Gus Giordano Dance School director Amy Giordano holds the sign that will live in front of the school.You know you’ve made it big when you get a street named after you, and legendary jazz dancer and teacher Gus Giordano is no exception. On Saturday, October 12, the Gus Giordano Dance School began celebrating its 60th anniversary with the installation and presentation of an “Honorary Gus Giordano Way” street sign on North Clark Street in Chicago, where the school is located. This isn’t the first time Giordano has been honored in a big way by the city of Chicago: In 1989, then mayor Richard Daley declared October 13 “Gus Giordano Day.”
Giordano, who passed away in 2008, founded not only his dance school but also his own company, Giordano Dance Chicago, and the annual Jazz Dance World Congress, both now directed by his daughter Nan. As part of the weekend anniversary celebration, “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Dee Caspary and original A Chorus Line Broadway cast member Laura Klein held workshops.