Renowned Jazz Dance Company Giordano Dance Chicago Performs at The Franklin Theatre, Feb. 11-13, 2022
The Franklin Theatre is thrilled to present the world-renowned Giordano Dance Chicago, February 11-13, 2022 as part of its 2022 Celebration of Dance Series. This series of performances features the artistry of the human form as dance performances of all types fill the stage of the Franklin Theatre.
In 59 years as an artistic leader and innovator, Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), America’s original jazz dance company, has contributed greatly to the health of Chicago’s performing arts community. From GDC’s origins in Gus Giordano’s family-run studio to their current incarnation as a professional organization with over a half-century of worldwide performances (27 countries, 46 states, and more than 1,200 cities), their imprint on the art form of jazz dance is far-reaching and significant. GDC contributions include: a vast repertoire of more than 170 original works; the mentoring of new and emerging choreographers; the commissioning of innumerable musical scores and production designers; the education of tens of thousands of under-resourced public school and community students; the creation of generations of professional dancers, and performances to millions of audience members worldwide.
Several major factors combine to be the engine behind all programs, and which reflect the organization’s mission and vision. First, the legacy of founder Gus Giordano suffuses the organization, its mission and its daily activities and cannot be over-emphasized. Second, the leadership of Artistic Director Nan Giordano and Executive Director Michael McStraw has challenged and transformed the organization to continuously raise its standards, take artistic risks, and expand its influence worldwide. Third, GDC recruits, hires, and fosters dance artists who possess more than just superlative technique and experience, but who also convey passion, humanity, and elegance. Lastly, GDC makes passionate and visceral offerings which connect deeply with audiences.
GDC’s mission provides for strong educational programs and services, including teaching the Giordano Technique in residencies in college and university dance programs, as well as the Nan Giordano Certification Program® which offers multi-level instruction and certification in the proprietary Giordano Technique. GDC’s Jazz Dance/Science & Health program, established in 2006, teaches elementary-school anatomy and nutrition curriculum through a dance-centric program in the science classroom over the course of eight weeks. In 2018 the program brought 300 classes to 450 students in four under-resourced schools.
Giordano Dance Chicago performs at The Franklin Theatre, Friday, February 11 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, Februay 12 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, February 13 at 3:00 PM. For ticket information, visit www.franklintheatre.com or call 615-538-2076.
Currently announced 2022 Celebration of Dance Series shows include:
LOS VIVANCOS: THE FLAMENCO KINGS; March 4 & 5, 2022
Los Vivancos have been seen by over a million spectators from over 40 countries. They have had a critically acclaimed performance on “Dancing With The Stars,” had an extended engagement at Dollywood, and have received personal recognition by royalty, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, at the performances at the renowned Monte Carlo Circus Festival in Italy. Such worldwide appreciation is why Los Vivancos is said to be the musical-scenic phenomenon of the decade. Los Vivancos have only just started writing their history now; don’t miss being a part of it with them.
RHYTHMIC CIRCUS – HOLIDAY SHUFFLE; November 26 & 27, 2022
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Rhythmic Circus is an internationally renowned, 12-member live music and tap dance ensemble. Experiencing one of their adrenaline-soaked dance performances feels like witnessing the rebirth of an art form, one that forged all kinds of stylistic hybrids, but is something else entirely.