The Company

devin

Columbus, OH

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Devin Buchanan

Devin began studying dance at Pinnell Dance Centre in Gahanna, OH, where he trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop.  After high school, Devin was accepted into the certificate program at The Ailey School.  The Ailey School provided him with performance opportunities and increased knowledge in various dance techniques such as Horton.  He was also given the chance to perform on stage with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Memoria.  Devin graduated from the Alvin Ailey certificate program in May 2010 and was accepted into The Fraulein Maria Project which gave him the chance to continue his work in modern dance.  Devin joined Giordano Dance Chicago as a Giordano II and had the opportunity to perform with the main company regionally and internationally.  He was promoted to the main Company after one season as a GII.  During his time with Giordano he has toured nationally and internationally, performing works by Liz Imperio, Roni Koresh, Ron De Jesus, Randy Duncan and Gus Giordano, to name a few.  In addition to dancing, Devin has been heavily involved in GDC’s outreach program, Jazz Dance/Science & Health, going into underserved Chicago Public Schools and teaching dance, health, and fitness to 4th and 5th grade students.  He also teaches dance throughout Chicago and the Chicagoland area and is a fitness instructor at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness.  Devin is excited to be in his seventh season as a main Company member with Giordano Dance Chicago.

 

Ashley

St. Paul, MN

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Ashley DownsAshley is a proud native of Lake Elmo, MN, where she graduated with honors from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.  She graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in Jazz.  While attending Point Park, Ashley had the privilege of training and performing a variety of works by Martha Graham, Kiesha Lalama, Ron Tassone, Garfield Lemonius, and Sidra Bell.  In addition to performing, she has also illustrated an immense passion for teaching.  Ashley has had the privilege of being a part of GDC's Jazz Dance/Science and Health outreach program this past season, teaching and bringing the joy of dance and health to 4th and 5th graders.  She has and continues to teach and choreograph for various studios in the Chicago area.  This is Ashley’s fourth season as a main company member following one season as a GII and one season as a Performing Associate.  Ashley is so grateful for the constant love and support from her family and couldn't be more thrilled and honored to be a part of the wonderful family that is Giordano Dance Chicago!

 

 

 

jacob

Cincinnati, OH

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Jacob Frazier

Jacob Frazier started his dance training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He graduated from Butler Tech School of the Arts in 2012 and attended Point Park University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance.  While attending Point Park, Jacob has had the privilege of training and performing a variety of works by José Limóne, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden, Mark Morris, Brian Enos, Jessica Lange, Douglas Bentz, and served as dance/fight captain for Oklahoma! under the direction of Patrick Cassidy.  In 2014 Jacob attended the Indigenous Dance Residency at the Banff Centre.  After attending the residency Jacob returned to Banff as a company member with Red Sky in which he performed as a dancer and choreographer in multiple showcases in Banff and Vancouver Canada. This is Jacob’s first season as a main company member following one season as a Junior Performing Associate. Love, light, and gratitude.

 


 

 

Ryan

New Richmond, IN

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Ryan GallowayRyan Galloway spent his early years studying tap, jazz, and hip-hop.  He performed with the professional troupe Fever Inferno Hip-Hop Squad and also earned many titles at national dance competitions.  He was introduced to contemporary dance in college at Indiana University and was quickly cast in many guest works including Paul Taylor's Esplanade, David Parsons' Nascimento Novo, Larry Keigwin's Runway, and Ishan Rustem's Long Story Short.  He also performed at the National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was awarded the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity in the category of Performing and Creative Arts.  Ryan has performed with Elizabeth Shea Dance at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the American Dance Guild's Festival 2014 at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Midwest Dance Festival, and as a guest with the Indianapolis-based Dance Kaleidoscope, directed by former Graham dancer David Hochoy.  This is Ryan’s first season as a main company member following two seasons as a Senior Performing Associate.

 

Zachary

Alexandria, VA

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Zachary Heller

Zachary Heller started his training in ballet and jazz in Alexandria, VA.  During his early training he performed with the American Dance Company under the direction of Mark Marino.  He accompanied ADC on several tours to Europe and Central America.  While dancing with ADC he was recognized as the Grishko Outstanding Male Dancer at the Prague International Dance Festival in 2003.  His choreography of the musicals A Chorus Line and The Boyfriend received Cappies Awards for outstanding musical theater choreography in 2003 and 2004.  He attended the University of Arizona and in 2008 graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance; he also fulfilled all the requirements for Pre Med.  At U of A, he performed works choreographed by Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, Sam Watson, Douglas Nielson, Frank Chaves, James Clouser, and George Balanchine.  2017-18 marks Zach's tenth season performing with Giordano Dance Chicago.  He is a resident choreographer for Definition Dance Academy in Bucktown.  He also teaches at and choreographs for studios and youth companies in the Chicago area and around the U.S.  Zachary would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.

