Artistic Director


Nan GiordanoArtistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago since 1993, Nan has guided the development of a large and diverse repertoire.  Nan was trained by her father and mentor, Gus Giordano, who created the world-renowned Giordano Technique.  Developer of the Nan Giordano Certification Program®, Nan is the world’s preeminent authority on the essence, discipline, progression and continuance of the Giordano Technique; the vision of the NGCP® is to provide worldwide, ongoing, and in-depth access to this ground-breaking dance form.  She had an extensive performing career in concert dance, as well as in the industrial and fashion worlds. Her concert dance experience began with Giordano Dance Theatre, before apprenticing and then joining Giordano Dance Chicago.  With her father at the helm of the company, she traveled and performed extensively around the world; she also had the opportunity to perform in numerous WTTW dance television specials choreographed by her father including the Emmy Award winning “The Rehearsal.”  When an injury ended her performing career, Nan became Associate Director of the company and was instrumental in establishing a working Board of Directors, which has evolved into today’s three separate boards.  In the last twenty- one years, under Nan’s leadership, GDC has established a high profile reputation for excellence in the Chicago dance community, as well as in the national and international dance worlds.  Sid Smith, former dance critic of the Chicago Tribune in his glowing review of one new work, wrote that it was “further evidence of artistic director Nan Giordano’s shrewd instincts for choreographic talent and excellent dancers.” Nan’s concert choreography credits include four works in Giordano Dance Chicago’s repertoire. On the commercial side Nan has choreographed several television commercials.  Nan teaches master classes throughout the United States, and has toured internationally as guest teacher in many countries including Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, and Mexico.  She is also the driving force behind GDC’s major outreach program in Chicago Public Schools.  Nan received the Manford Byrd Jr. Wizard of Oz Award for Outstanding Service from Howland School of the Arts.  Nan is Artistic Director of Jazz Dance World Congress (JDWC), an event that draws dancers, choreographers, and teachers from more than 30 countries.  JDWC has been held at many national and international sites, including Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in Chicago, co-presented with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  In 2012, JDWC was co-presented by GDC and Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Nan served three years on the Illinois Arts Council Dance Panel and also served on the Community Arts Assistance Program Dance Panel for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.  She currently serves on the International Ballet Competition, National Honorary Committee and the Advisory Board for Dance Magazine.