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Lucas Greeff and Berger Park students by Colectivo Multipolar

Join us to celebrate the new leadership roles of Megan Rhyme and Katie Matteson Campana at Synapse Arts!

Megan and Katie are both passionate about dance and arts education.

Help us reach our goal of $2000 to provide affordable high quality dance classes to over 240 Chicago students.

Chartamia Turner and Lincoln Park students by Megan Rhyme

Megan first worked with Synapse in 2012 as a New Works artist and over the past 10 years has performed as a dancer, taught as a teaching artist, and worked as a staff member. She is delighted to begin her new position with the company as the Director of Education and Development.

Katie has been with Synapse since 2007 when she first performed as a dancer in “Grove of Uncatchables.” In the many years since, she has been a performer, teaching artist, and core member of the company and is thrilled to be giving back to Synapse as an Artist Representative Board Member.

Here’s what they have to say about why they love Synapse:

“Synapse exemplifies the kind of community I want to be a part of: creative, caring, and human-centered. Synapse has given me the chance to grow as a leader and I’m excited about my new position so I can give all our students the chance to grow as dancers and artists.” - Megan

“Synapse is a home for everyone to feel comfortable, dance and feel heard. Dancing and teaching with the Synapse students through the years has been far beyond rewarding for me.” - Katie

Lincoln Park students by Megan Rhyme

For 19 years Synapse has produced dance performances and taught students throughout Chicago. We partner with the Chicago Park District to provide affordable dance classes to Chicago students - some as low as $1.80 per class.


What makes dance classes with Synapse Arts special?

  • Classes are low cost (or free) so high-quality arts education can be available to people of all income levels
  • We encourage students to express themselves in multiple ways to build respect for self and others without inhibiting choices and individual identities
  • We provide differentiated instruction to accommodate the needs of different students and promote an actively accepting culture
  • We prioritize creative expression, providing opportunities for student choice during classes and programs as well as opportunities for students to perform
  • We believe that students of all ages have their own voice and deserve to be listened to

When you donate to support these classes, you’re not just supporting arts education, you’re supporting dance as it should be - an art form that is for every body, at every income level.

Join us in celebrating the joy of dance for young students across Chicago - donate today!

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