 

adam

Boone, IA

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Adam began his early training in his hometown of Boone, Iowa.  Upon graduating high school, he moved to Tucson, Arizona where he continued studying at The University of Arizona.  There Adam began his professional training in ballet with James Clouser and Melissa Lowe, along with modern and jazz.  During his time at U of A, Adam performed works by James Clouser, Elizabeth George, Doug Nielsen, Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, and Sam Watson.  He also performed in works by guest choreographers Larry Keigwin, Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst’s CHICAGO Suite, and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Rubies, as the Principle Male.  Adam graduated magna cum laude from The University of Arizona receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance.  He was also named Outstanding Senior by the School of Dance for the graduating class of 2013.  Upon graduating from the University of Arizona, Adam began his professional career with Giordano Dance Chicago as a Performing Associate.  He was then promoted to Senior Performing Associate.  During his time as a PA, he performed with the main company regionally, nationally, and internationally. Going into his fifth season with Giordano, Adam has had the opportunity to perform works by Autumn Eckman, Liz Imperio, Roni Koresh, Ray Leeper, Randy Duncan, and Gus Giordano, to name a few.  In addition to dancing, Adam is a part of GDC's Jazz Dance/Science & Health outreach program; teaching 4th and 5th grade students in Chicago Public Schools about dance, health, and fitness.  He also teaches and choreographs in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.  Following two years as a Senior Performing Associate, Adam is excited and honored to be in his third season with Giordano Dance Chicago as a main Company member.

 

maeghan

Baltimore, MD

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Maeghan McHale

Maeghan McHale, named one of Dance Magazine's “Top 25 to Watch” in 2010, was born in Baltimore, MD.  She studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she performed works by David Parsons, David Grenke, and John Clifford.  She received a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she performed with the Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble.  While in New York, Maeghan studied at Steps on Broadway and performed with Extended Dance Company, as well as off-Broadway under the direction of Tony Award winner Hinton Battle.  She has also participated in the Jazz Dance World Congress, The Miss America Parade, and Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit.  In 2005 Maeghan received a full scholarship to GDS, and in 2006 became a performing apprentice.  2007 marked her first season with GDC, making 2016-17 her tenth season.  This is Maeghan's eleventh season as a company member with Giordano Dance Chicago. Along with establishing herself as a well-recognized dancer, she has grown as a teacher and choreographer.  Her work set on the Giordano II, The Winner Is was performed in Dance Chicago.  Her choreography was part of Youth America Grand Prix's Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow tour.  In May 2011 her choreography, Angelica was performed as part of Dancin' Downtown at the Joyce where it received the Performance Award.  In May 2013 her work If also won the Performance Award.  Both pieces were included in Summer Stage in NYC.  In June 2014 Ms. McHale had the honor of being on the School Faculty of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS teaching the Giordano Technique for two weeks.  In November 2015 she was on faculty for CNADM during their fall workshop in IL.  Just recently she was certified in two of the levels of the NGCP® for the Giordano Technique. 

 

NATASHA

Des Moines, IA

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Natasha Overturff Denny

Natasha Overturff Denny began her dance training in Des Moines, IA at her mother’s studio, Moore Dance.  At a young age Natasha began traveling to Evanston, Illinois to further her studies, where she fell in love with the Giordano Technique and continued to study it consistently throughout her training.  After graduating high school, she attended the University of Arizona to continue her dance education under a faculty made up of several past Giordano Company members.  While there, Natasha performed various repertoire works from choreographers such as Susan Quinn, Sam Watson, Michael Williams, and was the featured female role in Chicago Medley staged by Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst.  Natasha graduated cum laude from with a BFA degree in 2012. Upon graduating, Natasha began her career with Giordano Dance Chicago as a Giordano II and held that position for two seasons.  She was then promoted to Senior Performing associate where she performed and toured with the main company regionally, nationally, and internationally for one season, and was then promoted to the main company.  Natasha is currently working as a guest choreographer and teacher at studios, high schools, and universities across the country.  She has been on faculty at the Great Lakes Dance Festival and has also set works for the company Ballet Nebraska.  Natasha is thrilled to be in her third season as a main company member and in her sixth season with the Giordano Dance Chicago organization and family. 

 

Katie

Trevose, PA

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Katie RaffertyKatie began her training at Kay’s Act II Dance Studio in Trevose, PA.  She is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Dance Performance.  She attended Uarts under a Promising Artists Scholarship, and upon graduation was awarded Outstanding Jazz Dance Performance.  While attending Uarts, Katie was a member of the Xhale Dance Company for five seasons, including performances for the Philly Fringe Festival and the New York City Choreographers Canvas.  Katie looks forward to returning to Philly every year to perform as a dancer in the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, under Robbie Mackey’s direction and choreography. Katie has been with Giordano Dance Chicago for eight seasons, starting as a Giordano II and working her way up to Performing Associate; this is her fifth season as a main Company member.  One of the highlights she has working with the Company is being a part of GDC’s Jazz Dance/Science & Health program and being able to teach children about dance, health and fitness. She currently teaches at the Joffrey Academy and All About Dance and is constantly inspired by her students. Katie is certified in the Intermediate Level of the NGCP® for the Giordano Technique. 

