Free Dance Day 2021
Thursday, October 14th 10:00am-6:00pm
At Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. Chicago, IL 60626
All ages, bodies, and minds welcome - please see access and inclusion notes below
*Pre-registration required for classes*
Join Synapse Arts for a full day of FREE dance classes and performances at Loyola Park! Visit Synapse's home studio as an Arts Partner in Residence with the Chicago Park District to take beginning or intermediate/advanced modern dance classes, bring kids to try a hip hop class, and watch informal performances by professional dancers from New Works and Mural Dances 2021.
Due to COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, RSVPs will be required for classes as strict capacities will be in place. Please reserve your free space by completing a registration on this page. If a class is full, please email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.
All times CDT
10:00-11:00am: Adult beginning modern with Jordan Reinwald in the Sky Room, ages 18+, registration required
11:10am: New Works performance by Rahila Coats on the beach, all ages (no pre-registration required), approximately 15 minutes
3:00-4:15pm: Intermediate/Advanced Phrasebuilding class with Kristina Fluty in the Sky Room, ages 18+, registration required
4:30-5:25pm: Beginning Youth Hip Hop with Tim Tsang in the Sky Room, ages 7-12, registration required
5:35pm: Mural Dances performance directed by Tim Tsang and Kara Roseborough, at outdoor locations in the park (see Access Notes for full info), all ages (no pre-registration required), approximately 18 minutes
Please note: classes will take place indoors, fully masked, with reduced capacity. Per Chicago Park District policy, only fully vaccinated individuals will be permitted into class, with proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
In compliance with the City of Chicago and Chicago Park District guidelines, we are asking all attendees to any Free Dance Day Events to adhere to the following:
Stay home if sick or having symptoms of COVID-19
Provide proof of full vaccination for designated classes for students age 12 and up
Universal and correct use of well-fitted masks that cover the nose and mouth
Maintain physical distancing
Hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes
Access and Inclusion notes
Synapse Arts events actively welcome individuals with diverse identities, including all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, income levels, ages, parent/caregiver statuses, backgrounds, and household structures.
All bodies and minds are welcome at all classes and events, please note that proof of vaccination is required for indoor classes. For outdoor performances we are able to welcome people who are unable to be vaccinated. Vaccination status will not be checked for outdoor performances, though masks and social distancing are recommended.
Classes are on the second floor in a large room with one wall of windows and one wall of mirrors. The second floor can be reached by elevator or two flights of wide stairs with railings.
Bathrooms are available on the 1st and 2nd floors. Synapse spaces are welcoming of all genders, however the building’s bathrooms are labeled and separated by binary genders.
All Synapse Arts events are relaxed and sensory-friendly. For sensory considerations, the Sky Room does have fluorescent lighting overhead. We don’t plan to turn them on, however if the natural light isn’t enough, we may use the fluorescents. There is a wall of windows that we may open to allow for airflow. Some classes and events will have a photographer and/or videographer present. Please refrain from wearing or using products with strong scents in the studio.
You are welcome to watch or leave the class at any time. Chairs will be available along the sides of the studio and in the lobby with a view of class through glass doors.
There is no dress code, please wear clothes you can move comfortably in. This can include soft soled dance shoes or socks or bare feet. Hip Hop class can be done in sneakers.
What we can provide - amplified voices for teachers, ASL interpretation (please request this by checking the box during registration), large print transcripts and/or outlines, audio description for Rahila’s performance.
What we can’t provide - live captions, assurance against fluorescent lighting, total privacy or quiet (all spaces are shared and some fully public).
Other access features may be available. Please email Molly at email@example.com.
Beginning Adult Modern at 10am with Jordan Reinwald - This class will include a floor based warmup and a led improvisational experience to help students find their embodiment. Students will spend the second half of class learning and practicing a repeatable modern phrase. Open to new movers and/or those returning to movement class. Ages 18+
Rahila Coats' performance at 11:10am - outside on the beach, more details to be announced
Intermediate/Advanced Phrasebuilding Workshop at 3pm with Kristina Fluty - After coming together to briefly warm the tissues and introduce ourselves to each other, we will build one long phrase of movement to repeat and explore. This class is intended for intermediate and advanced dancers. Ages 18+
Beginning Hip Hop at 4:30pm with Tim Tsang - ages 7-12, more details to be announced
Mural Dances performance at 5:35pm - outside in the park, co-directed by Kara Roseborough and Tim Tsang, featuring dancers Isabelle Taylor, Chartamia "Shay" Turner, and Kara Roseborough, more details to be announced
Photo credits: upper left - Kristina Fluty teaching, photo by Nadia Oussenko, upper right - Mural Dances performance, photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis, lower left - Rahila Coats performing, screenshot from video, lower right - previous Free Dance Day class, photo by Matt Griffo