Sydney Duncan is a Dallas, TX native. She began dancing at the age of three at Step by Step dance studio in Arlington, TX. Later, she received classical ballet training at Tuzer Ballet School and Texas Ballet Theater School.
During High school, Sydney attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied intensively in voice, alto saxophone, and dance. During the summers she spent her time at summer dance intensives with Atlanta Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Lines Ballet and Texas Ballet Theatre. High School. is also where Sydney fell in love with physics.
After high school, Sydney moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the University of Utah, majoring in both ballet and physics. Duncan had the pleasure of dancing works by Jay Kim, Heather Grey, and NDT's Lesley Telford in addition to choreographing five pieces of her own for the stage. During the summers she spent her time not only dancing at Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, and Oklahoma City Ballet but also at astrophysics internships at The University of Oklahoma and The University of Chicago. While in school, Duncan kept busy with a rigorous schedule of dance classes, rehearsals with Utah Ballet, physics labs, and research. Her own research culminated in her thesis examining the connection between physics and ballet by using equations and kinematics.
Upon graduation, Sydney became the first African-American woman to receive a double major in Ballet Performance and Physics.
Duncan then moved to New York and became a physics lab instructor and tutor at the Boy's Club of New York, all while pursuing professional opportunities in the arts. Performing with her first professional theater company with Pioneer Memorial Theater's production of Will Roger's Follies: A life in Review. She then moved to Dallas, TX where she danced with Avant Chamber Ballet for 2 years. Duncan now lives in NYC where she is pursing a performing career in dancing, singing, acting, and choreographing.t and add your own text.
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