|photo by Thaddeus Harden|
Formerly a senior teaching artist (for seven years), and co–Artistic Director of the American Ballroom Theater Youth Company, Grant's innovative choreography of the children was featured on Good Morning America with Antonio Banderas, The 35th Anniversary Gala for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with Marvin Hamlisch, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, PBS, numerous gala appearances, as well as a two-page photo spread for the March 2008 issue of Vogue. While enormously proud of his children’s performances, he is equally thrilled to have taught literally hundreds of wedding couples for their first dance as husband and wife (www.weddingdanceroutine.com).
As a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, Sid Grant has danced in film and TV, often assisting in training actors and actresses for ballroom dancing scenes. He is featured in the hit documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom, and his Brooklyn school children are captured on the DVD of Take The Lead winning the New York City ballroom dancing finals at the Winter Garden in lower Manhattan. He has had the pleasure of working with many stars of stage and screen, including Julia Roberts in her movie Mona Lisa Smile, in which he danced with Golden Globe nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal and Academy and Tony–award winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, who heads up the BALLROOM BASIX™ advisory committee.
Additionally, Sid has served as the ballroom/latin dance master class instructor at The School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center, where he also recently taught the patrons for the Viennese Ball at City Opera. A firm believer in bringing the transformational power of partner dancing to as many people as possible, he's also conducted corporate health and wellness workshops for major companies such as AT&T, Ziff Davis and Exxon, among others – work that serves as a model for the launch of his BALLROOM BASIX™ 4 BUSINESS program.
Reared by parents who believed in academia and artistry in equal measure, Grant graduated among the Top Ten students of his Ramapo High School class in Franklin Lakes, NJ, where he was also president of the drama club Gold Masque. He accepted a merit scholarship to Rutgers College where he earned a B.A. as a dual major, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa as the valedictorian in the School of Journalism and Communication.
Grant studied abroad and minored in Spanish, which he speaks fluently and incorporates into the Latin dance component of his syllabus, underscoring the multi-cultural emphasis of the BALLROOM BASIX™ program. He also holds professional certificates in marketing and advertising from New York University and The School of Visual Arts, and is additionally responsible for all of the BALLROOM BASIX™ classroom as well as creative content.