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Celebrate 50 Legendary Years with Giordano Dance Chicago

January 31, 2013
The Maui Weekly

On Thursday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7:30, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center will present the original jazz dance company, Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), as part of GDC's 50th anniversary season.

For five decades, Giordano Dance Chicago has captivated audiences worldwide with dynamic performances and a vast array of repertoire. Founded by Gus Giordano in 1963, GDC is known for its high-energy, high-impact artistry that has often expanded and redefined the very definition of jazz dance. Even today, GDC remains true to its mission, creating and presenting new and innovative jazz dance choreography and bringing this invaluable American art form to audiences of all ages and from all ethnic backgrounds.

For its Maui program, the company will perform selections from its wide body of work. "Giordano Moves" is comprised of pieces from classic Gus Giordano choreography with music by Sara Bareilles. "G-Force" is a new piece which highlights the acceleration on a body in motion, and music by Starkey. The program will also include a special preview performance of "La Belleza de Cuba" from GDC's world premiere in March 2013 with music by Los Van Van, La India and Ozomatli and "Alegra," another Latin-style piece with music by Rodrigo y Gabriela. The company will also perform the 1990 piece, "The Man That Got Away," with music by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin and "Jolt," a 2012 piece, with an original score by Evan Bivins that features playing on buckets, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils.

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The Giordano Dance Chicago jazz dance company will perform “Alegría,” a Latin-style piece with music by Rodrigo y Gabriela, and other selections at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Photo: Gorman Cook

GDC has brought the excitement of American jazz dancing to audiences throughout the U.S. and in countries around the world--including Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Japan. GDC serves as the host performing company at Jazz Dance World Congress, a biannual event, which has been held at many world sites, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Tickets are available for $12, $32 and $45 for adults, and $12, $16 and $22.50 for kids ages 12 years and under (plus applicable fees).

Make it a family night and enjoy pre-show dinner catered by Three's Bar & Grill from 5:30 p.m. in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to



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