 

 

Linnea Corinne

Erie, PA

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Linnea Corrine SturesonLinnea Corrine Stureson began her early dance education studying jazz and ballet techniques at various competitive and recreational dance studios.  Through competitive dance she learned to value and excel in performance expression, artistry, and musicality.  However, it wasn't until age thirteen that she began to pursue ballet-specific training at Lake Erie Ballet School of Dance in Erie, Pennsylvania under the directorship of Lesley Bories-Scalise.  Linnea went on to pursue a college education beginning her senior year of high school from Mercyhurst University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Performance in 2014.  Her expedited college experience shaped her into a well-rounded, diverse, and mature artist with a hunger for knowledge and growth which has continued to help support her professional career today.  In addition to her dance career she has the pleasure of teaching at various dance studios in Chicago and across the Chicagoland area.  Linnea could not be more thrilled and grateful to have the honor of being a first year main company member after two years as a Senior Performing Associate with Giordano Dance Chicago and one year as a Junior Performing Associate. 

 

 

 

Performing Associates

Mariterese

Chicago, IL

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Mariterese AltosinoMariterese Altosino received her early dance training from local studios, Academy of Dance Arts and Xtreme Dance Force.  She graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Business/Entrepreneurship.  Mariterese is a veteran instructor with Universal Dance Association (UDA) where she teaches high school and college dance camps throughout the summer and works National and International championships throughout the year.  Through UDA, she has traveled to Bottrop, Germany, Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Maribor, Slovenia to judge competitions and instruct local dance teams.  Altosino teaches at various studios around the Chicagoland area and has performed in events such as Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, World of Dance, Dance Chicago, and Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival.  Mariterese is also in her second year of coaching the Junior Varsity Dance Team at Downers Grove South.  Mariterese is so thankful for the entire Giordano Dance Chicago family and is extremely excited for her first year as a Junior Performing Associate after two seasons with Giordano II.

 

Ari

Jacksonville, NC

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Arielle IsraelAri Israel began her training at the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville under the guidance of Maura Herrera and Debra Baile.  After high school, Ari furthered her training at Towson University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the year of 2015, and received a BFA in Dance Performance.  As a member of the Towson University Dance Company from 2011-2015, Ari had the opportunity to perform ballets such as Giselle, Paquita, and Don Quixote,as well as works by Runqiao Du, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent E. Thomas, Trent Williams, Christopher K. Morgan, Stephanie Powell, Alia Kache, and Alvin Ailey's Robert Battle. Ari has performed with two professional companies in the Baltimore and DC area: VT Dance Company and Ballet ADI.  She has had the pleasure to work with the Broadway legend, Hinton Battle, on the feature film BOLDEN! Ari has also received training through summer intensives at The Ailey School as a Scholarship Student, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  Ari is currently in her first season as a Senior Performing Associate after two seasons with Giordano Dance Chicago as a Junior Performing Associate.

 

Nathan

Kansas City, MO

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Nathan RommelAs a Kansas City native, Nathan received his early dance training at the Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice, under the direction of Brian McGinness and Shirley Marley.  Here, he was privileged to perform original works by Francie Huber, Christopher Barksdale, and Roy Lightner.  After graduating in 2012, Nathan continued his studies at Hope College, performing pieces created by Sharon Wong, Steven Iannacone, and Anne-René Petrarca.  As a member of H2, the resident Hope College performance company, He was given the opportunity to perform locally and at various regional festivals, including MI5 and the Big Rapids Dance Festival.  Nathan graduated from Hope College in 2016 with a B.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics.  Nathan could not be happier to be with the Giordano family in his first year as a Junior Performing Associate after one season as a member of Giordano II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIORDANO II

Jack

St. Louis, MO

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Jack Halbert began his dance training at the age of five in his hometown of St. Louis, MO.  Over the years, he has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern.  In 2013, Jack accepted a scholarship to continue his training with the University of Arizona School of Dance.  While at the U of A, he was privileged to perform works by Michael Williams, Sam Watson, James Clouser, Sherry Zunker, and Jose Limon.  With Professor Sam Watson, Jack also had the opportunity to perform with WATSon dance in Germany and Italy.  In May 2017, Jack graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance as well as a minor in sports management.  Jack is thrilled to be a part of Giordano II in his first season with Giordano Dance Chicago.

 

imani

Atlanta, GA

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Born and raised in Atlanta, Imani started dancing his junior year in high school, developing a passion for dance and beginning training at Sugarloaf Performing Arts.  After graduation, Imani moved to New York to train on a full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in a Jazz and Contemporary program directed by Michael Blake.  While in the program he trained intensely in a variety of techniques, and had the honor of dancing in works by Bradley Shelver, Matthew Powell, Jennifer Archibald, Kevin Wyn, and Nathan Trice.  He has worked with former prima ballerina Margo Sappington, Tony Award-winner Chet Walker, and choreographer of the musical Rent, Marlies Yerba.  Imani danced throughout New York for two years performing works by Sekou McMiller, Lane Gifford, Tyler Gilstrap, and Emily Bufferd.  He has been featured on Joffrey Ballet School advertisements and promotional materials shot by Lois Greenfield, and selected to showcase his original choreography at the Alvin Ailey Performance Space.  He is excited and honored to be in his first year with the Giordano family as a Giordano II.