The Cause: Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) hosted its annual Giordano Legacy Ball at the Ravenswood Event Center recently. The event honored Homer Hans Bryant, former GDC Assistant Artistic Director and former principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and now Founder/Artistic Director of The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center (home of the Hiplet Ballerinas).
The Setting: Over 250 guests danced the night away surrounded by vintage cars, neon signs and music spun by the renowned DJ Madrid Perry. Popup performances by the Giordano Dance Chicago dancers were sprinkled throughout the evening, opening with the electric number, “Illuminate.”
The Scene: The Hiplet Ballerinas heralded the introduction of honoree Bryant with a special performance set to “Jammin’” by Black Violin. GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano said, “Homer is a legendary force in Chicago’s dance community and an inspirational educator whose career is built on strength, integrity, discipline and positivity.” The event raised more than $125,000 for GDC and its ongoing operations and community outreach programs including the innovative “Jazz Dance/Science & Health” program. (GDC’s popular “Dancing With The Giordano Stars” benefit is set for Oct. 6.)