Crosswalk Dances returns!

Our popular public performances are cropping up all across the country from September 17th through October 14th, 2020. Though you may know our Crosswalk Dances series as ensemble works, this year you’ll see mostly solo dances through crosswalks in cities across the U.S.A. 


15 artists will be doing live dances and posting clips from their performances. Follow Synapse Arts on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with the dancers and watch their videos!


Sept 17 - Dylan Roth, Chicago, IL

Sept 20 - Steph Anderson, New York City, NY

Sept 21 - Kara Brody, Seattle, WA

Sept 22 - Kait Dessoffy, Chicago, IL

Sept 23 - (NEW date) Nora Sharp, New York City, NY

Sept 25 - Jamila Kekulah Kinney, Chicago, IL

Sept 27 - Rachel Damon, Indianapolis, IN

Sept 29 - Molly Hillson, Chicago, IL

Oct 4 - Cat Miller, Chicago, IL

Oct 6 - Megan Rhyme, Chicago, IL

Oct 7 - Marie Casimir, Oklahoma City, OK

Oct 9 - A. Raheim White, Atlanta, GA

Oct 12 - Laura Tennal and Katie Matteson-Campana, Chicago, IL

Oct 14 - Nadine Lollino, Taos, NM

Dates are also visible on the Synapse Arts Google calendar, at the bottom of the Synapse Arts Events page

Make more dances happen when you donate:

Are you a movement artist who would like to make your own Crosswalk Dance performance and video? Here’s how you do it:

1. Dance in a crosswalk, safely, taking video while you dance (landscape orientation is best, at 720p or 1080p)

2. Post a clip of your video on your social media, tag Synapse, and use these hashtags: #crosswalkdances #synapsearts plus your own.

3. Email to see if a clip from your video can be included in the Crosswalk Dances 2020 compilation video!


Virtual Classes for Kids

Join us for a FREE virtual fall session of classes! Though we cannot hold in-person classes at our normal Park District locations, we encourage students to continue taking classes with us online. The wonderful Ms. Katie will return as our teacher for beginning and intermediate ballet, and we are excited to have Synapse collaborator Tim Tsang teaching our first ever hip hop class.

All classes will be held virtually via Zoom.

Find more information and register for free at this link:


Watch “Strata” on Arts for Illinois

Strata is a “textile dance” by Synapse Arts, currently being featured on the Arts for Illinois website

This 9-minute duet was directed by Rachel Damon and performed by Joan/Chih-Hsien Lin and Matthew McMunn, with music by Matt Griffo and costumes by Jeff Hancock. 

Watch it here:

Arts for Illinois is a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and the broader philanthropic community, co-chaired by Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker and Chicago First Lady Amy Eshleman. The new online platform features talented artists – performers, singers, poets, painters, writers, and many more from across Illinois – who have made their works available for the public’s enjoyment while at home during these challenging times. This platform is a place to connect, express, and inspire. A place for comfort, laughter, and healing among all residents.

Photo by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth courtesy of Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival.


Night Out In the Parks (at home!)

We’re proud to be one the 120 arts partners selected to showcase their work as part of the 8th season of the Chicago Park District’s “Your Night Out at Home.” This year, we’ll be going virtual & performing for you on-demand in your living room, backyards & balconies. Check us out at 

#MyChiParks #YourNightOutAtHome


Help support Chicago’s local artists by checking out our performance of “Weave Trees” at the Chicago Park District’s “Your Night Out At Home” website.

 Keep watching! New performances will be posted weekly at #MyChiParks #YourNightOutAtHome

photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis


Kits for Kids


UPDATE: We did it! Generous donors from across the country helped us reach our goal and have fully funded our fall classes, which will take place online. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort!

Donate to Synapse Arts’ dance education program for kids ages 3 through 11 and receive an activity kit filled with fun toys, treats, games, and more!

As a thank you for donating to Synapse Arts’ educational programs you’ll receive a kit valued at either $25, $50, or $100. 

Kits include:

Find out more and get your kit at Kits for Kids.

Donate securely online at the Kits for Kids page, then pick up your goodies at Dizzy Cow Candy and Curiosity Shop (2155 W Irving Park Road, Chicago) on Saturday, July 11th anytime between 9am and 12pm. We will have curbside pickup - please call 773-706-6187 when you arrive at the store.

Can’t pick up your kit on July 11? No problem! Call Dizzy Cow at 773-706-6187 to arrange another time for pickup.

Thank you!