Sydney Adams began her dance studies at the Santa Rosa Ballet School under the direction of Julian Herrin (SFB). She continued her studies at the San Francisco Ballet School and San Francisco Dance Theater, where she became a company member and teacher at age 17. She relocated to New York City in 1980 where she studied with David Howard and his associates Diana Cartier, Douglas Wassell and Nancy Bielski. During her years as a full scholarship student with Mr. Howard, she danced with Diane Coburn Bruning (Manhattan Chamber Ballet) as she created new choreographic works. In addition, she was a principal dancer and ballet mistress for former Joffrey Ballet dancer Darrell Barnett in the creation of his ballet project in NYC. Sydney performed with Garden State Ballet in their Nutcracker and relocated to Richmond, VA as one of the first professional dancers with the Richmond Ballet.
Upon her return to NYC, she worked as a personal assistant to Jerome Robbins, managing his personal and professional business, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, choreographic licensing of his ballets and theater works, and the reconstruction project Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
Relocating to New Orleans to raise three children and later to Mobile, AL, Sydney has worked for 17 years in the Mobile dance community. For 13 years she taught Ballet at Spring Hill College, and as the only dance professional produced full length evenings of her choreography as well as working in collaborative projects with the theater department. In addition, she has choreographed a ballet for Parapluie Dance Company and Mobile Ballet's Company Showcase performance. She has contributed choreography to the This is Christmas Program, Junior Miss talent winners and college audition pieces for her students.
In addition to teaching at LPA, Sydney is a senior teacher at Mobile Ballet where she has taught for 17 years. Her students have been accepted into professional companies including NYCB, colleges, such as SMU and FSU, and prestigious summer programs including San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, Chautaqua and Miami City Ballet. Sydney is also a faculty member at Broadway South, teaches Home School Ballet classes and coaches dancers privately.
Ms. Adams has a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities from New College of California, San Francisco.
Sydney can be reached at
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