Sidney Chuckas (he/they) was born in Evanston, Illinois. He learns, creates and educates through his multidisciplinary art practices with a larger mission to dismantle the institutionalized marginalization of minoritized bodies. Dancing since the age of five at Dance Center Evanston, performing principal roles in musical theatre productions at Evanston Township High School, and graduating from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance have all taught Chuckas to utilize his diverse experiences to thoughtfully engage in others’ work while engaging those around him in progressive conversation and change. He has performed works of William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, and Barak Marshall, danced for Brandy, Chance the Rapper, and Paris Jackson, trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey, and The Joffrey Ballet, and has also created his own works for stage and screen. His time at USC also led him to discover his passion for design and he was able to complete his undergraduate studies with a minor in Architecture and receive an academic scholarship to attend the Pratt Institute of Design Master’s of Architecture program. Sidney is honoured to be a part of the Ballet BC community for a second season and is excited to continue feeding his passion for inclusive, collaborative innovation and creativity.