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Guest Choreographer Nan Giordano Prepares
Modern Piece for Dance 27

Posted March 5, 2001

HOLLAND -- Jazz/modern choreographer Nan Giordano will bring her world-renowned talent to Holland as guest choreographer for the Hope College-sponsored Dance 27 concert.

This year's concert will run Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10, at the main theatre of DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Curtain time will be 8 p.m. for all performances.

Giordano, whose work has been internationally acclaimed, has choreographed a modern piece for the concert to music by Orb. Her piece for the upcoming concert is described by one her dancers as "a piece about abstract art; we become the art."

Giordano is from Chicago, Ill. She became associate director of Gus Giordano Jazz Chicago in 1986, and was appointed artistic director in 1993. She is on the faculty of the Giordano Dance Center and has toured internationally as a guest teacher in many cities, including Aix en Provence, France; Montreal, Canada; and throughout Germany.

She is also on the national faculties of many organizations, including Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Dance Olympus, Professional Dance Teachers of America, and Starpower.

Giordano received her dance training at Giordano Dance Center and Southern Methodist University.

The Hope dancers to be featured in Giordano's work include senior Kelly Buwalda of Granger, Ind.; sophomore Mary Dunlap of Saline; senior Jodi Kurtze of Elkhart, Ind.; senior Matthew Stehle of Pittsburgh, Pa.; senior Danny Taylor of Story City, Iowa; and senior Danika Van Beek of Libertyville, Ill. The understudies are freshman Timothy Heck of Libertyville, Ill.; senior Angela Lee of Muskegon; and sophomore Amanda Petersen of Wheeling, Ill.

Tickets for Dance 27 are available from the theatre lobby ticket office located in the DeWitt Center, and cost $6 for regular adult admission and $4 for senior citizens, students, and members of the Hope faculty and staff. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

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