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ROGERS PARK — A local nonprofit’s annual dance open house will coincide with the unveiling of its dance apparel library at a Rogers Park field house.
Synapse Arts will host Free Dance Day noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. The sixth annual event includes dance classes for kids and adults that are open to the public as well as dance performances, a Halloween party and a Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance-along tutorial.
The open house lets adults and kids try dance classes in a relaxed setting. Classes include an improvisational jam for people 13 and older, ballet and hip hop classes for kids and “seated gyrokinesis” for adults.
A children’s Halloween event will coincide with the dance day. The Boo Bash is 3-5 p.m. at Loyola Park’s gym, and it will include games, treats, a DJ and the “Thriller” dance instruction. Kids are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes.
Saturday’s festivities also include the debut of Synapse Art’s DanceWear Share Library. The library includes new and gently used dance shoes, leotards and other dance apparel and accessories that are free to borrow.
The library, on the main floor of Loyola Park’s field house, is open to the community and works on the honor system. Community members are welcome to donate dance apparel, excluding tights, to the library. Dance Center Evanston and Allegro Dance Boutique donated items to stock the library for its debut.
Founded in 2004, the Rogers Park-based Synapse Arts fosters inclusion in dance and theater by offering classes and performances in schools, parks and other public spaces. Its dance studio is in Loyola Park’s field house.
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