"He [Gus Giordano] wanted to have an event that would elevate jazz dance to the same level as ballet and modern dance."
Ben Hodge became Giordano Dance Chicago's first official Executive Director in 1996 after a career in video production. Cousin to Peg Giordano, Gus Giordano's wife, Hodge was joining what was already a family business and worked closely with both Gus and his daughter, Nan Giordano. He still serves as advisor to the company.
August 08, 2017: Ben Hodge details his tenure as Executive Director of Giordano Dance Chicago from 1996 to his retirement in 2009, which included several international company tours and the semi-annual Jazz Dance World Congress. He speaks extensively on the impact Gus Giordano had on Chicago arts and culture and jazz dance education and illustrates how the company operated as a true family business.