GUS Giordano

College/Pro Intensive

College/Pro Dance Intensive
July 6 - August 1, 2020


  • Applications accepted starting November 15, 2019.

  • *Scholarships available, scholarship deadline is February 29, 2020.

  • Gus gave thousands of dancers scholarships & his daughter Amy continues the tradition today in honor of her father.

  • Prepares you for future auditions & professional jobs

  • Committed faculty gives individualized attention to each dancer allowing maximum improvement.

  • Master picking up choreography quickly

  • Polish strengths, improve weaknesses while mastering new skills & concepts

  • Dancers learn & perform a minimum of 10 pieces.

  • Two final performances are the highlight of the month as your family & friends are amazed at all you have accomplished

To have a career in dance one must be well-rounded & trained in all styles.
— Gus Giordano


  • Classes & rehearsals 30+ hours per week

  • Housing suggestions & emails of dancers accepted into the program will be emailed spring 2020

  • You are notified by March 2020 if you have been accepted & if you have received scholarship funds

  • Required attire will be emailed one month prior to Intensive

Advanced Training

• Giordano Jazz
• Giordano Repertoire
• Jazz Funk
• Ballet
• Hip Hop
• Contemporary
• Modern
• Partnering
• Heels
• Pilates
• Ballroom
• Yoga Sculpt
• Choreography
• Tap*
*experience not required

Master teachers

• Marcus Alford
• Cornelius Carter
• Elijah Gibson
• Kim Morgan Greene
• Sarah Ford Hardy
• Laura Klein
• Jimmy Locust
• Julie Nakagawa
• Susan Quinn
• Kirby Reed
• Richard Smith
• Cole Vernon
• and more!

+ Faculty

• Ballet Hispanico
• Broadway Shows
• Chicago Human Rhythm Project
• Colleges & Universities
• Culture Shock
• DanceWorks Chicago
• Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
• Gus Legacy Company
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
• Inaside Chicago Dance
• Joffrey Ballet
• The Kate Jablonski Statement
• The Rockettes
• Visceral Dance Chicago
• and more!

4:00PM & 7:00PM

Applications will be online & accepted starting November 15, 2019


“The amount of gratitude I have for this month of dancing at Gus Giordano Dance School is hard to express in words. You all have put together a wonderful program with incredibly talented, challenging teachers, and the extra efforts you made throughout to create a welcoming, caring environment for us was so appreciated. I learned a great deal about myself as a dancer and a person, and I know that this is just one beautiful moment in my long dance journey ahead as I continue to grow and figure out my path. I am proud to be part go the Gus legacy, and I look forward to taking the many lessons I’ve learned with me into my future as a dancer, teacher, and person.”
- College/Pro Dancer 21yrs, Summer 2018

“Being accepted for the College/Pro Intensive at Gus Giordano Dance School has made me a stronger dancer and person. I have been given the gift to explore my own art form, and figure out what I want to do with dance in the near future. Throughout these four weeks I have learned an abundant amount of information that I will take with me wherever I go. I was allowed to challenge myself, and push myself past my own expectations. I would not have been able to accomplish any of this if it wasn’t for you, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am proud to say I am now part of the GUS legacy!”
- College/Pro Dancer 22yrs, Summer 2018

“I have just viewed the video you sent for my daughter’s performances this summer. Love it! My husband and I appreciate all that everyone at Gus Giordano Dance School did for my daughter. Words cannot express enough gratitude and appreciation for which we have for everyone at your dance school. Your dance school and summer programs are an asset to the community. The opportunities and training that the students from Universities as well as local youth from the community receive is phenomenal. The whole experience, training, and memories are something that Victoria will always remember and hold dearly.”
- College/Pro Dancer 19yrs, Summer 2018

“The past month at the College/Pro Intensive has been life changing… being surrounded by so many amazing faculty, master teachers, and guest choreographers. Your positive energy made learning and performing 11 numbers in 3 weeks much easier and enjoyable. This program has taught me what it is truly like to be a professional dancer and learn to think quickly and adapt to changes in dance and life. Thank you for creating such a safe space for students to learn and grow and cultivate their careers.”
- College/Pro Dancer 23yrs, Summer 2018

"I feel so humbled to have been a part of this intensive with some of the most passionate, inspiring, innovative, and knowledgeable teachers. I never thought I would've grown so much in the three weeks as a dancer and as a human being. Without you continuing Gus' Legacy, I wouldn't have been able to have this life-changing experience. (Amy) you are, by far, one of the most incredible woman I have ever met. Thank you (Amy) for showing me love and compassion. You have made an everlasting impact on my life. You have been a mentor, an inspiration, a role model, and I aspire to have a heart like yours. My greatest blessing would be to make my dad even half as proud as I know you have made yours."
- College/Pro Dancer 20yrs, Summer 2017

"I am so thrilled to have made the decision to come to Gus this summer. Amy's upbeat demeanor, words of encouragement and passion for keeping this magical legacy alive all come to fruition as one of the best programs I've ever attended. I have rediscovered my love for jazz - and dance in general - and look forward to what the future may hold."
- College/Pro Dancer 23yrs, Summer 2017

"Words don't even come close to how grateful I am to Amy for making my time and Gus Giordano Dance School so filled with love. I learned so much about myself as a dancer and person, and will be forever grateful to have trained with such incredible artists - and none of it would have been possible without her hard work, dedication, passion and kindness. She made me feel individually cared for and supported - certainly accomplishing the goal of making the Gus Giordano Dance School feel like family. I am sure Gus would be proud to see the loving and enlivened way she continues his legacy. I am truly honored to now be a part of that legacy, and I will approach the world with the type of component suitable for being affiliated with Gus' name! A thousand thank you's for the never-ending snacks, your abounding love and wisdom, and an experience of a lifetime."
- College/Pro Dancer 22yrs, Summer 2017

"This College/Pro Intensive is one of the best experiences I have had not only just in dance, but in life. I met some amazing people and learned so much from the variety of teachers. The quality of instruction was outstanding. The teachers were very encouraging and also pushed us to our limits each day. The positive environment allowed for me to let go and focus on expanding my movement and performance as a dancer. I would highly recommend this Intensive to anyone that is serious about dance as a career!"
- College/Pro Dancer 24yrs, Summer 2017

"My daughter had some very specific things she needed to work on and she grew tremendously as a dancer as a result from the training and guidance you gave her. The diversity of the training required the dancers to grow and master movement that challenged them. I thank you and your staff for staying so positive and encouraging. My daughter has moved to a whole new level of dancing. Chicago is a wonderful city and the dance schedule allowed my daughter to fully experience the city while accommodating the amazing dance schedule." 
- Parent of College/Pro Dancer 19yrs, Summer 2017

"This summer was filled with nothing but opportunities to grow in my art, learn new ideas, and connect with familiar and new faces. I am so humbled to have been given three opportunities to perform and represent Gus Giordano Dance School; it was a big responsibility that I valued very much. As for the faculty, I give my upmost respect and gratitude for sharing their knowledge, experiences, and advice."
- College/Pro Dancer 21yrs, Summer 2016