Thursday January 18 6:30 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


10/05/2017 - 19:00
10/05/2017 - 23:00

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with spirits and light fare, followed by the competition. As part of the competition, each couple will perform a compulsory Foxtrot and a dance of their choice such as Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, Salsa or Tango. Judges for this year’s competition will include Chicago Tribune columnist Candace Jordan, Dan Uslan, President and Publisher of Michigan Avenue Magazine and the Joffrey’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. Open dancing for all guests completes the evening.

“Our annual ‘Dancing With The Giordano Stars’ benefit competition has developed a strong reputation as one of the liveliest fundraisers of the season and we’re thrilled to have 13 competitors join us for this year’s event, the most we’ve ever had,” says GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano.

The male contestants (and their GDC dance partners) are Chicago-based lifestyle photographer Mark Brown (with Arielle Israel), 14th Ward Chicago Alderman Ed Burke (with Ashley Downs), Equity, Debt & Structured Finance Group at Cushman & Wakefield Director Jeffrey Cohen (with Natasha Overturff Denny), Jeff Shea, CEO and Co-Founder of Payline (with Katie Rafferty), John Simpson, partner with Broadhaven Capital Partners (with Linnea Stureson) and Jonathon Wells, Principal Designer at Gregory Jordan Interiors LLC (with Maeghan McHale).

The female contestants (and their GDC dance partners) are Christine D'hondt, former consultant with Protiviti Risk Management Consulting (with Cesar G. Salinas), Annette Gonzalez, strategic accounts manager for Christopher Glass and Aluminum (with Zachary Heller), Dr. Stacie McClane of the Chicago Plastic Surgery Center (with Jacob Frazier), arts philanthropist Sheri Passalino (with Devin Buchanan), Olivia Sarnecki, Manager of the Cushman & Wakefield Education Practice Group (with Ryan Galloway), Karen Stefani, owner and operator of INSPIRED Catering & Events (with Adam Houston) and healthcare entrepreneur Mary Tolan of Chicago Pacific Founders (with Joseph Nicastro).

A limited number of balcony stools ($150-$200) and corporate tables ($5,000) are still available. For tickets or more information, visit or call 312.922.1332.

GDC, America’s original jazz dance company now entering its 55th year, is one of the longest running professional dance companies in Chicago and one of few dance companies in the U.S. to have achieved this milestone. Currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Nan Giordano and Executive Director Michael McStraw, GDC is a world-class dance company and a driving force in Chicago's thriving performing arts community. The company's new works continually expand the boundaries of jazz and contemporary dance. Each year, the company’s innovative outreach program, Jazz Dance/Science & Health reaches more than 400 CPS students in three neighborhood locations, and the Nan Giordano Certification Program® offers certification world-wide to professional dance educators in the proprietary and foundational Giordano Technique, created by Gus Giordano. GDC's administrative office is located at 1509 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago's South Loop. For more information about GDC and their programs, call 312.922.1332 or visit