Roxane Butterfly is the first woman tap-dancer ever to have won a Bessie Award and was also awarded for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 1999 at the Joyce Theater in New York. Roxane was given her stage name by her mentor, the legendary tap master Jimmy Slyde. She has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S. as a jazz-tap solo-artist, where she lead international workshops and appeared in some of the world's most prestigious Jazz and Dance Festivals, such as Nice Jazz Festival, Roma Jazz Festival, Jazz in Toulon, Chateauvallon, La Villette, Genova Mediterranean Fest, Tap Ahead Festival in Duesseldorf, and in Tappomania in Stuttgart to name but a few. She originated many tap-jams in New York and Brooklyn at the Internet Cafe, The Cooler, Teddy's and Make That Move (her own dance studio in Midtown). Butterfly has appeared with jazz luminaries such as Ron Carter (for the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert under the direction of Kenneth Klein), as well as Dennis Charles, Max Roach, Ravi Coltrane, Bob Moses, Barry Atschull, Harold Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers) along with others. Roxane brought to Paris the American tap-star Savion Glover, in her own French-American collaboration with the Jean Vilar Theater. She has performed as a featured hoofer in the Las Vegas hip-hop musical MADhattan and created her own tap/hip-hop show entitled BeauteeZ'n The Beat, the first ever to be exclusively created and performed by women. Roxane lives in Harlem where she continues to direct this show with the great support of Cobi Narita's International Women in Jazz. She can also be seen regularly with the L.A.-based Jazz and Tap Ensemble, along with tap-funkster Gregory Hines.

Derick Grant, 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 both 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.