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But later, when he hung out with Slyde and Chaney, he got a whole different perspective. Savion explained: Just by watching them, I saw it wasn’t about pleasing the audience; it was about expressing yourself. It didn’t happen right away. You don’t just wake up and find your voice, your style. It has to develop. But during Black and Blue was when I started realizing I could create my own kind of dance. Up to that point all I was doing was dancing. The time Savion spent as a member of the Black and Blue cast also played a part in his own personal growth.

Yvette showed some of her own musical talent—she liked to sing, so her mother put her in the church choir. The church offered a comfortable place to relax and socialize with other church members. In Johnson’s article, Yvette Glover said: My mother was an extraordinarily gifted and brilliant woman. Wherever she went to play, I was right there. So I started going to church. And at that time, my friends and I, we stayed in church all day. We had so much fun! We would run up to the nearest restaurant, and see who could get there first to hold the seats, then go back and sing in the choir.

Here, the legendary masters of the medium took the young boy under their tutelage, and Savion welcomed it. Wrote Bruce Weber of Savion in My Life in Tap: As a dancer he aped his elders, mastering the conventional steps—the shuffle, the paddle and roll, the buck and wing—and fusing them to a youthful enthusiasm and athletic, muscular grace. It would be years before he would begin to develop his own style, but as a dancer, he was, if not yet original, fast and inexhaustible. 45 46 Savion GLOVER Though professional opportunities were exciting, and financially beneficial, they also required Yvette to maneuver her son through the other, more difficult aspects of the entertainment world.

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