance, were young artists (musicians and others) who he recently mentored in their own production. When Glover does dance, he is intoxicating, he can do no wrong. He goes into a trance-like, litany of sound, and though it would be good to close your eyes and just listen, you dare not because watching him dance is satisfying. Sadly, still, in the two hours, there were only three chances to experience him dancing, the rest was a lot of talking.
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."