Tap Preservation Awards

The annual Tap Preservation Award is given to an outstanding individual or organization in the field,

for the superior advancement of tap dance through presentation and preservation.

2016 - Germaine Ingram is a jazz tap dancer, choreographer, songwriter, and vocal and dance improviser whose work channels styles and traditions learned from legendary Philadelphia hoofer LaVaughn Robinson (1927-2008), who was her teacher, mentor, and performance partner for more than twenty-five years.  Since her work with Robinson, she has created choreography for national tap companies; performed as a solo artist, collaborated and performed with noted jazz composers and instrumentalists, including Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Dave Burrell, Diane Monroe, Francois Zayas, and Bobby Zankel, and created performance works and installations with visual, media and sound artists.  Germaine has collaborated with dance artists rooted in diverse genre, including Leah Stein (modern dance and contact improvisation), Rosario Toledo (flamenco) and Jungwoong Kim (improvisation and Korean traditional dance).   She has engaged in intensive study with such artists as Dave Burrell (music improvisation), Rhiannon Watson (vocal improvisation), Pierre Trombert (mime), Jean-Rene Toussaint (theater), Nina Martin (dance improvisation), Miguel Gutierrez (dance composition) and Pauline Oliveros (music and deep listening), Through choreography, music composition, performance, writing, production, oral history projects, and designing and leading artist learning environments, she explores themes related to history, collective memory, and social justice. 

Since 2008 Germaine has engaged in an ongoing reflection, through original music and dance, on the practice of slavery at the President’s House-- the nation’s first white house-- during the tenure of President George Washington.  In 2012-2013 she designed and led a professional learning community of twelve percussive and improvisatory dancers whose work is driven by collective memory, history,  and social justice concerns.  In 2012/13 she was commissioned by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts to create an evening-length production inspired by the establishment of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in the late 18th Century.  In 2014 she created and performed an hour-length performance work reflecting on the plight of Southern women in the last horrific year of the Civil War for Atlanta, GA’s 150-year commemoration of the Battle of Atlanta. In 2015 she created and performed an evening-length performance for the VivaDanca International Festival in Salvador, Brazil.  In February 2016 she was resident artist and keynote speaker/performer for Brandeis University’s annual festival of social justice.  Currently, Germaine is a collaborator in a two-year, multi-disciplinary exploration of how art addresses occurrences of sudden loss of human life.  She has been consulted by public history sites on performance strategies for interpreting places, narratives and objects related to slavery. 

She was a 2010 Pew Foundation Fellow in the Arts, and a 2014 resident fellow of the Sacatar Institute at Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil.  She received, among other awards, an Artist of the City Award from Painted Bride Art Center; Transformation Award (2008) and Art & Change Award (2012) from the Leeway Foundation; Rocky Award (2011) from DanceUSA /Philadelphia;  Philadelphia Folklore Project’s Award for Folk Arts & Cultural Heritage Practice (2012).  Her projects have been funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, Pennsylvania Humanities Council,  Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Wyncote Foundation, and Lomax Family Foundation. She is often consulted by individual artists and arts organizations for assistance with program conceptualization, strategic planning, resource development and grant writing.  A former civil rights and trial lawyer, law professor, and school district executive officer, she has served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations and foundations dedicated to education reform, supporting arts and culture, and arts education.


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