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All That Jazz

Jazz dance is one of the most popular forms of dance in the world, renowned for its sensual flow and powerful moves. Thank Gus Giordano for that.

Since setting up his famous dance center in Evanston in 1953, the dance innovator has not only popularized various forms of jazz dance, he's also made sure it's taken seriously.

Giordano launched the first Jazz Dance World Congress out of his studio in 1990 as a place for practitioners to meet and to perfect their art. In just a decade it had traveled to Japan and Germany, attracting eager dancers and audiences from the world over.

In 2005, the conference returned to Chicago, packing Millennium Park's Harris Theater.

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Swing by and see Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2003.

Then, learn more about Chicagoland jazz dance innovator, Billy Siegefeld and his Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and jazz dancer Joel Hall and his dance company.

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Gus Giordano's daughter reflects on the dance legacy he's leaving behind.

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Watch as hundreds of dancers swarm the city for five days of workshops to learn new moves and rehearse their performances – and learn a little about the Giordano family's tireless efforts to bring jazz dance to new audiences.

 

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Dancers Meghan Grantin Bruce Weber. Courtesy of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, Mike Canale Photography.

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Gus Giordano with Jazzercise founder Judi Sheppard Missett. Courtesty Gus Giordano Jazz Dance. Photo by Marsha Cairo.

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Dancers at a Gus Giordano workshop. Courtesty Gus Giordano Jazz Dance. Photo by Marsha Cairo.

 

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