Germaine Ingram (LTA '10, ACG '12) is a jazz tap dancer and a practitioner of a distinctly American dance form that is a direct artistic descendent of the men and women—principally African American—who learned, developed, and shared "hoofing" (jazz inflected rhythm tap) by means of an Africanist oral tradition on street corners, at house parties, jook joints, and nightclubs of Philadelphia. For a quarter of a century she was a protege and dance partner of the late master hoofer LaVaughn Robinson (1927-2008). Germaine strives to make dances that have something to say—and are not just a showcase of tap technique. In 2007 she presented a suite of original choreography, jazz music and spoken word, the result of a yearlong collaboration with bassist/composer Tyrone Brown, interpreting the work of African American literary icon John A. Williams. Germaine is also well known for her tireless work as a public interest attorney and advocate on issues related to education reform, child welfare, and the arts. Currently, she is planning to pursue a new project, a multi-disciplinary collaboration reflecting on the practice of slavery in the President's House that was located in downtown Philadelphia in the 18th century under President George Washington.
Videography by Nuala Cabral (ACG '11)