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DivaNation Movement & Voice Workshop


Movement & Voice Workshop for Singers & Movement Artists

Facilitated by Germaine Ingram

Tuesday January 13, 2015 6pm - 8pm
Take the Lead Dance Studio

4701 Pine St., Philadelphia PA 19143
Admission: $10 General / $5 Students, Seniors, DivaNation members
Sign up for workshop online HERE or call Gretchen Elise at 617 792 6376

Workshop Details: How can movement support vocalization? How can voice inform authentic movement? Workshop facilitator and dancer-singer-choreographer-body percussionist, Germaine Ingram will focus on ideas for how each artist might find or enhance his or her own approach to using movement to support vocal expression, and using voice as a source of authentic movement.
What is DivaNation? DivaNation is a sisterhood of singers connected to jazz of the past and future who strive towards growth, musical excellence, and success as individual performers and as a collective. Birthed through the Philadelphia Jazz Project,  DivaNation is embarking on its second year of building community, artistry, new talent and new audiences for Philadelphia jazz-based singers.
What is Take the Lead?  Take the Lead Dance Studio, located in University City, offers countless varieties of dance. The studio offers an array of classes for children, teens, and adults, hosts a bi-monthly salsa night on Fridays, and plays a key role in West Philadelphia’s palette of public and private arts events. Find Take the Lead online at; on Facebook at and Twitter/Instagram at @taketheleadpine.

Germaine Ingram, a jazz tap dancer, choreographer, vocal/dance improviser, and composer, has been performing professionally for more than 25 years, and has created and performed her original music and dance productions for the past 20 years. For a quarter-century, beginning in the mid-1980s, she was the dance partner and protégé of renowned Philadelphia tap dancer LaVaughn Robinson (b. 1927, d. 2008). Her style and vocabulary reflect the evolution of Robinson's musicality and rhythmic complexity along with Ingram's engagement with an eclectic array of collaborators, including modern dancers, jazz musicians  (including Diane Monroe, Dave Burrell, Tyrone Brown, Odean  Pope, and Bobby Zankel), flamenco masters, vocal improvisers, and Latin music artists. Thematically, her work focuses on histories and collective memories of African Americans.
She has studied intensively with Rhiannon Watson and Joey Blake (vocal improvisation), Jean-Rene Toussaint (theater), Pauline Oliveros  (deep listening theory and practice), Nina Martin (dance improvisation), and Pierre Trombert (theater mime). Among other awards and fellowships, Ingram was named a 2010 Pew Foundation Fellow in the Arts, and received a Transformation Award (2008) and Art & Change Awards from the Leeway Foundation. In 2014 she held a choreographic residency at the Sacatar Institute in Bahia, Brazil. Her projects have been funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, National Endowment of the Arts, the Independence Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, the PA Humanities Council and PA Council on the Arts, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Lomax Family Foundation.

Contact:          DivaNation – Gretchen Elise: 617-792-6376
Contact:          Take the Lead-Paul Samulenas: 267-GO-DANCE 

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