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Quick: Name a tapper who happens to be awesome.

You thought of Savion Glover, right? Most people probably did.

Savion is one of the most gifted, hardest-working dancers around — but don't think he hasn't been busting his rhythmically gifted butt to get where he is today. In fact, Savion made his way onto the professional dance scene when he was just 10 years old and auditioned for a Broadway show.

Now, the handsome hoofer (and Tony Award-winning choreographer, actor and director) is teaming up with tapper Marshall Davis, Jr. in a performance tribute to Gregory Hines and other noteworthy (translation: legendary) tap greats.

The show — SoLe SANCTUARY: A hoofer's meditation on the art of tap — debuts at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., March 30–31. Tickets are reasonably priced (get 'em for just $29!), so score yours today.

Oh and Savion, you can tap for us anytime, whether you're saluting tap legends, bringing in the noise and funk or channeling your inner tapping penguin. You rock.

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Happy month of endless Hamilton celebration Tonys season, Broadway fans! This morning, delightful Book of Mormon alums Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James announced the 2016 Tony Award nominees. Can you guess which show not only dominated the list, but actually broke the Tony nomination record—which, fun fact, was previously held by The Producers and Billy Elliot? We'll give you .5 seconds. (Don't throw away your shot.)

That's right: In a surprise to pretty much nobody, Hamilton led this year's Tony pack, picking up a staggering 16 noms. That includes nods in all the "biggie" categories (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score), a slew of acting nominations and—YAY!—a nom for genius choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. In fact, the Best Choreography category is crowded with fantastic names this year, including Savion Glover for Shuffle Along and Hofesh Shechter for Fiddler on the Roof.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (center) and the fabulous dancers of Hamilton (photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Hamilton)

Full list of nominations is below. Tune in to the 70th annual Tony Award ceremony June 12 to see what promises to be a fabulous set of performances—and to find out who takes home what. (And hey, Hamilton fans: Get ready for our July/August issue. Just you wait...just you wait.)

Best Play

Eclipsed

The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Best Musical

Bright Star

Hamilton

School of Rock—The Musical

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Waitress

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Blackbird

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical

Bright Star, Steve Martin

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock—The Musical, Julian Fellowes

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Bright Star (Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell / Lyrics: Edie Brickell)

Hamilton (Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda)

School of Rock—The Musical (Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber / Lyrics: Glenn Slater)

Waitress (Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeff Daniels, Blackbird

Frank Langella, The Father

Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Laurie Metcalf, Misery

Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed

Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Zachary Levi, She Loves Me

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Jessie Mueller, Waitress

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans

Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

David Furr, Noises Off

Richard Goulding, King Charles III

Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed

Megan Hilty, Noises Off

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans

Andrea Martin, Noises Off

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Jennifer Simard, Disaster!

Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin

Christopher Oram, Hughie

Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

David Zinn, The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho

David Korins, Hamilton

Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Michael Krass, Noises Off

Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting

Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Justin Townsend, The Humans

Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III

Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, The Humans

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

John Doyle, The Color Purple

Scott Ellis, She Loves Me

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star

Larry Hochman, She Loves Me

Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton

Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

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Aren't totally-out-of-left-field surprises just the best? Look: When I first heard that Alfonso Ribeiro would be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" this season, my reaction was...puzzled bemusement. Carlton from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"? I mean, the Carlton dance is great and all, but...what?

Aaaaaaaaand then last night happened. I don't care if you're a hardcore "DWTS" fan or if you never watch the show: You need to see Ribeiro's performance. It. Is. Fantastic. And I don't mean fantastic for "DWTS"—I mean fantastic, period.

Let's make it clear here that a lot of credit is due to Ribeiro's pro partner Witney Carson, who a) is a gorgeous dancer herself and b) created a routine that showcases Ribeiro at his very best. But goodness gracious, there's a lot of natural dance talent there!

And he knows it.

After a little Googling, this all makes sense: Back in 1983, Ribeiro had a leading role in The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway. (His understudy? Baby Savion Glover, who later took over the show's title role.) The following year, Ribeiro appeared as a dancer in one of Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercials (which you need to go watch right now). He even has a dance instruction book. Who knew??

Enjoy—and keep an eye on this dynamic "DWTS" duo!

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(Courtesy Savion Glover Productions)

Here at DS, we like to ask young dancers questions like: Who inspires you? Who's your favorite dancer? Who would you drop everything to go see? It's always interesting to hear the variety of names that pop up. But when it comes to aspiring tappers, one man almost always makes the list: Savion Glover. For example, we recently learned that Sophia Anne Caruso (NBC's The Sound of Music Live!) and Ansel Elgort (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars) both cite Glover as one of their dance idols.

Even established hoofers—like Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith and Chloé Arnold—mention Glover when they recall the people who inspired and influenced them along their tap journey. Long story short? This man is a dance legend.

But unlike some other dance legends—such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gregory Hines, Gene Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr.—we don't have to rely on old videos to see him dance. We can see him live! This week, Glover is coming to the Joyce Theater in NYC for a short run of his new show, OM. Performances begin on June 24 and go until July 12, and tickets start as low as $10! Click here for more info on the show and here to purchase your tickets.

In the meantime, check out this clip from the 1996 Tony Awards, featuring Glover's award-winning choreography for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk:

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