NEWARK, NJ - A Sparta High School student has been participating in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Arts Education summer intensive with the “Tap Dance Kid” Savion Glover. Mia Brady will be performing at the NJPAC’s Victoria Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 13 to 15.
Brady and the other students have been rehearsing since July 15. She rehearses every evening, now that school has begun. Technical rehearsals will take place this week.
"Savion is hands-on and encouraging,” Brady said. “He has challenged me in my tapping skills, like no one has even done before. It truly has been an honor to work with him. He is always teaching us, having us learn about our craft, and sharing inspirational words with us."
Glover began his professional dance career at the age of 10 when he played Willie, a boy with dreams of becoming a dancer, in “The Tap Dance Kid.” Glover has performed in “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Happy Feet.” He earned a Tony Award for his choreography in the musical “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk.”
Glover traces his roots to Newark where he now owns the building in which he took his first tap classes.
Friday and Saturday’s performances are at 7 p.m. The curtain rises at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The community is invited to get tickets to the shows at the NJPAC box office.