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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



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