CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 9, 2015 – Known as America’s original jazz dance company, Giordano Dance Chicago will bring its dynamic jazz repertoire to the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 7:30 p.m. March 24.
Currently celebrating its 51st season, Giordano Dance Chicago creates innovative choreography, often redefining and expanding the very definition of jazz dance, and bringing this invaluable art form to enthusiastic audiences around Chicago, the United States and internationally.
“Having seen this company develop over many years, I can tell you they are in fine form today,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “Reminiscent of some of the hottest jazz dance companies, Giordano still has a distinctive style of its own, so much so that this performance is part of the Midwest conference for the American College Dance Association. I can’t imagine having a more exciting evening than when you have fantastic dancers performing for fantastic dance students. It’ll be a performance made for an audience made for a performance.”
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago began in 1963 as Dance Incorporated Chicago and became the Giordano Dance Chicago in 1966 when many of its live performances were broadcast by the Chicago’s public television station, WTTW.
In 1968, the company performed American jazz dance for the touring Bolshoi Ballet, which was so impressed that an invitation was extended, and the company eventually toured the Soviet Union in 1974, the first jazz dance company to do so.
The company received a Chicago Dance Award in 2004. It serves as the host performing company at the Jazz Dance World Congress and also participates in philanthropy and enriches lives through outreach programs and activities to meet the needs of diverse and underserved communities.
Nan Giordano began as associate director in the 1980s and since 1993, has served as artistic director and guided the development of a large and diverse repertoire. Executive Director Michael McStraw is responsible for the ongoing development and strategic growth of the organization, securing the resources needed to support the mission and programs of Giordano Dance Chicago.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.