Under the direction of Savion Glover, STePz is yet another exuberant celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance. Glover returns to Harris Center for the Arts in this, his latest dance production, on March 12 & 13. Glover and his ensemble of dancers (TLHS) take tap dance to new heights and levels while fusing traditional music selections of the past with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy of the future.
This production of STePz exposes Glover’s capability of all complexities of jazz phrasing, both bass line and melody, the wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction, from departure to return. Glover’s STePz will once again display the infinite versatility and virtuoso of his genius as a tap master.
Glover is a Tony-winning, hoofer, choreographer and producer. His numerous credits include the Broadway shows “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Black and Blue,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk,” and the films “Tap” with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., “Bamboozled” by Spike Lee and “Happy Feet” 1 and 2, an Academy Award-winner choreographed by Glover.
It’s hard to believe that Glover, who first gained attention in the Broadway show “The Tap Dance Kid,” is almost 40. (He was only 10 when, as an understudy, he took over the title role to rave reviews). In the years since then, he’s appeared in other musicals, won a Tony in his early twenties for his choreography and done films and TV shows, spreading his particular brand of urban tap to a wide audience.
Glover’s style is marked by unpredictability; it’s possible to be lulled by his fine control one moment and jarred by an involuntarily flung arm the next. There is nothing boring about his dance-making and watching his latest piece is like going on every ride at the carnival.
Perhaps his most lasting influence will be as a teacher. In Newark, his home town, he runs a tap school called HooFeRzCLuB, where he makes sure that pupils know who their tap forebears are and gives them proper respect. His latest production STePz pays homage to some of the tap masters, and along the way cements Glover’s own place in its history.
Savion Glover’s STePz will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Tickets are $25 to $45 with premium seats available for $55; students with ID pay $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.