- $29 for one ticket to see Giordano Dance (up to $48 value)
- Where: Queens Theatre
- Seating: best available
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Available Performances * Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. * Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. * Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
For more than half a century, Giordano Dance has helped set the tempo for American jazz dance. The 50-year milestone is especially remarkable considering the company’s humble beginnings—when it was first founded in Chicago in 1963, it was made up of only five dancers who roamed the highways in a station wagon, eager to share their art with the world. But they didn’t stay small for long. Just five years later, the group performed for the Bolshoi Ballet and so impressed the group that they were invited to travel with them overseas, try some borscht, and tour the Soviet Union—the first jazz company to embark on such a tour. Since then, Giordano Dance has grown to be one of the world’s preeminent ensembles, combining jazz, hip-hop, and modern techniques in joyous pieces staged by lauded choreographers.
Originally constructed as part of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, Queens Theatre was first known as the Theaterama. The then-cinema sat between the space-age Astro-View towers and the Tent of Tomorrow, attracting attention with a facade sporting towering works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ellsworth Kelly. The fair ended in a puff of popcorn dust, but the theater went on—after being spared the wrecking ball, the space served as a movie theater and live entertainment venue before a $4 million renovation in 1989 buffed the diamond in the rough it to its present gleam. Today, Queens Theatre boasts an eclectic schedule of live programming, from theatrical performances to concerts. The theater also supports the local creative community, hosting the annual Latino Cultural Festival and fostering the talent of up-and-coming artists through its new play development program.