Derick K. Grant joined the Conservatory in 2021 as an assistant professor of theater, and teaches tap dance for the musical theater program.
Grant has a famed dance career that spans over three decades. Under the direction of legendary director George C. Wolfe, he was an original company member and the dance captain for Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk at the Public Theater and on Broadway, and he also starred in the first national tour. He created the critically acclaimed show Imagine Tap! and was coartistic director of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Festival. Other notable choreography and performance credits include the Apollo Theater’s Get on the Good Foot and its national tour; the Kennedy Center’s African Odyssey; and his own production on the history of tap, A Night Out: Tap. He is the recipient of a Helen Hayes Award, Princess Grace Award, and two Los Angeles Ovation Awards. He has taught internationally, including in Japan, Russia, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and France, and has also taught for Jacob’s Pillow, the American Tap Dance Foundation, and at Steps on Broadway in New York City for 18 years.