In/Motion Local Artists Showcase


Sat Feb 22, 2020 | 11AM

In the Underground Theater, basement level of the The Mundelein Center for the Arts at 1020 W. Sheridan Road, on the Loyola University of Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus

$10, tickets HERE

This event is part of the In/Motion International Dance Film Festival. Join us for a session of creative discussion and a look inside the creative processes of two renowned Chicago artists, Rachel Damon and Nora Sharp. 

“Leverage” by Rachel Damon (Artistic Director of Synapse Arts) is a series of mini-dances about making an artistic life, which gives glimpses into the freedoms, tensions, and absurdities that come with running a creative enterprise. Started as a live performance, Damon is working with Aaron Greer to transform “Leverage” into a dance film that brings each viewer inside the piece.

Also on the program is “Family Reunion” by Nora Sharp (Director of People Support for the Fly Honey Show), a project that merges processes of improvisational dance making, documentary film, and queer community building.

above photo: Rachel Damon by Matthew Griffo


Creating dance for the camera

We’re currently transforming one of our performance pieces into a dance film, an entirely new endeavor for all of us at Synapse Arts. 


In “Leverage”, four women trace their bodies with handheld lights, deciding what is concealed and revealed for the viewer. The creative team includes Aaron Greer, Mitch Fowler, Rachel Damon, an amazing crew, and dancers Amanda Ramirez, Dylan Roth, Gretchen Soechting-McGuire, and Laura Tennal.

You can support this project by becoming a monthly donor to Synapse Arts. Sign up by December 31 and we’ll include your name in the credits! Support experimental dance work and see your name on the big screen when we premiere this exciting piece.

We’ll be sharing our progress on this dance for the camera at an In/Motion Dance Film Festival event on February 22, 2020. An afternoon of local artists’ works-in-progress showings and guided discussions will be led by Chicago Tribune Dance Critic Lauren Warnecke. Join us for an afternoon of creative discussion and a look inside artistic processes at Loyola University of Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus.

Find out more at

photos from “Leverage” by Matthew Gregory Hollis


Berger Park Cultural Center - Art Showcase

Saturday Nov 23 and Sunday Nov 24 - 11am to 5pm

6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago

The artists of Berger Park Cultural Center invite you to see dance and theater performances, view visual art, and shop the pottery and jewelry show this weekend. All events are FREE and you are welcome to wander, Open House style. Light refreshments will be served.

DOWNEY MANSION [South Building]
11am - 5pm Jewelry and Ceramics Showcase
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm Children’s Theater Performances (3rd Floor)
GUNDER HOUSE [North Building]
11am - 5pm “Illinois Revisited” Art Show

DOWNEY MANSION [South Building]
11am - 5pm Jewelry and Ceramics Showcase
GUNDER HOUSE [North Building]
11am - 4pm “Illinois Revisited” Art Show

1pm Synapse Arts Dance Performance (excerpts from Light Hand)

1:20pm Chicago Playback Theater Performance
2pm - 4pm Closing reception for Art Show


*Please note that both mansions include stairs to reach the performance spaces. The wheelchair lift in Gunder House is being repaired. The first floor of the Downey Mansion (South building) is accessible.*

photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis


November events



Modern Dance Class Series

intermediate/advanced level, adults age 18+

Thursdays October 3, 10, 17, 24 - 2pm to 3:30pm

at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626


Kristina Fluty leads this intermediate/advanced modern dance class that improves dynamic alignment, increases spatial awareness, and patterns more efficient everyday movement through fun dance phrases. Class will generally begin with developmental movement on the floor and end with traveling through space.

Learn more about acclaimed teacher Kristina Fluty here:

Register by donation

For this class series, your registration fee is a donation to Synapse Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Here is how to register for the session (or pay per class) in advance:

Visit the registration page

$35 for the four week session - select $35 and “one time” donation

$10 per class - select $10 and “one time” or “weekly” and select your end date

Then select Modern Dance Class Series from the dropdown menu.

Payments will also be accepted at each class by cash or credit card, and drop-ins are welcome. The $35 rate for four classes will be available until midnight on October 3rd. Any additional donations will go towards the costs of presenting a class series, including marketing, staff hours, and classroom equipment.


You will find us within the main building of Loyola Park at 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Loyola Park is two blocks east of the Morse Red Line stop, and there is an inexpensive parking lot onsite. Our studio is called the Sky Room on the second floor, which is accessible by stairs or elevator.

Synapse is an Arts Partner in Residence with the Chicago Park District. We present programs and classes at both Loyola Park and Berger Park Cultural Center. 

We look forward to dancing with you!

Photo by Nadia Oussenko