Black History Month Part II: Savion Glover

Photo: muppet.wikia.com

Dancer. Choreographer. Educator. All these titles describe one of the most famous names in the world of American tap dance, Savion Glover.

Born in 1973, Glover has history in his family. His great grandfather on his mother’s side, Dick “King Richard” Lundy, was a short stop for the Negro Leagues. His grandfather, William Lewis, was a big-band pianist and vocalist who played the jazz scene throughout New England. His grandmother, Anna Lundy Lewis, played for Whitney Houston* in a local Baptist choir.

As a child, Glover excelled in music. He started out with the drums and moved on to another school when he was assessed as being too advanced. He later started tap at the age of seven. He started a love affair with the art of tap dance that would become his career.

Among his accomplishments: Glover is the youngest person to win a National Endowment for the Arts grant at 17. He choreographed and performed in the Broadway musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk and won a Tony for his choreography. He has performed with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines. He had a regular role for five years on Sesame Street. He appeared in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and TV’s “Bojangles,” the story of tap dancer Bill Robinson. He choreographed the moves of Mumble in the animated movie Happy Feet. He has his own production company and started the HooFeRzCLub  School for Tap.

His style is booming, forceful and energetic—echoing rhythms in every step. This style is called “hitting,” which according to Wikipedia, is “one’s ability to express oneself, to complete a tap sequence, to say something.” Savion continues to speak with his feet, his rhythm, his love for tap, and his desire to teach his talent to others.

Get Savion’s style: Exercise and locs are the perfect marriage. You can wash and go or do a water rinse in between full washes. Most important: you must rinse out the salt from sweat after your workouts. Also with frequent washing—especially in winter—locs need moisture. Hot oil treatments, oils for daily use, and drinking lots of water will help your locs looking and feeling their best.

Gail Mitchell
Editor, Loc’d Life Magazine

Check out our archive of stories on www.locdlife.com. In the meantime, see this video of Glover’s electrifying moves—proof that he is making Black history everyday!

Source: Wikipedia.org, biography.com, YouTube.com

*Editor’s note: We at Loc’d Life are saddened by the untimely death of Whitney Houston. We will always love you!

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