A native of Boston, Derick K. Grant has been tapping for 27 years. He was an original
company member and Dance Captain for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
at The Joseph
Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and on Broadway. Derick recreated Savion Glover's
choreography and starred in the role of 'da beat for the first national tour.
Derick began his training at the age of two at The Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, and by
the time he was eight years old, he has learned the "hoofin" style of tap from the master tap dancer
Diane Walker. Derick furthered his training in Los Angeles at Universal Dance Design Studio under the
tutelage of Paul Kennedy. Derick spent three years with the Jazz Tap Ensemble touring the world. He is
the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Upcoming Young Artists as well as The Helen Hayes Award (Washington D.C.)
for Outstanding featured Actor for his role in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
. Derick was featured at
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts African Odyssey program, part of the Expresiones Latinas Festival.
He collaborated on a piece that incorporated tap and capoeira with renowned Brazilian artist Nego Gato, which
opened the festivities for singer Daniella Mercury. He also choreographed and performed in a piece on the history
of tap that launched the Black History Month 2001 celebration at Aaron Davis Hall. Recent compositions were featured
in The Queens Symphony Opera's Duke Ellington Concert in Ann Arbor's Arts Festival.
Most recently Derick created Imagine Tap
that had a successful run in Chicago, and A Night Out: Tap!
which toured the country for three months. Of his latest
choreography and performance with Jazz Tap Ensemble at the Joyce Theater in NYC the New York Times
"Mr. Grant let gusts of rhythm propel him with remarkable velocity!"