This Day in Black History: Nov. 19, 1973

Tap dancer Savion Glover was born.

Posted: 11/19/2013 12:00 AM EST

He’s done for modern tap dancing what Louis Armstrong did for jazz. A young prodigy, Savion Glover was born in Newark, New Jersey, on Nov. 19, 1973. At just 7 years old, the young Glover fell head over heels in love with “the dance.”

Later in his career, Glover met with tap giants such as Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde and Lon Chaney, dancers who greatly influenced his passion for dancing.

Glover is the force behind a movement known as "tap education," his mission: to dispel the black and white minstrels, vaudeville music hall stereotype associated with tap dancing and return the style to the heart of black dance culture.

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