Savion Glover to headline DCPA's 'Saturday Night Alive'

A video look back at the 2016 Saturday Night Alive gala featuring headliners Brian d’Arcy James and Kelli O’Hara. Video by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Tony Award-winner Savion Glover, a virtuosic tap dancer who made his Broadway debut at 12 in The Tap Dance Kid, will be the headlining performer at the 2017 Saturday Night Alive concert, an annual gala that raises nearly $1 million a year for the Denver Center’s arts education programs.

The DCPA’s signature fundraiser will be take place for the 37th year on March 4 in the Stage Theatre.

Savion Glover: Saturday Night AliveGlover’s Broadway credits also include Black and Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam and Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk, which won him a Tony for Best Choreography. He was nominated again this year for his work on Shuffle Along. He was recently featured on the TV dance shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Arts education is a passion for both Glover and the DCPA. The Denver Center’s extensive educational programs reached more than 105,000 students last year. Glover, 42, established the HooFeRzCLuB School for Tap, and is known to visiting schools across the country to spread his enthusiasm for dance and arts education. He was known to millions of Sesame Street fans for his appearances from 1990–95.

Glover, who was born in New Jersey, was taught by tap legend Gregory Hines, who has said, “Savion is possibly the best tap dancer who ever lived.” Glover calls his style “young and funk.” When asked to describe what funk is, he says in his biography: “Funk is anything that gets one’s head on beat. It is riding with the rhythm. It is a pulse that keeps one rolling with the beat.”

Savion Glover: Saturday Night AliveTickets to Saturday Night Alive are now on sale. Individual tickets start at $600 and tables of 10 are $10,000. In addition to Glover’s performance, the evening includes dinner, a silent auction featuring nearly 100 items such as artwork, jewelry and exotic trips, and late-night dancing.

Tickets can be purchased at 303-446-4815 or

Saturday Night Alive is sponsored by Murray BMW of Denver, United Airlines, Colorado Oil & Gas Industry, The Westin Denver Downtown, Always Best Care Senior Services, Colorado State Bank and Trust, Epicurean Culinary Group, Kathie & Keith Finger, HealthONE, Triptyk Studios and the Tuchman Family Foundation.

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