Sydney Burtis has been a part of the DanceWear Corner family for many years. In 2014 she was an ambassador for us and since that time she has accomplished many things.
It’s obvious to anyone who has seen her tap that dance is Sydney Burtis’ passion. However, in many ways, dance has also become a form of therapy for her as well. It has helped her find her voice, both inside and outside the studio. Sydney has been dancing since the age of 3 to help improve her communication skills and help her overcome her shyness, but she didn’t find her deep-seated connection to dance until the following year when she started taking tap. Over time, Sydney added jazz and contemporary to her repertoire and slowly began to develop the confidence to compete. It was not long before she became a regular on the competition circuit even going so far as receiving recognition and awards for ere technical ability and artistry. Last January, she was named a YoungArts finalist in tap dance and a silver award recipient.
We caught up with her and wanted to know a bit more about what she has been up to.
What has been the most exciting thing to happen in your dance career so far?
I have been incredibly blessed with the opportunities I have been given in my dance career thus far. I cannot choose just one, but a few of my most life-changing experiences have been National YoungArts Week 2017, the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program 2017, and the National Broadway Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical! I am forever grateful for the memories I made at all three of these events, and I would not trade them for the world.
What is your favorite dance class to take?
Tap dance will forever be my greatest passion, although contemporary definitely comes in second!
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would probably be tap dancing in my extra time (because what else would I be doing?)
What’s your favorite piece of dance clothing you own/ owned?
My Capezio K360 tap shoes (in both dark purple and lime green)! I could not live without my shoes!
What songs do you have completely memorized?
Every piece of music that I have performed solo work too, I have completely memorized. When I am learning/working on a piece, I try to learn every aspect of the song so I am able to match the tonality of the music and the story that is being portrayed.
Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Ed Sheeran is definitely my favorite musical artist, as I think what he creates without a band to back him up is absolutely brilliant. Some other artists I turn towards include Khalid, Leela James, Oscar Peterson, and anything off of the Greatest Showman soundtrack.
You can pick up a phone and talk to your number one dance idol -living or dead- but you can only ask them three questions. What are the three questions you would ask them? Why?
The person I would call would be Dr. Bunny Briggs, historical tap dance master because he has been my inspiration for as long as I can remember. It is incredibly difficult to think of three questions, as this would be such a rare moment, but I believe they would be: 1) What is the intention behind your focus when you are dancing and performing? 2) What was your experience like on Black and Blue? 3) How do you feel the instruments found in a jazz trio (including the horn section) affect your music and tonality?
What do you like doing besides dancing?
I enjoy spending time with my family at home and going to theme parks with friends! If I am traveling somewhere, I also enjoy exploring my surroundings with the company I am with!
If you could perform a duet with any dancer who would it be and why?
If I had to choose one dancer, it would have to be Michelle Dorrance. Of the dancers alive today, I feel that my dancing resonates most with her and what she represents. Michelle is also one of my closest mentors so it would be an absolute honor to share the stage with her.
Rapid fire This or that Questions
Dog or cat?
Cat (I love dogs though!)
Netflix or YouTube?
Netflix, because Friends and Grey’s Anatomy are my obsessions!
Phone Call or Text?
Is FaceTime an option?
Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?
Ice Cream Cone, especially if it’s Ben & Jerry’s!
Cake or Pie?
Watching a movie at home or in the theater?
In the theater! I love the experience.
Sneakers or Sandals?
I live in my Nike sneakers!
Tablet or Computer?
While watching a movie: Candy or Popcorn?
~ Why not both! 🙂
Now Sydney is in the running to be on the Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine!
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