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


New Works tickets

Synapse Arts - New Works brings together fresh voices for an evening of creative performances in an intimate venue. See a compelling evening of original pieces by LOUD BODIES (Maria Blanco and Yariana Baralt Torres), Amanda Ramirez, Nora Sharp, and Synapse Director Rachel Damon. 

Purchase your ticket online HERE


The culminating concerts of the New Works program will be:
April 18* and 19, 2019
at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater

3035 N Hoyne, Chicago, IL, 60618
Space is limited; performances will sell out. Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.

A portion of all ticket sales will go directly to the artists.

The box office will open at 7pm each night.

*ASL interpretation will be offered at the Thursday, April 18th show. We regret that the Hamlin Park Theater space is not wheelchair accessible. Audiences must travel up 2 flights of stairs. 

**Please note: this performance includes adult themes, and some performers will be partially clothed. There will NOT be nudity nor profanity.

Tickets are available at three levels:
Student/Senior/Low Income - $10 (performance only)
General Admission - $20 (performance only)
Cheese, chocolate, and conversation - $30 in advance, $40 at the door (performance PLUS an intermission party with complimentary refreshments, and an opportunity to meet the artists!)

Upgraded tickets for the intermission party may be purchased at the door with an additional donation.

LOUD BODIES’ piece explores ideas of sexuality and what it means to be a sexual being. Their research blends identity, sexuality, gender, and investigates how society chooses to perceive it. The work promotes authenticity and individual sexual expression.
Featuring Dee Alaba, Phoebe Coakley, Camila Rivero Pooley, Marceia Scruggs

Amanda Ramirez - “The Three Vacillations”
The Three Vacillations is a dance piece exploring the ideas and environments surrounding the concept of choice, decision, or lack thereof.
Featuring Kimberly Baker, Hayley Barker, Monica Carrow, Christina Chammas, Kaitlyn Dessoffy, Jordan Kunkel

Nora Sharp - “Family Portrait”
“Family Portrait” is a space for gender expansive people to be together and to amplify each other through generous witness, opening to difference as much as solidarity.
Featuring ALEXA GRÆ, Christina Chammas, Doreen Vanunu, Maliyah Londyn Arnold, Robin Lee

Rachel Damon - “Leverage”
A series of episodic dances in which four performers use handheld lamps to reveal moments of leverage. Cropping up throughout the concert, these short episodes include comedic moments, striking visuals, and unique uses of the theater space to shed light on the making of an artistic life while facing embodied challenges.
Featuring Amanda Ramirez, Dylan Roth, Gretchen Soechting, Laura Tennal

photos (left to right): F Stop Photography, Emma Petersen, Naomi Ishisaka


New Works Open Rehearsals

You’re invited!

The New Works artists are diligently building their fresh, inspiring pieces. As part of the creative process, we are opening the doors to the studio and inviting viewers to give feedback. 

These free, casual sessions not only give you special insight, they help the artists shape their work and their career trajectories. 

For more information, follow the artists on social media or check their websites: LOUD BODIES, Amanda Ramirez, Nora Sharp


photo of Laura Tennal by William Frederking