*ONLINE* Free Dance Day 2020 with Synapse Arts

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Event Description

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 

Events at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm CST hosted online via Zoom



Join Synapse Arts for FREE dance-centric events! In the past this day has been chock full of in-person activities. This year we are reimagining Free Dance Day for virtual space, with three main events intended for all ages, abilities, identities, and incomes. 

Learn about the Synapse Arts - New Works program in a Q&A session with former New Works artists, take an intermediate/advanced workshop with Kristina Fluty, and have young artists try a ballet class. 

All events are free and open to the public. Zoom codes available by registration or request. See event info below for details.

Full schedule and registration details available at www.synapsearts.com.



Schedule Overview

All times CST (Chicago)

12pm-1pm New Works Information Session with past New Works Artists

Ideal for anyone who is interested in how the Synapse Arts - New Works program works, how new performance pieces are made, or intends to apply to the program in the fall of 2020.

Direct Message (DM) Synapse Arts on Facebook to receive the Zoom code

**This session will be live captioned and recorded for later use at your own pace. 


2pm-3pm Phrasebuilding Workshop with Kristina Fluty

Join Kristina Fluty of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and The Theatre School at DePaul University for a quick creative process class. We will build and investigate a long-form phrase of movement. All are welcome though this workshop may be best suited for intermediate/advanced movers.

RSVP required at this link: https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/events/18542-phrasebuilding-workshop-with-kristina-fluty

Zoom code will be sent by automatic email once you register


4pm-5pm Ballet for Young Dancers with Ms. Katie 

Join Synapse Arts’ own Ms. Katie for a fun all-levels ballet class. This class is aimed at students who have participated in Arts Partner Ballet classes at Loyola Park and Berger Park, but all young dancers ages 4-10 are welcome.  

Contact megan@synapsearts.com for the Zoom code



Accessibility and inclusivity notes

Synapse Arts events actively welcome individuals with diverse identities, including all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, income levels, ages, parent/caregiver status, backgrounds, and household structures.


All sessions are relaxed and sensory-friendly. Some Zoom sessions will be captioned and recorded for later use at the user’s own pace.



Selected activities from the original Free Dance Day schedule have been cancelled by the Park District or postponed indefinitely. These cancelled activities include:

All-levels modern dance class with Margi Cole

Synapse Arts’ performance 

Student Troupe performance


All events are free. We hope that you will help us support the hard working artists who are bringing you this event by donating to our Synapse Arts Pandemic Support Campaign. With your help we can reach our goal of $5,000 and pay all of our artists for every single one of our spring events - even those that were cancelled due to COVID-19. Donate at https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/projects/97355-dance-will-keep-us-together-synapse-arts-pandemic-support or at www.synapsearts.com

Please remember:

  • Participate as you please - feel free to join or exit at any time

  • You can attend/watch/participate with or without being seen

  • All spaces support and include womxn and LGBTQIA+ folx

Having trouble? Email Molly at info@synapsearts.com



Full Details and Schedule

New Works program Information Session

Free, ages 18+, via Zoom, Direct Message (DM) Synapse Arts on Facebook for the code


Learn about Synapse Arts - New Works, a choreographic mentorship and commissioning program run by Synapse Arts in an informal setting. Join former New Works artists Chris Knowlton, Maria Blanco (of LOUD BODIES), Amanda Ramirez, Nora Sharp, and Megan Rhyme for a Q&A session in preparation for the fall 2020 call for applications.


Are you curious about the application process? Want to know what support and resources are offered to New Works artists? Have questions about the challenges and triumphs of being in New Works? Converse with former New Works artists and Synapse staff members to answer these questions and more!



Phrasebuilding workshop with Kristina Fluty

Intended for intermediate and advanced movers, ages 18+

Free with required pre-registration: https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/events/18542-phrasebuilding-workshop-with-kristina-fluty


Join Kristina Fluty of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and The Theatre School at DePaul University for a quick creative process class. We will build and investigate a long-form phrase of movement inspired by the fundamentals of Laban/Bartenieff, the Molly Shanahan commitment to spiral, and a Feldenkrais-like idiosyncratic engagement with self and the space. We will start gently with guided and improvisational movement to warm ourselves into larger dancing.


This workshop is free of charge and pre-registration is required. This allows us to send you a Zoom code and support a quality experience for all. Please sign up to save your spot!



Ballet for young dancers with Ms. Katie

For ages 4-10, all levels of experience

Free, contact megan@synapsearts.com for Zoom code


Join Synapse Arts’ own Ms. Katie for a fun ballet class! All young dancers ages 4-10 are welcome, especially students who have participated in Arts Partner Ballet classes at Loyola Park and Berger Park. This fun class will use music and movement to introduce students to classical ballet. The class will include material from Synapse Arts’ beginning and intermediate level ballet classes, such as the five positions, floor and barre work and basic dance combinations. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, such as leotards or leggings, and to use a space in the house where they are free to move safely. Ballet shoes are optional. 



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Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary