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ANNUAL FUND

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Support the vitality of our operational and artistic endeavors by sustaining the legacy and advancing the art form of American jazz dance, making a lasting impact across Chicagoland, the U.S. and the world.

OUR STORY

FOUNDED: 1963

ORIGINAL NAME: Dance Incorporated Chicago

ORIGINAL MEMBERS:

      Gus Giordano

      Gary Kaplan

      Mort Kessler

      Rita Rojas

      Judith Scott

Giordano Dance Chicago began in 1963 as Dance Incorporated Chicago and became the Giordano Dance Company in 1966 when many of its live performances were broadcast by Chicago’s Public Television Station, WTTW. In 1968 the company performed American jazz dance for the touring Bolshoi Ballet who were so impressed that an invitation was extended, and the company eventually toured the Soviet Union in 1974, the first jazz dance company to do so.

For over 50 years, GDC 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, Guatemala, Turkey, and Japan. 

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