Sidney "Dr. Dance" Grant
Founder & Executive/Artistic Director (he/him)
Sidney “Dr. Dance” Grant has been a professional Ballroom & Latin dancer for 35 years. In 1989, he won the Novice Pro title in Atlantic City, when first teaching for FADS NJ (Fred Astaire Dance Studios of New Jersey) He moved to NYC in 1990, where he began teaching independently. He was the 2011 USA Argentine Tango Champion, the first time that an openly gay man ever won. He and his then partner Gayle Madeira donated their winnings to BALLROOM BASIX USA. Grant returned to defend his title with a male partner in 2015, the first male-male partnership in the history of the US championships. In a field of several hundred dancers they placed among the Top 10!
Grant was raised in theatre, performing lead roles in musicals such as Bye, Bye Birdie, West Side Story and, most notably, the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company...twice!! As a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has performed in TV and film, and on & off Broadway. He taught Julia Roberts and her cast to dance for the movie Mona Lisa Smile, and appeared in the film, dancing with actresses Maggie Gyllenhaal, as well as Tony & Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden, who continues as Honorary BBX Chairwoman, and who believes deeply in Sid's non-competitive, inclusive mission. Since launching BBX in 2008, his "fun, fitness & fancy footwork" has touched the young lives of more than 25,000 students in over 150+ schools across all 5 boroughs of New York City. For his work, Sidney was named New Yorker of the Week on NY1 News. His program has received additional coverage on WPIX Channel 11, Telemundo and ABC Eyewitness News as a part of their #BeKind series. BBX has received numerous additional accolades including a Certificate of Merit from the former Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, as well as generous annual funding from New York City Council, NYSCA (New York State Arts Council), as well as funding awards from multiple arts & cultural foundations, and private donors.
Grant grew up in New Jersey, where he was valedictorian in the School of Journalism and Communication at Rutgers College, where he minored in Spanish, which he speaks fluently and has crafted into the BBX Latin dance work.