For over 50 years, Giordano Dance Chicago has brought the excitement of American jazz dance to audiences throughout the United States and in countries around the world -- including Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Turkey, and Japan. GDC serves as host performing company at Jazz Dance World Congress, a biannual event which has been held at many national and international sites, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the University at Buffalo, Chukio University in Japan, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Phoenix, the City of Chicago, and in 2012 at Point Park University.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Giordano Dance Chicago has shown that it "belongs in the front ranks of this city's resident companies." In 2004, the company received a Chicago Dance Award for its production and performance of Ron De Jesus' Prey, "representing the vital new directions taken by the company." In 2012, Dance Magazine raved that the company is a "burst of pure dance joy that left the audience breathless and ready for more" and in March of 2013 GDC was featured on the cover of the magazine in honor of the company's 50th Anniversary season. Of the opening of its 51st season at the Harris Theater in October 2013, SeeChicagoDance raved that GDC's "generosity of spirit and humanity...spills across the footlights."
In addition to its work on the stage, Giordano Dance Chicago enriches lives through outreach programs and activities which meet the needs of diverse and underserved communities. Over 300 classes are taught each year in the company's signature program, Jazz Dance/ Science & Health which just completed its seventh year in three underserved elementary schools in Chicago. This valuable program teaches state-mandated learning targets for nutrition, health and science through dance-centric classroom activities. Participating students from this program and from many other social service and community organizations are given complimentary tickets to view GDC in performance, thereby making the bridge from classroom to stage. Innovation and success in creating school performances, residencies, choreographic projects, and workshops are a hallmark of Giordano Dance Chicago's extraordinary legacy.
For over 20 years, Nan Giordano has served as Artistic Director, driven the development of a large and diverse repertoire, and secured GDC's worldwide reputation for artistic excellence. In partnership with the Artistic Director, Executive Director Michael McStraw is responsible for the ongoing development and strategic growth of the organization, obtaining the resources needed to support the mission and programs of Giordano Dance Chicago.