Miss Swing: Tap Dancing

Filmmaker: Alexis L. Wood
True Calling Grant Participant

Ethel Bruneau was three when she knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. “I walked into the dance studio and couldn’t stop tapping!” Her father had taken her to a legendary tap dance teacher in Harlem whose alumni included the Nicholas Brothers. From then on, Ethel lived for tap dancing and at nine, she was dancing professionally. “Our parents would sneak me and my cousin into a clubs to perform. There was a guy called Lock-Jaw Davis. This guy used to pick up tables with his teeth and me and my cousin would dance on the tables!”