Happy Birthday Derick Grant!

by Sarah Friswell
photo by Matthew Murphy

It brings me great pleasure to introduce our featured birthday of this month, Boston native, Derick Grant.  Derick has been tapping for almost 30 years and was one of the original company members of Savion Glover's 'Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk'. Derick learned his rhythmic hoofin style of tap from one of the greats, Boston's own Diane Walker, or Lady Di as we like to call her.  Since then, Derick has tapped all across the country and all around the world!  He has even created two of his own shows, 'A Night Out: Tap!' and 'Imagine Tap!'.

I was lucky enough to get to learn from Derick when I was in the TAProject at Impulse Dance Center in Natick. We had bake sales and tapped on wooden boards on the street to be able to have him come teach a master class and set a piece on our company. I remember feeling very at ease with his teaching style and was incredibly impressed with the way he was able to move and create sound so effortlessly. So it's my pleasure to wish Derick a wonderfully happy birthday from Monkeyhouse!

Happy Birthday to our other May birthdays...

Rich Miner, Joan Panek, Bari RosenbergAmanda MastroianniChikako IwahoriSusan Nase, Jim Pagella, Isabel Fine, Jon Schaffrath, Derick GrantHillary-Marie MichaelJon Keith, Andrew Fine, Leah Sakala, Janine Harrington, Olivia Buntane, Elizabeth TerschuurKendra Heithoff HenselerBill "Bojangles" Robinson, and Buster Brown.

p.s.  Thank you Matthew Murphy for letting us use this great photo!

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