Sydney Markert

Guest Instructor

Education: BFA summa cum laude in Dance from the University of Arizona, Tucson

Year Joined: 2018

Classes Taught:  Competition Team Intensive: Contemporary, Jazz, Improv, Musical Theater


Sydney began her early dance training in Iowa at Moore Dance and later trained privately with Nancy Overturff in jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and ballet. She studied extensively in ballet and pointe at Iowa Ballet Academy under the direction of Ami Yaro and at Capital City Dance Center as well.

Sydney is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Information Science. Sydney attended Arizona under a Dance Merit Scholarship and Arizona Excellence Scholarship and while in school received the Ralphie Spirit Award as a junior.

Sydney has had the privilege of performing a variety of works by Michael Williams, Amy Earnst, James Clouser, Melissa Lowe, Jory Hancock, Elizabeth George, and Tammy Dyke-Compton. She also performed works by guest choreographers Sherry Zunker and Miguel Perez. During her summers, she studied dance at Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street, Keigwin and Company, DanceWorks Chicago, and River North Dance Chicago.

Since moving to Chicago Sydney performed in Simantikos “Celebration of Chicago Arts” and in Dancenter North’s production of The Nutcracker. Sydney is currently on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio under the direction of Claire Bataille and is teaching around the Chicago metro. Sydney looks forward to sharing her love and joy for dance with all dancers!