HOUGHTON - Tap dancing often evokes images of top hats, choreographed dancing and actors like Gene Autry and Fred Astaire.
Yet those images are blown away by legendary tap dancer Savion Glover, who along with his group Bare Soundz, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.
Glover, who was referred to as "the best tap dancer to have ever lived" by Gregory Hines, will bring a completely new spin on tap dance to the Rozsa.
"The show is completely unique, like nothing people will have seen before," Rozsa Center Marketing Manager Bethany Jones said. "They can forget what they've seen about tap."
Glover and two other dancers will give a performance putting tap on display as an instrument in itself. Without musical accompaniment, the trio will tap dance on boards with microphones to amplify the sound, creating an awe-inspiring visual and auditory experience.
"It's all about sounds and the acoustics of tap," Jones said. "It's such a cool thing."
Glover is the man behind "Happy Feet" and also won a Tony for "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk." He has also appeared in Broadway and films like "Black & Blue," "Tap" and "Bamboozled."
Tickets for adults are $28, seniors are $24 and students are $20. The event is sponsored by the James and Margaret Black Endowment. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at tickets.mtu.edu or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech's Student Development Complex, 600 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.