Article KAPA Dancer Receives Opportunity of a Lifetime

"A young dancer with the Kohl Academy of Performing Arts recently got the opportunity of a lifetime. Lila Jane Bonds is 11 years old and entering Douglas Middle School this fall. She has a passion for dance, and that was recognized at an invitational showcase and class in Marietta, Georgia, called 'Jazz on Tap'. “I was in a class when some teachers called me over,” Bonds said. “They told me that I had a scholarship for that camp, so they asked for my name and my age.”

“The camp was at Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Gus Giordano is a legend in the dance world, according to Jane Kohl, owner of KAPA. He dedicated his life to teaching dance across the world. His daughter, Amy Giordano, is Executive Director of the School and founder of The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation…” Click here to continue


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Innovative Global Fitness Pioneer Judi Sheppard Missett Receives Inaugural Gus Giordano Legacy Award for Her Contribution to the World of Dance

"Friday, Oct. 13, global dance fitness pioneer Judi Sheppard Missett was presented with the inaugural Gus Giordano Legacy Award by Amy Giordano at the Mayne Stage in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by the Gus Giordano Foundation, the event not only honored the contribution Sheppard Missett has made to the dance community but also raised funds to support young dancers.

Also known as “Godfather of American Jazz Dance,” Gus Giordano was an American jazz dancer and choreographer who was one of the pioneers of the style known as Jazz Dance. Following a Broadway career, Mr. Giordano moved to the Chicago area and opened a dance school in 1953. He was the first and only Jazz Master to codify his own technique..." Continue reading



Giordano Foundation Holds Benefit

"Gus Giordano’s dedication to jazz dance is common knowledge. Perhaps less known is how Giordano supported the genre at the ground level—by giving scholarships to young students hungry to travel to Chicago to learn jazz under his direct tutelage.

“I grew up seeing him help thousands of dancers,” Amy P. Giordano, his daughter and director of the Gus Giordano Dance School, told Dance Studio Life..." Continue reading