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GDC MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS

GIORDANO DANCE COLLEGE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
GUIDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DANCERS

If selected to be a mentee, you will be given an opportunity to intimately explore the resources, advice, and support from a GDC company member (Mentor) to better equip your transition from college to the professional dance arena. GDCMP was established to develop relationships that will bridge the next generation of young dancers with GDC’s professional team. In addition, GDCMP allows each mentor and mentee the chance to create an experience that is worthwhile and enriching. Mentees receive a unique opportunity to perform a piece of GDC repertoire at the annual June workshop.​

2023 Mentees

Sophia Alikakos, UT Austin

Bailey Cheung, Point Park

Ashton Ebert, Oklahoma City University

Aimee Grajeda, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Anaheed Khalili, University of Massachusetts

Emma March, University of Arizona

Destiny Patterson, Point Park University

Brandon Wolfington, Western Michigan University

MENTEES RECEIVE 

FaceTime sessions with Mentor (Giordano Dance Chicago Company Member)

Opportunity to shadow your mentor while in Chicago & take GDC company class

Backstage Experience at a home season performance

Full Scholarship to GDC Workshop

Conversation with GDC’s Artistic Team & Mentor

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THE LIGHT AWARD
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE

The Light Award was established to recognize a young dancer who best embodies the spirit, the energy and exemplifies the polished characteristics of a Giordano dancer. Through this award, we encourage your growth as an aspiring dancer.

 

As a Light Award recipient you are given an opportunity to explore the resources, advice, and support from GDC that will aide your transition from high school to college. Light Award recipients will have the opportunity to showcase a solo performance at the annual June workshop.

 

2023 Recipients

Noah Bleasdell, Pebblebrook High School

Jed McManus, Charlotte Klein Dance Centers

Chloe Winkler, Dance Academy of Libertyville

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LIGHT AWARD WINNERS RECEIVE 

Opportunity to take GDC company class and observe Company rehearsal

Backstage Experience at a home season performance

Full Scholarship for GDC Workshop

Conversation with GDC’s Artistic Team

Please note Giordano Dance Chicago, the Giordano Legacy Fund, and the Nan Giordano Certification Program® are in no way affiliated with the
Gus Giordano Dance School in Andersonville or the Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation.

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