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    Savion Glover taps into the power of sound


    You had better get your tickets now, because one of the greatest names in tap is taking the stage of Centennial Hall.

    On Saturday, Nov. 13, Savion Glover — who has been hailed by the great Gregory Hines and critics alike as “”the greatest tap dancer of all time”” —  is set to bring some funk and rhythm to UApresents audiences with his energizing and aurally pleasing show “”Bare Soundz.””

    The concert, which draws on the sounds and cadences of jazz and Caribbean music, as well as several other contemporary genres, highlights Glover’s remarkable ingenuity and ability to transform dance into music. As the impetus and inspiration for Glover’s rhythmic choreography, the unique and individual flavor of each musical genre is brought to life through the percussions of the tappers’ feet. Performed without musical accompaniment, Glover and two other tap greats — Marshall Davis Jr. and Maurice Chestnut — essentially become the instruments in “”Bare Soundz,”” capturing and blending the essences of both dance and music to produce a visually and acoustically pleasing show.

    Glover, who first received national recognition with his performance in “”The Tap Dance Kid,”” was, at the age of 15, also the youngest performer to ever receive a Tony Award nomination for his role in “”Black and Blue.”” In turn, his performance in the award-winning Broadway show “”Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk,”” produced by George C. Wolfe, is often credited as having transformed the way many view the art of tap dancing. Audiences may also recognize Glover from his numerous appearances on Sesame Street in the early ’90s. Recently, Glover has also been featured in several television commercials, as a guest artist on Dancing with the Stars and was the co-choreographer and main motion-capture dancer for the loveable penguin, Mumble, in Warner Bros.’ “”Happy Feet.””

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