Glover's work as a choreographer has aided in the preservation of tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. In 1996, he made his Broadway debut as the lead in the musical Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, which he also choreographed. The following year, he became the first tap dancer to win the Tony Award for Best Choreography.
Glover has gone on to create more than 20 other dances, all of which have been nominated for or won various awards. His works include Savion Glover's New York Groove (1999), Tap Dance Sensation (2000), and Savion Glover's Feel No Shame (2004). He has also collaborated on projects with other artists such as James Brown on The Ultimate Performance/Get On The Floor (2001) and Queen Latifah on Dance Your Way Into My Heart (2002).
In addition to his own work, Glover has directed several others including Friends Without Benefits (2003), which he also wrote. That same year, he received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Champion for Change Award for his efforts to promote equality for LGBT people through the arts.
Glover currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Savion Glover was born on January 4th, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the oldest of three children of Sylvia, a homemaker, and William Glover, a medical doctor.
Glover's professional apex (one of many) was the 1995 off-Broadway and 1996 Broadway performances of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, an auspicious collaboration between director George C. Wolfe, spoken-word artist Reg E. Gaines, and Glover, who choreographed and performed. The show is described by The New York Times as a "fusion of rap and jazz" that features Glover rapping and dancing.
Bring in 'da Noise, brought Glover to the attention of hip hop fans across the country. During its run on Broadway, the show was broadcast on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television. Glover appeared in several episodes of PBS' Rap Session with Doc Watson and Mountain Stage with Bill Mays. He also made several guest appearances on the award-winning HBO series South Central Television.
After the closing of Bring in 'da Noise, Glover continued to work regularly as a choreographer and dancer. In addition, he has appeared in such films as Poetic Justice, What If? , Romeo Must Die, and Friday After Next. Glover has also had supporting roles in several TV shows including Queen Latifah's Uptown Comedy Hour and Martin Lawrence's Big Willie Style.
In 2001, Glover released his first album as a leader, Hot 8 Brass Band, on Black Saint Records. The group's sound has been compared to that of Charles Brown's band.
Glover's ability piqued the interest of a choreographer for the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, and he served as an understudy before obtaining the main part in 1984. In 1989, he returned to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the musical revue Black and Blue. Following that, he appeared in the film Tap (1989).
His other films include Congo (1995), Bulletproof (1996), Outlaw Blues (1996), Free Ride (2001), and Hustle & Flow (2005). On television, he had a recurring role as Detective Eric Gant on the CBS crime drama series Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2009 and has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for his work on the show. Glover also has numerous guest appearances on American TV shows, including Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, Amen, The Jeffersons, A Different World, Whoopi Goldberg Presents: Hollywood Dreams, and Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
On stage, he has returned to The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway twice. First in 1992, then again in 2001 when that production became a hit songbook. He has also starred in the original cast recording of this show.
His other Broadway credits include Ain't Misbehavin' (as Fats), The Wiz (as Scarecrow), Nine (as Tino), and The Color Purple (as Paul).
Glover started his acting career in 1983.
Glover made his cinematic debut in 1989, dancing opposite Gregory Hines in Tap. Glover made his choreographic debut at the Apollo Theater's Rat-A-Tat-Tap Festival in New York City the next year, at the age of seventeen, and began dancing on Sesame Street the following year.
He has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine seven times and has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street. Glover has also received a Golden Globe Award and three NAACP Image Award nominations.
Glover's family moved to California when he was only six years old. He says that he used to "dance for fun" when he was a child. When he was nine years old, Glover took tap dancing lessons from an instructor named John Roberts. Within a few months, he was taking jazz classes from another instructor named Eddie Daniels. Glover says that he loved dancing so much that he decided to make it his career instead of going to school.
In 1987, Glover was invited by the Apollo Theatre in Chicago to dance at their annual Rat-A-Tat-Tap Festival. The invitation came after one of his performances had been nominated for a Best Choreography Oscar. This is how he got his start in dance. Since then, he has gone on to win several awards including an Emmy Award for his work on Sesame Street.