FOUNDER • MENTOR • AUTHOR • GROUNDBREAKER
Gus Giordano’s dedication to jazz dance exhibited itself in all facets of his extraordinary life: dancer, master teacher, choreographer, author, and founder of the Giordano Dance School (GDS) in Evanston, Illinois, founder of the dance company Giordano Dance Chicago and founder of Jazz Dance World Congress. Mr. Giordano created and taught the Giordano Technique at venues across the United States and around the world. He choreographed in all areas of performance including television, film, stage commercials, industrials, and concert dance. In 1976 Giordano wrote the highly acclaimed Anthology of American Jazz Dance. In August 1990, Giordano organized the first Jazz Dance World Congress, which gathered renowned jazz dance master teachers and companies. The Congress has been held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern University, the University at Buffalo, Point Park University, as well as Phoenix, Chicago, Japan, Germany, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Gus Giordano received many awards including the 1984 Dance Educators of America Award for his outstanding contribution to the world of jazz dance, the 1988 Mayor’s Award for the Arts, the 1989 Governor’s Award for the Arts for exemplary individual artistic achievement, the 1991 Dance Teacher Now Circle Award, the 1993 Ruth Page Lifetime Service to the Field Award, and the 1996 University of Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award and William Francis English Scholar- in-Residence Award. In 1985, Governor James Thompson declared April 25 Gus Giordano Day. In 1995 he received the Honorable Artist Award from Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan. In 1997 Gus served as National Spokesperson for National Dance Week. In 1999, he received the Third Annual Katherine Dunham Award for excellence and great contributions to the Arts, and in 2003, Chicago’s Mayor Daley presented Gus with the Chicago Senior of the Year Award. In 2005 the National Dance Association presented Mr. Giordano with its Heritage Award, and the same year he received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Shenandoah University.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree, Shenandoah University
Heritage Award, National Dance Association
Chicago Park District's Senior Citizen of the Year Award presented by Mayor Richard Daley
Katherine Dunham Award "for excellence and great contributions to the Arts"
Academic Spokesperson for National Dance Week
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
William Francis English Scholar-in-Residence Award, University of Missouri
Honorable Artist Award, Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan
Ruth Page Lifetime Service to the Field Award (presented to Gus & his wife Peg)
Group des Huit Danse Award, Paris
Circle of Dance Award "for lifetime contributions to dance education,"
Dance Teacher Now Magazine
Teatro De Godi Award, Mexico
Illinois Governor's Award for the Arts "for exemplary individual artistic achievement"
Mayor Richard Daley declares October 13 Gus Giordano Day
Mayor's Award for the Arts, Evanston, Illinois
Distinguished Artists Forum, California State University
International Dance Congress, Ambassador for jazz dance, Rio De Janiero
Governor James Thompson declares April 25 Gus Giordano Day "in appreciation of his immense contribution to the cultural environment of the State of Illinois"
Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
Dance Educators of America Award "for outstanding contribution to the world of jazz dance, New York City, New York
Outstanding Dance Award, Dance Masters of America, San Francisco, California
Ohio State TV award for The Rehearsal
Emmy Award for The Rehearsal, PBS Chicago
Emmy Award for Chic Chicago, NBC-TV Chicago
Emmy Award for Michelangelo - A Portrait in Dance, PBS Chicago
Emmy Award for Requiem for a Slave, PBS Chicago
Dance Teacher Club of Boston Award