Savion Glover who's first name was a version of the word savior, started to tap at a young age of 9. He did so well of a job tapping( or hoofing in Brooklyn terms), he landed his first major role in a Broadway hit "The Tap Dance Kid" at the age of 11. That role also earned him the spot in "Tap" with Gregory Hines and the late Sammy Davis Jr. He received a Tony Nomination for his role in "Black and Blue" and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for best actor in the Broadway hit "Jelly's Last Jam" Savion was also featured in the Kennedy Center Honors honoring The Nicholas Brothers and the Academy Awards in 1996 where he danced a tribute to Gene Kelly. In 1991, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Youth Award and in the 1996 was the youngest recipient of the Dance Magazine Award.
Savion was in his Broadway hit "Bring in `Da Noise, Bring in `Da Funk". The show was conceived and choreographed by Savion and directed by George C Wolfe. Noise opened with rave reviews in every major newspaper and received nine Tony nominations with Savion nominated for best choreographer and best performer. Reviews appear in Time, Newsweek, and Vibe magazines. You can also catch reruns of a younger Savion on Sesame Street tap dancing. Glover has also starred in the Spike Lee joint "Bamboozled".
I picked this person because I also am a tap dancer. I am not as fast (yet) as Savion but I am getting there. Not many people realize that a person of Savion's status was plain, out of control luck and skill. He became a star at a young age, and will always be a star.