WGN-Tv 9 Morning News

Around town with Ana Belaval

Around Town checks out the 25th Anniversary of Dance Chicago featuring Gus Legacy Company and Gus Youth Company dancers!

Amy P. Giordano, Gus Giordano Dance School

#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast

Andersonville Podcast with Amy P. Giordano

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Gus Giordano

Chicago View

The Beat Goes On - Gus Giordano Dance School 5230 N Clark

"Gus Giordano opened his now famous dance studio in Evanston back in 1953. Most known for teaching the jazz technique, Gus always wanted to have a studio in the city of Chicago. Although he was not able to in his lifetime, his teachings live on through his daughter Amy..."

Amy P. Giordano

Crain’s Chicago

How One Entrepreneur Overcame Adversity - with Some Fancy Footwork

"Amy Paul Giordano might have wavered beneath the weight of her legendary father's jazz dance reputation, running a school that bears his name. But, then again, had she been a different person, she also might have allowed herself to be sidelined by adversity..."

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Dance Spirit Magazine

The Summer Study Style Challenge - Why a summer program is the perfect place to try out an unfamiliar technique

"There are zillions of things to think about when choosing a summer program, but here's one you might not have considered: using an intensive as an opportunity to focus on a new style. Maybe you're a tap dancer who's ready to see where else your rhythm and quick feet can serve you, or a contemporary dancer curious about the more traditional roots of your genre. A summer program can be the perfect place to broaden your horizons..."

Amy P. Giordano & Gus Giordano

Dance Studio Life

Infinite Possibilites - Gus Giordano's revolutionary jazz dance technique lives on in his 60-year-old school

"In 2011, the dream that eluded dance pioneer Gus Giordano, creator of Gus Giordano Jazz Technique, during his lifetime finally became reality. 'It was my father's dream,' says daughter Amy Giordano, director of Gus Giordano Dance School, 'to have a school in Chicago.' Gus Giordano, who founded his school in Evanston, just north of Chicago, died in 2008..."

Dance Talk Radio

Host Tracie Marciniak Interviews Travis Wall & Amy Giordano

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Nicole Belanger Giordano Jazz

Dance Teacher Magazine

Theory & Practice: 4 Ways to Manage Mixed-Level Classes

"Teen jazz class at Chicago's Gus Giordano Dance School, under the direction of Amy Giordano, has a wide range of students, "Some just started dancing a month ago, and others have been dancing for three years,' says Nicole Belanger, dance education director. To maintain a positive environment..."

Lauren Giordano Whittington, Gus Giordano Dance School

Dance Teacher Magazine

Theory & Practice: Helping Students Develop Their Creative Voices

"Ask a 5-year old to make up a dance, and she'll probably skip around the room, impulsively moving to the music. But give the same assignment to a teenage dancer, and the student might clam up, unsure what to do. Even mature dancers can feel reluctant to create something new..."

Susan Williams, Gus Giordano Dance School

Dance Teacher Magazine

Bravura vs. Basics

"Former American Ballet Theatre soloist Anna Liceica has been judging the Youth America Grand Prix since 2007. 'Once in a while, we see someone who tries to do too many turns without good form or musicality,' she says. 'We don't encourage it, and that dancer does not place high.' Judges (and artistic directors in attendance) might appreciate the spectacle, but they take technique and artistry into account when assessing the overall dancer..."


Dance Teacher Magazine

A Teacher's Warm-Up - The pre-class ritual that could make or break you

"While teaching jazz at Gus Giordano Dance, sometimes Lauren Giordano Curran forgets she's not a student. 'You have to listen your body. I have to know I can't do a full-out battement because I'm going to tear my hamstring,' she says. 'Teachers forget that and go right into in..."

Dance Teacher Magazine

Ladies and Gentleman

"Thirteen-year-old Asher Noel stands at the barre, the only boy in his class at Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Ballet teacher Fury Gold gives the girls an echappe combination and has Noel practice degages instead. 'He sometimes gets the very same time signature but a very different excercise,' says Gold. 'There's a difference between what the two genders need.'

Dance Studio Life

Giordano Foundation Holds Benefit

"Gus Giordano’s dedication to jazz dance is common knowledge. Perhaps less known is how Giordano supported the genre at the ground level—by giving scholarships to young students hungry to travel to Chicago to learn jazz under his direct tutelage.

“I grew up seeing him help thousands of dancers,” Amy P. Giordano, his daughter and director of the Gus Giordano Dance School, told Dance Studio Life..."

Dance Teacher Magazine

A Joint Decision

"The pain in Amy Giordano's knees had become constant and, almost without even knowing it, she had acclimated herself to the daily pain. 'My body had self-adjusted, so you couldn't tell that I had no knees anymore,' says the director of Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. After years of using her arms to pull herself up out of chairs, leaning heavily..."

Lauren Whittington, Judi Missett, Amy Giordano, Nicole Belanger

Digital Journal

Innovative Global Fitness Pioneer Judi Sheppard Missett Receives Inaugural Gus Giordano Legacy Award for Her Contribution to the World of Dance

"Friday, Oct. 13, global dance fitness pioneer Judi Sheppard Missett was presented with the inaugural Gus Giordano Legacy Award by Amy Giordano at the Mayne Stage in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by the Gus Giordano Foundation, the event not only honored the contribution Sheppard Missett has made to the dance community but also raised funds to support young dancers.

Also known as “Godfather of American Jazz Dance,” Gus Giordano was an American jazz dancer and choreographer who was one of the pioneers of the style known as Jazz Dance. Following a Broadway career, Mr. Giordano moved to the Chicago area and opened a dance school in 1953. He was the first and only Jazz Master to codify his own technique..."


Glossed & Found

Meet the king of Jazz: Gus Giordano

“All this month we’ve been highlighting some of our favorite musical theatre moments in the city. We’d be remiss to explore the creative theatre culture in Chicago without tipping our bowler cap to the king of jazz dance, Gus Giordano. His school of dance that he ran alongside his wife Peg celebrated their 60thanniversary last year, and the glistening mecca for talented professionals and young hopefuls alike sits like a beacon along buzzing Clark Street in Andersonville. Now run by their daughter, Amy Giordano…”

Showbiz Nation Live

Podcast with Amy Giordano

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Gus Legacy Foundation Scholarship Recipient


KAPA Dancer Receives Opportunity of a Lifetime

"A young dancer with the Kohl Academy of Performing Arts recently got the opportunity of a lifetime. Lila Jane Bonds is 11 years old and entering Douglas Middle School this fall. She has a passion for dance, and that was recognized at an invitational showcase and class in Marietta, Georgia, called 'Jazz on Tap'..."