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Are you planning to attend our 15th Birthday Benefit? Have you been thinking about becoming a Monthly Donor?

Special options are available if you purchase your benefit ticket or become a monthly donor by midnight on September 15th.

Purchase a Patron ($150) ticket OR become a Monthly Donor of $25/month or more:

Purchase a VIP ($50) ticket OR become a Monthly Donor of $10/month or more:

Purchase a General ($15) ticket OR become a Monthly Donor of $2/month or more:

Purchase 15th Birthday Benefit tickets here

Become a Monthly Donor here

These options are only available to those who are ticket holders and monthly donors as of midnight on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a ticket or become a monthly donor - you are also eligible for these benefits.

We ask that Monthly Donors receiving these benefits plan to be donors for at least six months. This is not a requirement to receive these benefits, it is a realistic reflection of the costs and staff efforts that go into them. 

Thank you!


15th Birthday Benefit

Celebrate with us!



Toast to 15 years of dance for all ages, identities, and income levels with the staff, board, and artists of Synapse Arts. Enjoy candlelit performances by burlesque dancer Eva la Feva, saucy songs by Matt Griffo, and close-up magic by Stephen Hanthorn. This pirate party also includes:

Costumes are strongly encouraged - pirates of Penzance, the Carribean, Treasure Island, Firefly, and from the pages of history, mer-people, Peter Pan, and more.

Friday October 11, 7pm - 11pm

At Dizzy Cow Candy and Curiosity Shop, 2155 W Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618

Limited tickets are available for this special event. Tickets range from $15 to $150 - get your tickets right now so you don’t miss out!

Your generosity sustains our work. Your ticket is a suggested donation that makes it possible for us to provide free and low cost dance classes, mentorship opportunities, and performances.

Photo of Eva la Feva, sword in hand, by Greg Inda.


Performance at Graceland Cemetery

Sunday, July 28 in the Chapel


This event by Atlas Obscura brings life to the art of esteemed Chicagoans who are buried at Graceland Cemetery. Explore Chicago’s connection to dance and see how the city’s past choreographers have helped shape modern dance today with a performance from Synapse Arts. Synapse’s performance pays homage to the trailblazing ballet dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. The program will be led by Graceland historian Adam Selzer, who will discuss the lives and historic contributions of several film artists and dancers at Graceland.

DATE Sunday, July 28, 2019

TIME 12pm to 1:30pm (optional walking tour starts at 10am)

COST $35, $50 for combination walking tour/event ticket

Advance tickets ONLY - get your tickets HERE

WHERE Graceland Cemetery Chapel, via main entrance at 4001 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60613, United States

Prior to the event, at 10 am, historian Adam Selzer will lead an hour-and-a-half walking tour of Graceland Cemetery. Combination tickets are available for purchase for $50 and include both the tour and the event itself.

More details at

above photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis, featuring Amanda Ramirez, Laura Tennal, and Cat Hepler


Ice Cream Social

Saturday, June 8

1-4pm at Dizzy Cow Candy and Curiosities

2155 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago

All ages are welcome! Join us for:


This fun event supports our low cost dance classes for all ages, abilities, and income levels. 

Your donation at the door (suggested at $20 adults, $10 kids, all donation levels welcome) helps subsidize class fees that range from just $1.40 to $5 per class.


Modern dance classes

Our popular adult modern dance class runs through June 6th. 

All experience levels are welcome, and teachers include Margi Cole, Rachel Damon, and Kristina Fluty


When: Thursdays from 10am to 11am, April 4 through June 9, 2019

Where: Loyola Park, at 1230 W. Greenleaf in Rogers Park

How much: $5 per class as a “drop in” student (cash only please), or register for the 10-week session for just $29 on the Loyola Park website.

Class takes place in the Loyola Park Sky Room on the second floor of the main park building, overlooking Lake Michigan. Please plan to wear comfortable clothes, and socks or bare feet.

Teaching schedule:

April 4 - Margi Cole

April 11 - Rachel Damon

April 18 - Margi Cole

April 25 - Rachel Damon

May 2 - Margi Cole

May 9 - Rachel Damon

May 16 - Rachel Damon

May 23 - Kristina Fluty

May 30 - Rachel Damon

June 6 - Rachel Damon