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Critics have been calling Savion Glover the best tap dancer of our time for so long that many have dropped the qualifying clause, simply declaring him the best tapper ever. With just the rhythm he creates with his feet, Glover can stir deep emotions, a skill that’s most often ascribed to poetic pop musicians or ballerinas. Hoping to land a gig as a drummer, Glover was 7 years old when he walked into New York’s legendary Hines-Hatchett studio, and some of tap’s greatest legends redirected his rhythmic aims from music to dance. By 12, he’d made his debut on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid and later brought black history to the stage in Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. Now, in hopes of keeping the art of tap alive for future generations, Glover continues to incorporate elements of history into his live performances. But he hasn’t given up on the more kid-friendly aspects of performing. Glover became known to many young people when he tapped out the alphabet during his four-year stint on Sesame Street and, more recently, created the movements for the dancing penguins in Happy Feet. Savion Glover performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$55. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.