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Everything is copacetic on Nat'l Tap Dance Day

Savion Glover will perform at UNCW June 7. (Source: Associated Press) Savion Glover will perform at UNCW June 7. (Source: Associated Press)
National Tap Dance Day falls on Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) National Tap Dance Day falls on Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
(WECT) -

Everything is "copacetic" on May 25 as dancers around the world celebrate National Tap Dance Day.

The date was chosen in correlation to the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson - a significant contributor to the tap community.

The idea of the day was first presented to Congress in 1989 and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 8, 2004.

The official observance was on May 25, 1989 to honor the cultural heritage, "reflecting the fusion of African and European cultures into an exemplification of the American spirit."

Bojangles is known for dancing with child star Shirley Temple, and their staircase duet, "The Little Colonel" is arguably one of his most memorable performance.

Savion Glover, another dancer who has heavily influenced the style of tap dance today is performing at UNCW in June. The tapping marvel created his own style he dubbed "free style hard core."

Glover began performing as a child and made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid and was featured on Sesame Street.

He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet.

Savion Glover will perform June 9 with Jack DeJohnette at Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Click here to buy tickets: http://bit.ly/25hijBA

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