Outreach Programs

Partner Organizations


Boys Hope Girls Hope Illinois + Chicago High School for the Performing Arts + Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center + Children’s Home & Aid + Loyola Park + Mozart Elementary School + Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies + Salvation Army Teen Reach Praise Dance Group + Willa Cather Elementary School


We enrich lives through dance. Whether in school classrooms, theaters, parks, or elsewhere, we believe that the dedication and commitment it takes to dance and to participate in the arts experience will build a strong and lasting foundation for life. Our outreach programs serve youth

and their families in several ways:

Jazz Dance/Science & Health is a curriculum-based science and health program via a sequential

in-class residency, integrating dance classes with the Chicago Public Schools health and science curriculum. The program is comprised of 16 one hour dance classes taught to students in the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, Mozart Elementary School, and Willa Cather Elementary School. In each school, two dance classes per week are taught for eight weeks each during our residencies. The concentrations of this residency program, which are basic anatomy, nutrition, relationship of body systems, and avoiding injury, are designed for 4th, 5th and 7th grades.

Giordano Dance Ticket Program serves thousands of area students and families from the communities and organizations listed above with free performance tickets.

“Jazz Dance Beat…Then and Now” has been performed for more than 60,000 people of all ages and backgrounds in cities across the United States and around the world. The program is led by an on-stage narrator, performed by the entire Giordano Dance Chicago company in full costume, and culminates in a question and answer session between the audience and the dancers. Jazz Dance Beat is performed on stages and in gymnasiums, and jazz dance master classes are often arranged in conjunction with this program.

Giordano Master Classes and Workshops are offered in schools, colleges and other facilities and provide a unique opportunity to learn the Giordano technique, style, and repertoire.

These efforts are made possible, in part, by support from the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, the Crown Family, the Alphawood Foundation, the Helen Brach Foundation, and many individual contributors.


Please note Giordano Dance Chicago, the Giordano Legacy Fund, and the Nan Giordano Certification Program® are in no way affiliated with the Gus Giordano Dance School or the Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation.