Sidney Chuckas

Evanston, IL

BFA Class of 2021

Where did you train?

Dance Center Evanston.

What inspires you?

Everyone has a unique gift granted to them and a voice to be heard. However, unfortunately society sometimes does not wish to recognize our gifts or hear our voices. It would be selfish of me to not share the gifts I have been given, that society accepts. It would be selfish of me to not help others with the power I hold as a cis gender male. It would be selfish of me to not use the voice I have to help inspire those who are silent that they are valid, beautiful, their voices are being heard and they can be whatever they want to be. This idea inspires me everyday to be kinder than necessary, to be supportive and open-minded, and continue to work hard.

Describe yourself in three words.

Ambitious. Open-Minded. Spirited.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I have two moms that I love and three other adopted siblings of different ethnic backgrounds and identities. You could say we were a diverse family, but that would still be an understatement.

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman?

Acceptance, diversity and inclusion, challenges, hope…. I finally get to be part of something where I get to look around and feel like I’m not alone because I’m different. I grew up in very white schools until high school and with very white friends and there was always the thought in the back of my mind that I was out of place. Stepping into a world where I don’t just get to say “all are welcome”, but “all ARE welcome” means the world to me, and is something I will keep in mind as I work to continue to be open-minded and proud of who I am. Everyone at Kaufman comes from somewhere different and therefore has different and new experiences to share. Hopefully, that kind of community can transform the conservatories of the dance world and beyond. Differences are what give this world color. Nothing is black and white.