The Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago comes to the Stuart Steiner Theatre of Genesee Community College on Friday, September 8th at 7:30 pm. Local audiences will enjoy the experience that has captivated and impressed spectators worldwide. Each dynamic performance features diversity and a wide appeal of repertoire that continually expands the boundaries of jazz dance. The Chicago Sun-Times states, “The choreography, fast, fluid and artfully varied in its groupings, exemplified the high energy, playfully sexy, sometimes acrobatic nature of the basic jazz dance vocabulary.” Though jazz dance is sometimes associated with tap dancing or stamping foot dance, today the art form is more a reflection of the emotions, dreams, and desires of the American people through movement and dance.
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago (GJDC) began in 1962 as Dance Incorporated Chicago and eventually toured with the Bolshoi Ballet including a lineup of performances in the Soviet Union in 1974. This led to the company’s current name and the mission to develop and preserve indigenous American jazz dance reflecting our artistic expressions and life. Today, the company has a very active outreach and education program including teaching residencies. It received the Chicago Dance Award in 2004 for the production of Ron De Jesus’ Prey.
Gus Giordano, the founder of GJDC, has dedicated his life to jazz dance as a dancer, master teacher, choreographer, author, and television producer. He wrote the highly acclaimed Anthology of American Jazz Dance, and he organized the first Jazz Dance World Congress in 1990, which continues to assemble each year in locations around the world. Giordano’s 1980 television production, The Rehearsal, won an Emmy Award, a PBS Award, and the Ohio State Award. He is the recipient of the 1984 Dance Educators of America Award. His additional honors include but are not limited to: State of Illinois Governor’s Award for the Arts (1989); Ruth Page Lifetime Service to the Field Award (1993); Honorable Artist Award from Chukyo University, Japan (1995); National Spokesperson for National Dance Week (1997); Third Annual Katherine Dunham Award (1999); Heritage Award from the National Dance Association (2005); and Senior Citizen of the Year for Chicago Park District (2005).
Tickets for events in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a current ID pay only $2.00.Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814.
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Editor’s Note: A press photograph of the Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago is available at the following Internet address. Photo credit: Mike Canal Photography.