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Spring Classes
Synapse Arts is an Arts Partner in Residence with the Chicago Park District.
Our home studio is at Loyola Park, where we offer weekly classes to children and adults. These classes run in 10 week sessions, and are open to the public.

Loyola Park is located at 1230 West Greenleaf Ave. in Rogers Park. Register for spring classes online starting February 23, for only $11-$25 per session.

The Spring session runs March 30 through June 2, and offers:

Basic Ballroom with Elisa Foshay
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Students will be introduced to Latin and Ballroom dances including foundational steps, lead-follow technique and styling. Partners are welcome but not required.

Modern Dance Class with Kristina Fluty
Now on Thursdays
$5 cash drop ins are welcome!

This gentle dance class improves dynamic alignment, increases spatial awareness, and patterns more efficient everyday movement through fun dance phrases.

Children's Ballet with Katie Matteson Campana
4:00pm-4:45pm, 5 to 7 year olds
5:00pm-6:00pm, 8 to 11 year olds

Synapse Arts Open House
Thursday April 21, 2016

As part of Chicago Dance Month, Synapse Arts is opening the studio doors!

The Open House is a full day of FREE events including classes, open rehearsal, and an arm knitting workshop at our home studio as Arts Partners in Residence at Loyola Park. Take dance class, ask questions, and see the artwork being made. Come and go throughout the day and enjoy a deeper look into the creation of "Openwork," Synapse Arts' newest evening length performance that combines original fiber art, music, and dance.

Schedule of Events

   10:30am - 12:00pm
   Modern Class with Kristina Fluty
   As part of the Open House, this class is free for new students!
   Ages 18 and up, all skill levels welcome.

   12:15pm - 2:00pm
   Open Rehearsal and Showing of "Openwork"
   Watch the performers at work, as they create choreography
   and textiles in tandem. Then see a 20-minute performance from the
   evening length piece "Openwork," followed by a question and
   answer session with the artists.

   2:00pm - 2:30pm
   Complimentary refreshments will be served

   2:30pm - 3:45pm
   Body-knitting demonstration and workshop
   An avid needle-crafter, Synapse Director Rachel Damon began experimenting
   with arm knitting as a way to truly blend dancing and needlecraft.
   Large pieces can be formed quickly, and no prior knitting experience is necessary.
   During this free workshop you can learn how to arm knit, then take your creation
   home or donate your piece to be included in the Openwork premiere!
   No materials needed. Bring your own arms.

   4:00pm - 4:45pm
   Observe Beginning Ballet Class (5-7yrs)
   Taught by Katie Matteson-Campana

   5:00pm - 6:00pm
   Observe Beginning Ballet Class (8-11yrs)
   Taught by Katie Matteson-Campana

"Openwork" Premiere
June 3 - 5, 2016
at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago
Friday - Sunday, all shows are at 7pm

Reserve your tickets in advance for Synapse Arts' newest evening-length work. Openwork is a performance that blends large-scale body knitting and contemporary dance. This visually complex piece weaves together expressionistic lighting, textiles, and movement to create a web-like dreamland. The work presents opportunities for audience involvement, such as unraveling knitted garments that the dancers are wearing.

Directed by Rachel Damon, Openwork features Laura Tennal, Katie Matteson-Campana, Gretchen Soechting, Megan Rhyme, and an original score by Matthew Griffo.

Recent Events

The 3rd Annual Live Art Party
Get your tickets here
Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:30pm
6 North Michigan Avenue

The Live Art Party is a casual evening with spectacular rooftop views, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and performances. Our 3rd annual Live Art Party will be hosted at a private Millennium Park penthouse located at 6 North Michigan Avenue.

Party goers will enjoy performances by Synapse Arts, live music by Matt Griffo, and the sunset over Lake Michigan from the best rooftop that Chicago has to offer!

Synapse performs at The Bridge
November 20th
Curator Kestutis Nakas brings Synapse to his Bridgeport performance space as part of FOLLOWSPOT
643 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616
(In Bridgeport, near the corner of 31st and Lowe Ave)

Residency at the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign Dance Department

Director Rachel Damon worked with UIUC students and alumni to begin a new project that marries her large-scale handmade textiles with dance. This project will be developed over the next two years.

You're So Stubborn – Open Rehearsal
Join us for an Open Rehearsal of You're So Stubborn as part of
Chicago Dance Month!
Get a sneak peek into the dance studio at the Chicago Cultural Center, and watch this original dance-theatre work being made, just weeks before it premieres at the Storefront Theater!
Wednesday, April 22nd
6pm - 7pm
Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio
78 East Washington Street
More Information: seechicagodance.com/event/youre-so-stubborn-open-rehearsal-part-chicago-dance-month

You're So Stubborn - Premiere
A sardonic dance-theater piece about deception
May 15, 16, 17, 2015
7:30pm Fri/Sat, 2pm Sun
Tickets available here: www.tix.com/

What does it feel like to learn that you've been lied to?
You're So Stubborn is a sardonic dance-theater performance about deception. Built from the true stories of performers and audiences, absurd and intimate moments mix with twisted humor to undermine our attachment to certainty.
At The Storefront Theater
66 East Randolph Street, Chicago

Rachel Damon
JulieAnn Graham
Christopher Knowlton
Sammy Spriggs
Michelle Burger-Modrzejewski
Katie Matteson
and Gretchen Soechting

Movement Coach: Kristina Fluty
Sound Designer: Rustel Weiss
Lighting Designer: Sarah Lackner
Creative Consultant: Brian Shaw

This production is presented in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

August 1
collision_theory at Activate
Celebrate the 5th year of collision_theory at a site-specific performance!
Presented by The Chicago Loop Alliance

Live Art Party
Thursday, September 4
5:30 – 9pm
$1 – $25
Happy hour and rooftop performances at a Millennium Park penthouse!
RSVP here: www.eventbrite.com/e/tenth-anniversary-live-art-party-tickets-12375548599

The 5th anniversary of collision theory
Monday, October 20
7pm doors - bar open for business, retrospective photos and videos shown
7:30pm performances
At Links Hall
3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago
Tickets $10: linkshall.ticketfly.com/event/665909-collision-theory-chicago/
Celebrate collision theory's 5th anniversary celebration with an all-star "supercollider"!
The ensemble of musicians includes luminaries James Falzone, Carol Genetti, Lou Mallozzi, Dave Rempis, and Michael Zerang; the group of dancers features prodigies Josh Anderson, Adriana Durant, Lisa Gonzales, JulieAnn Graham, and Mikey Rioux.

You're So Stubborn Showing
Saturday, November 22
At The Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio
78 East Washington Street, Chicago
An informal work-in-progress showing, including solo and ensemble sections of the new dance-theater work about deception. Featuring Rachel Damon, JulieAnn Graham, Christopher Knowlton, and Sammy Spriggs. A question and answer session will follow this 30 minute performance.
More information here: cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/worksinprogress.html

"An emotionally volatile, physically unpredictable, really fun in-the-moment experience." – SeeChicagoDance.com