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As one of the longest-running jazz dance companies in the world, GDC occupies a singular position within the local, national, and international dance communities. Guided by foundational commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access, we embrace Four Core Values: 

LEGACY - GDC honors its 61 year history of creating and presenting exuberant jazz dance, acknowledging, and celebrating the cultures and traditions that provide the foundation of this work.  


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION - Art is meant to be seen, shared, and performed by all. We are committed to being inclusive in all that we do through fostering communities of dancers, students, audience members, donors, staff, and board members and reaching people of all backgrounds through our commitment to artistic excellence, inclusivity, and equity.  


COMMUNITY - GDC values the power of collaboration, respect, and integrity across local, national, and international communities.  


INNOVATION - GDC embraces change for growth. We operate the organization by thoughtfully and fearlessly incorporating boldness, innovation, and occasional disruption. Our intention is to lead our field.


Giordano Dance Chicago’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access are critical to our longevity, and we thus recognize that such efforts are ever-fluid and without end. 


Giordano Dance Chicago celebrates the art form of American jazz dance in all its diversity and illuminates its evolution from African roots and traditions to its present incarnation as complex, vibrant, and multi-veined.  


In recognizing its own complicated history of cultural integration, Giordano Dance Chicago endeavors in all current and future efforts to unify individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability status, or socioeconomic status.  


We are committed to creating welcoming environments through the equitable treatment of and opportunity for all people. We are committed to the self-reflective processes required to ensure inclusion remains readily manifest in our policies, practices, programs, and procedures. Finally, we are committed to disrupting those barriers which prevent equal access to the beauty and power of jazz dance, whether that be physical, financial, or other. 


Giordano Dance Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take action to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment for any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 


Giordano Dance Chicago believes in community and making the arts accessible to all people no matter their socioeconomic status. If you would like to learn more about our free ticket programs, scholarships, or other opportunities for underserved youth, please contact Cesar G. Salinas at

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