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Giordano's Legacy Dances On

By Amy Mikel in News on Mar 11, 2008 9:15PM

giordano2.JPGConsidered to be one of the innovators of modern jazz dance, Gus Giordano died early Sunday at the age of 84. His theories on movement and dance technique led to the founding of his own Evanston-based dance company in 1962, eventually becoming what is now known as Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Currently run by Giordano’s daughter Nan, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago performs all over the world and is recognized for constantly innovating and broadening the limits of jazz dance.

What else has Giordano contributed to jazz dance? His book on the subject, Anthology of American Jazz Dance, was the first book of its kind to be published. Giordano also founded the Jazz Dance World Congress in 1990, an annual gathering of classes, concerts, discussions, and competitions taking place in Chicago every August. Part of this event is the Jazz Dance World Festival, a multiple-day event showcasing international talent. We think this: if you can consistently pack Harris Theater, you must be doing something right.

For all you have contributed, you will always be remembered. Farewell Gus Giordano, and thank you.

Image via GiordanoJazzDance website