April 6, 2011 | WMU News
For more than 40 years, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago has brought the excitement of American jazz dancing to audiences throughout the United States and in countries around the world, including Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Japan. The Giordano company serves as host performer at each summer's Jazz Dance World Congress, which has been held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; at the State University of New York at Buffalo; in both Phoenix and Chicago; and overseas in Japan, Germany, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Continually expanding the boundaries of jazz dance while diversifying and widening the appeal of the repertoire, Giordano Jazz's new works have received critical and audience acclaim. 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." And, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, "Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago demonstrated that it now belongs in the front ranks of this city's resident companies."
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago also has an active outreach program, including school performances and teaching residencies in elementary schools and on college campuses.
Nan Giordano has served as artistic director since 1993, and has guided the development of a large and diverse repertoire.
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago at Miller Auditorium is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series. Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $35. They can be purchased online at millerauditorium.com, or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.