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Jazz DanceA History of the Roots and Branches$
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Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001

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The Legacy of Gus Giordano

The Legacy of Gus Giordano

(p.103) 14 The Legacy of Gus Giordano
Jazz Dance

Michael McStraw

University Press of Florida

Gus Giordano’s contributions to jazz dance are vast and his role in transforming it into a credible American art form cannot be over-emphasized. Gus created the powerful and joyous Giordano Technique, established the Giordano Dance School (1953), formed Giordano Dance Chicago (1963) (the first dance company devoted to jazz dance), wrote the highly acclaimed and first of its kind Anthology of American Jazz Dance (1976), and launched Jazz Dance World Congress (1990), an internationally-recognized forum for teaching, performance, and choreography. The Giordano Technique employs a deep plié, rhythmic complexity and precision, and a strong and consistent use of core while moving each part of the body in isolation. Stylistically, dancers are regal, grounded, and elegant but perform with kinetic urgency, vibrancy, and attack. Giordano is credited with creating generations of professional dancers and for his deep commitment to elevating jazz dance from an entertainment form to an art form.

Keywords:   Anthology of American Jazz Dance, Elevating jazz dance, Giordano Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance School, Giordano Technique, Gus Giordano, Jazz Dance World Congress

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