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Jarvis Square Artisan Market Will Include Participatory ‘Crosswalk’ Dance Performance This Weekend

Rogers Park's Synapse Art will debut a new Crosswalk Dance for National Dance Day Saturday at the monthly market in Jarvis Square.

The Jarvis Square Artisan Market takes over the new outdoor public space in Rogers Park monthly through November.
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ROGERS PARK — This month’s version of the Rogers Park artisan market will feature a new, participatory dance performance from a local arts studio.

The Jarvis Square Artisan Market will feature a performance of Crosswalk Dance noon-2 p.m. Saturday. Artists from Synapse Arts will perform pop-up dances in the crosswalks near Jarvis Square, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave.

Neighbors and marketgoers will be invited to join in on the dancing, Synapse Arts leaders said in a statement. The performance will start with a “movement warm-up” that’s open to the public. Everyone will then be invited to participate in portions of the performance.

“We’re passionate about the power of dance as a community builder and believe so strongly that dance is for every body regardless of age, gender identity, ability, race, sexual orientation or income,” Synapse co-founder Rachel Damon said in a statement.

The performance will take place during the Jarvis Square Artisan Market that takes over the new outdoor public space in Rogers Park monthly through November.

The Saturday event will also act as a fundraiser for Synapse, a Rogers Park-based performing arts group. A bake sale held at the market will raise money for the group, with a toast and fundraiser also taking place at Jarvis Square Tavern.

Synapse is trying to raise $2,500 to fund its youth dance classes at Loyola Park, Berger Park and Lincoln Park plus free community performances at places such as Howard Street and the Uptown branch of the Chicago Public Library.

For more on the event or to make a donation to Synapse, click here.

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