BWW Reviews: SAVION GLOVER'S STEPZ at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College Looks to the Past for the Future of Tap
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College started off its 2013-2014 season with the bang of Savion Glover's tap shoes. The venue hosted a performance of Savion Glover's STePz on November 2nd. In the program, Glover listed himself simply as "hoofer, father, husband." Nevertheless, it is undeniable that Glover is a living icon. Glover first appeared on Broadway at the age of 12 in The Tap Dance Kid. By his early 20s, Glover was nominated for a Tony Award for his choreography Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Many millenials grew up watching Glover as a featured performer on Sesame Street and today's children see him as the man behind the tap-dancing penguin in Happy Feet.
In addition to Glover, this performance featuRed Marshall Davis Jr. and the "3 Controversial Women": Robyn Watson, Ayodele Casel, and Sarah Savelli. Each was introduced with a solo at the beginning of the first number and received significant stage time throughout the evening. Watson, Casel, and Savelli had an 'Anderson Sisters Moment' when they tackled "Bugle Call Rag"; Marshall shared the stage with Glover during several battle numbers. Still, Glover was undeniably the star. None of the other dancers could match Glover's intensity and his almost out-of-control physical style. The most memorable moments featured Glover dancing by himself. "Flamenco Sketches" started with perfect stillness except for a buzzing noise-Glover's toe tapping away. Legend has it that Ann Miller could tap 500 times a minute; it would be worth science's time to measure the speed of Glover's electric feet.