The Late Movies: Savion Glover

Andréa Fernandes

Today is the 39th birthday of tap dance virtuoso Savion Glover. To celebrate, we're showcasing 12 highlights from his lengthy career in the entertainment industry.

Tap Dance Kid

Savion's Broadway debut was at the age of 10 in Tap Dance Kid in 1983. (He was the understudy for Alfonso Ribeiro until 1984.) In this clip, Savion and Marjorie-Martine Allard perform their duet "(We'll See) Someday" for a 1985 charity fundraising TV special.

Black and Blue

At the age of 15, in 1989, Savion joined the cast of this Broadway show, for which he became one of the youngest Tony Award nominees. (The ensemble dance sequences that include Savion are at the 2:12, 3:19, 3:59, 5:25, and 5:45 minute marks.)

Sesame Street

Savion was a regular on the popular kids' show while he was a teenager, from 1991 through 1995.

Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk

Savion's 1995 Off-Broadway musical moved to Broadway in 1996. It was nominated for 6 Tony Awards that year and won 4, including the choreography award, which went to Savion. This performance is from the 50th Tony Awards in 1996.

"Havana" by Kenny G

The musical for Kenny G's 1997 single "Havana" featured Savion.

At the White House

In 1998, Savion performed at the White House with his troupe, Not Your Ordinary Tappers or NYOT, as part of PBS's "In Performance at the White House" series.

Barbra Streisand's "Timeless"

Barbra Streisand's "Timeless" concert was held on New Year's Eve 1999 and New Year's Day 2000. Savion tapped throughout as "Brother Time."


Spike Lee's 2000 satirical film Bamboozled features Savion as a street performer hired to star in a minstrel television show. This scene is a rehearsal scene from the movie.


Savion was the "Newcomer" in Showtime's 2001 movie Bojangles, appearing alongside Gregory Hines.

A Tribute to Tom Hanks

Savion and his protege, Cartier Williams, performed at the 30th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Tom Hanks in 2002.

Dancing with the Stars

Savion and his group Bare Soundz performed for the first ever "Stars of Dance" showcase on ABC's Dancing with the Stars in season 5.

Happy Feet

Savion choreographed Mumble for 2006's Happy Feet and its sequel, Happy Feet 2. He also did the motion capture for Mumble in the original Happy Feet.