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Tap legend Savion Glover plays the Paramount

click to enlarge Hoof it up with Savion Glover in Denver.
  • Hoof it up with Savion Glover in Denver.

See, hoofin' is dancin' from your waist down. Ya know what I'm sayin'? People think tap dancin' is all, like, arms and legs and all this big ol' smile. Naw, it's raw and it's real and it's rhythm."

Dancing among a bank of mirrors, Savion Glover described tap this way in his Tony Award-winning show, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk.

At age 31, Glover continues to reinvent and reinvigorate the world of tap. When he performed the acclaimed Classical Savion, Glover took on the classics -- Vivaldi and Bach, among others.

Pairing tap with classical music may seem a stretch to some, but not to Glover. "My approach is a fresh energy, an attempt to conquer this music through dance," he said in a January interview with the New York Times.

Glover became a tap sensation at the age of 12 with his Broadway debut as The Tap Dance Kid. Since his debut, he has "gone to the wood" in television, movies, jazz concerts -- even the White House. He appeared opposite Gregory Hines in Jelly's Last Jam and performed in the national tour. He co-starred in the film Tap with Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., was responsible for the choreography in the award-winning Nike spots "Free Style," and recently starred in Spike Lee's film Bamboozled.

In Denver, Glover returns to the "wood" with his band The Others in a national tour with the updated Improvography II -- dancing everything from jazz, rock, hip-hop and rhythm.

-- Carolyn Carroll

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Savion Glover's Improvography II

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver

Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $39-$49; call 520-9090 or visit www.hob.com.

  • Tap legend Savion Glover plays the Paramount

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