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Train With The Legacy


GUS GIORDANO DANCE SCHOOL

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Train With The Legacy


GUS GIORDANO DANCE SCHOOL

 

MISSION

Continue Gus Giordano's Legacy by teaching and performing the ever changing dance style known as Jazz. 

 
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Classes & Training


Classes & Training


FOUNDED 1953

Gus Giordano Dance School is the oldest running jazz dance school in the country and has the highest quality of dance instruction in all styles. Founded by Gus & Peg Giordano, and currently under the direction of Amy P Giordano, this family run business provides the best variety of training to prepare dancers from age 2 to the professional to excel in dance & beyond.

Regarded as one of the best institutions for dance training, thousands of students have trained at GUS including Ian Eastwood, Dancer/Actor, Judi Sheppard Missett, Founder Jazzercise, Inc, Jerry Orbach, Law & Order, Alisan Porter, Winner of The Voice Season 10, Kevin Quinn, Disney's Bunk'd, Colleen Zenk, As The World Turns, just to name a few!

Classes, Intensives, Camps, Master Classes & more are offered in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater & Ballroom for children, teens & adults of all levels.

Dance with us and become part of the Legacy!

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Plan Your GROUP Visit


BRING YOUR DANCERS TO TRAIN WITH THE LEGACY

Plan Your GROUP Visit


BRING YOUR DANCERS TO TRAIN WITH THE LEGACY

PRIVATE GROUP CLASSES
Choose day, time, style & length of class

MASTER TEACHERS
Learn from the best teachers in Chicago

STYLES
Giordano Jazz, Giordano Rep, Contemporary,
Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Tap

ALL LEVELS
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced,
Pre-professional & Professional

RATES
Contact us - we can design any program to meet your dancer's needs including Giordano technique, Giordano Rep, and classes in all styles. BE PART OF THE LEGACY!

Gus Giordano Dance School, celebrating our 65th season, is located in the Andersonville neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. Andersonville is a lovely, family-friendly neighborhood close to Wrigley Field and 15 minutes from the heart of Chicago. Wonderful shopping and restaurants include Akira, Big Jones, Bongo Room, Candyality, Calo Ristorante, Francesca's, Foursided, Hopleaf, La Colombe, Lady Gregory's, Little Bad Wolf, Pastoral Artisan Wine & Cheese, Potbelly's, Rinalli's, Starbucks, Swedish Museum, & many more. Free parking is available on all side streets. We have 4 beautiful studios, a gallery of photos, a spacious reception area with a large screen smart TV, and free wifi. Our largest studio can accommodate 100 dancers, has a small stage, and blackout shades. We have 3 bathrooms, shower stalls, a large dressing room, a dance library and study room.  Take a tour of GUS before you visit - Click here Visit andersonville.org for more about the neighborhood

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Rentals


Rentals


 

Gus Giordano Dance School is an ideal venue for the following...

  • Auditions

  • Informal Performances

  • Corporate Events

  • Private Parties

  • Photography & Film Shoots

  • Art Gallery Shows & more!

Inquire about our beautiful space located in the desirable Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.

 
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History


History


Gus Giordano dedicated his life to teaching & elevating Jazz dance throughout the world. As Gus explained "Jazz dance is a living art form, changing with the fashion of the times, but its roots remain in the original classic Jazz method, which never goes out of style." 

Timeline below shows the enormous impact Gus had and continues to have on dancers training & performing in the industry today.

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Amy Paul Giordano


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Amy Paul Giordano


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Amy is honored to continue the legacy her mother, Peg, and father, Gus, created in 1953 of directing a dance school with the perfect combination of professionalism and warmth that Peg and Gus gave to all their students. Gus opened the School to spread his love of jazz dance to the world. He is known as the “Godfather of Jazz Dance.” Peg handled all the scheduling of classes, faculty, accounting, marketing & more. Gus’ belief was a jazz dancer must have a strong base in all forms of dance: ballet, tap, jazz and modern, and this philosophy is continued today at Gus Giordano Dance School under Amy.  

Amy grew up dancing & trained in all styles (jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, tap) while assisting her parents with every aspect of running the School. Amy trained until the end of high school when she shattered her knee cap as a passenger in a car accident. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, Amy worked as an Accountant Representative for Grey Advertising, Marketing Supervisor at DMB&B & Director of Marketing at Budget Rent a Car. During this time, Amy also worked for her father as Executive Coordinator and Executive Treasurer for Jazz Dance World Congress created in 1990 by Gus. 

Amy’s professional performances began at age 6 with multiple dance commercials for Sears & Co, 100th Anniversary Celebration of Hiram & Walker, PBS special "Ritual D" dancing alongside her father, along with numerous dance performances throughout Chicagoland.

Amy's extensive dance knowledge from her own personal dance training to everything her parents taught her enables her to continue providing the highest quality of dance training from children to professional dancers. Amy has an eye for developing programs for dancers of any age.

In 1993, Peg passed away and Amy assumed all of her mother’s responsibilities of running the School.  She also became her father’s personal assistant at this time until his death in 2008. Amy credits both of her parents for her love and dedication to offering the highest quality of dance instruction to all ages at all levels, as she loves building confidence and guiding dancers from age 2 to professionals. She is the proud mother of Lauren, Edward, and Sarah. Her maternal qualities contribute to the family oriented nature of the School.

In 2017, Amy was honored by Culture Shock Chicago for her outstanding commitment to preserving her father’s legacy. Gus spent his career educating & training dancers all over the world about Jazz dance. Jazz dance, as Gus explained is the only dance form that is always changing and evolving. Amy's mission is to continue Gus' vision, as Gus explained "Jazz dance is a living art form, changing with the fashion of the times, but its roots remain in the original classic Jazz method, which never goes out of style.”

Amy is also the Founder & Executive Director of The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation. Amy established The Foundation on July 10, 2017, Gus’ birthday. It was a long time goal of hers to create a non-profit organization that would truly pay tribute to her father’s life long mission of elevating Jazz Dance.

The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation aims to create the same culture, uplifting spirit, and dedication to spreading the joy of jazz that Gus & Peg gave to thousands of people. The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation funds scholarships to dancers of all ages, sponsors performances & master classes to schools in Chicagoland. Click Here for Press on Amy

 

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Foundation


Foundation