Founded by Dance Legend Gus Giordano,
Gus Giordano Dance School offers a wide range of dance and fitness classes for All ages & levels. DISCOVER DANCE (age 2-12), DANCE ED (high school - adult students) Scholarship Program, & Giordano Juniors Performing Company Program.
Amy Giordano, School Director
ARTango Center brings 2,000 square feet of Buenos Aires to Chicago in a studio whose ebony hardwood floors, exposed-brick walls, and flowing white curtains set the stage for tango lessons and lively milonga parties. Instructors well versed in the passionate dance teach both neophytes building foundational techniques and those who already sleep with a rose gripped in their teeth at night. Rotating partners help pupils think on their feet, and private lessons intensify learning at a pace comfortable for each dancer. On Friday nights, twirlers of all levels gather for a milonga, a tango dance party that offers a light buffet and the chance to try out ardent steps in an appropriate environment instead of with a bewildered mailman.
Though the artsy, industrial vibe stays the same all day long at Artango South American Bistro, the morning and evening crowds could not be more different. During the day, diners lounge in the naturally-lit dining room to make a feast of their BYOB drinks paired with South American bistro fare. Dinner, served Tuesday through Sunday, includes starters such as Peruvian ceviche and empanadas, ahead of entrees such as filet mignon, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, and rocoto relleno, a dish of quinoa and vegetables with a smoked provolone.
Natalie of Rast Ballet & Dance Studio draws on her experience as a touring dancer and a faculty member at Columbia College to teach ballet in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Natalie offers traditional ballet classes for adults and children, as well as classes in Iyengar yoga, hip-hop, and Latin dance taught by accomplished guest instructors. The spacious dance studio tickles toes with a robust wood floor and central air in a facility that is also available to rent for occasions such as rehearsals, auditions, workshops, and duels between Nutcracker Cavaliers.
Although primarily a teacher, Natalie began her professional dance career with the Joel Hall Dancers of Chicago, and continued to tour the United States and Europe gracing stages in cities such as New York, London, Glasgow, and Bergen.
At Tango Che Productions, couple Daniel Noce and Ramona Nita share lifetimes of experience through instruction and foster a strong Argentine tango community with milonga parties. Noce hails from Argentina, where he earned a bachelor's degree in his country's native dances, including tango, before joining the Ballet of the University of Argentina and studying under tango luminaries Rodolfo Dinzel. Nita pointed her feet toward tango at age 12, when she earned a dance scholarship and pair of spring-loaded heels that launched her career as an instructor and performer of Latin and ballroom styles. In 2005, she met tango by way of Noce, and the two have since showcased their passionate embrace and deft footwork as members of the Otero Dance Company.
The pair teaches private and group tango lessons together, imparting the intricacies of leading and following through their own bodies and trails of rose petals they use to mark choreography. During weekly Friday night milongas, a seasoned tango DJ draws couples to the dance floor for a night of traditional dancing. In addition to putting on professional performances for cultural and corporate events, the staff hosts dance-laden on-site wedding receptions for up to 60 people.