2017 - 2018
"Being a senior this year is bittersweet! While I am so excited to be a leader in the Gus community, I am sad to know that this is my last year. It feels as though I am a big sister in the Gus family to the younger company members & youth classes that I assist. Gus left the legacy of both community and high standards in all forms of dance and I am honored to continue this legacy. I have also been given opportunities at Gus that I never would have dreamed of happening. My fellow GG’s and I have loved taking master classes from the cast members of Hamilton, Wicked, West Side Story & Bring It On! The friendships and dance opportunities Gus has given me are gifts I will take with me for the rest of my life."
"I started dancing at Gus at the age of 5 and I have been a part of the company program for the past 10 years. I will be a senior in the GG company member this year and I have been given the opportunity to intern at the School. As part of my internship I will teach and assist classes with kids of all ages, as well as learn how the School is run behind the scenes. I've taken master classes in all dance styles at Gus, performed throughout Chicago during my time as a Gus Co member and I've learned how to lead others as a class assistant. I am currently applying for college and hoping to move to the west coast for my undergraduate degree. I'm excited to spend my senior year dancing, teaching, interning & assisting to gain new skills to take with me to college next year!"
"Being a GG means working hard no matter how challenging it may be at the time. In class, you learn that improvement can only happen when you decide to put the work in instead of sitting back and waiting for your teacher to do the work for you. This is my first year as a GG however, I've learned many of these skills in my past 2 years at Gus and becoming a GG has always been my aspiration. Watching the GG's before me in classes and on stage, I've seen how important it is to have a great work ethic and I'm ready to take on that challenge."
"Being a GG means the world to me because it takes immense amounts of hard work and determination. I have found through my many years of dancing that hard work and determination makes me a better dancer and encourages me to strive for more. Becoming a GG is the perfect atmosphere for this to happen because the dancers and faculty push me to be the best I can be."
"To me, being a GG means being a leader. Now that I'm a GG I want to mentor, inspire, and teach younger dancers. GUS has given me the opportunity to be a teacher assistant and I have loved being exposed to learning how to teach and learning how children learn best. This year I assist the 4 & 5 year old classes and I have been able to see how children at that age understand movement and grow. I love seeing the progression in the children in class. I am excited to continue this teaching process while being a GG!"
"As a GG, you have to work hard in all dance forms and show off that work by being a leader, and making good and healthy choices, and learning how to balance school, dance, friends, and life. Being a GG has taught me how to find this balance. Gus has been a place of sanctuary for me because it is where I can get away from the outside stress. It has become my second home where I always feel safe."
"I am looking forward to being GG this season! Dancing in the GUS Company has impacted my life in so many ways because it has challenged me to manage my time between dancing and sailing. Both activities require me to be strong and dedicated, which has pushed me to be the best version of myself. I also love working with the GG’s because they are my group of friends that learn together, laugh together and work toward a common set of goals."
"Being a GG means being challenged in every class and having the opportunity to perform so many dances in multiple venues in Chicago. I have loved learning about all of the history within the School and I am honored to continue Gus' legacy as a GG. I have become such great friends with all of my GG Company Members because we always work and support each other in every aspect of our lives including classes, performances, and academics. I know that I will have these friends for life."
"I have been dancing at GUS since I was 4, and it has become a major aspect of my life. I have always looked up to the older dancers and I always wanted to be a GG. I learned that the best way to improve was to push myself in every class at GUS. I love that the GG’s learn dances in every style and we are able to perform all the dances multiple times all over Chicago & the suburbs! For me, being a GG is truly an honor because I know my actions are inspiring the GG's of tomorrow & I am continuing Gus’ legacy."
"There is a great sense of community within our GG group and at the School. I am so close with the GG's but I also love getting to know all of the other dancers at GUS. I am thrilled with the idea of working harder than ever with this amazing group of dancers. I am so fortunate to receive such amazing training."
"Being a GG means family. You get to grow with a group of people that will always support you. We learn from each other and care for each other through everything life throws at us. It means helping each other become the best version of ourselves as dancers and more importantly as people."
“Responsibility, hard work, and dedication are three aspects of being a GG that have resonated with me during my time at GUS. As a GG I assistant teach youth classes which adds responsibility to the demanding class schedule. We are constantly learning new choreography and taking classes. It was a challenge to fit it all into my academic schedule but with hard work and dedication I am able to accomplish my goals as a dancer and a student. I will take away these life lessons from my time as a GG and it will help me tremendously in the future with whatever career I choose."
2017 - 2018
"I am very excited to dance at Gus this year as a GG apprentice. I have been dancing with Gus for my entire dance career, and I am thrilled that I've been chosen to represent and carry on the legacy. There is never a dull moment while dancing at Gus, whether I'm assisting a camp, or taking class with a master teacher. During the JAZZ Intensive, Miss Amy brings in master teachers that were trained directly under Gus. This week is always one of my favorites during the year because the teachers are a wealth of knowledge with Giordano technique! I am looking forward to the year ahead dancing alongside the GG’s as a GG Apprentice."
"Being a GG apprentice will be a very demanding task, which will require dedication and most importantly, time management. I pride myself in being the best student performer that I can be. I appreciate my instructors in pushing me to become better each day. I understand the challenges of learning new steps, while keeping good grades in school will require me to be focused. Using time management through my activities will be a great tool in my maturity and overall growth."