Sydney MacLennan / Featured Dancer
Throughout her life, Sydney has tried a variety of activities and sports, but OneDance has always been home. She has been at OneDance since it opened its doors 12 years ago and has spent countless hours in the studio, lobby, change room, and even behind the front desk.
With OneDance Sydney has received training in many styles of dance including ballet, pas de deux, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre, novelty, lyrical, hip hop, and acrobatics. With her training from the studio Sydney has been able to extend her dance education beyond North Vancouver, dancing at studios in Vancouver such as Vancouver Tap Dance Society and Harbour Dance Centre. At Harbour Sydney took classes from two So You Think You Can Dance Canada finalist Vincent Desjardin and the winner of season two Tara-Jean Popowich. Sydney has also had the opportunity to travel internationally to Chicago, Illinois to dance with renowned choreographer Kate Jablonski in 2012, receiving the Standout Contemporary Dancer Scholarship. Recently Sydney travelled to Montréal, Québec to dance at Ballet de Montréal for a summer intensive.
Sydney has had many moments to shine in her dance career, but also excels academically and in many school activities. Throughout high school Sydney has achieved nothing but As on every report card. She has successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (doing her personal project on the evolution of tap dance) and is currently participating in the IB Diploma Program at Carson Graham secondary. She has received many awards for her dedication to service in the school and community including two Civic Youth Awards for her involvement in Together Against Plastic (TAP) Bottles and not for profit Africa Water Bank. Some of Sydney’s biggest accomplishments were inspired from her two humanitarian trips to developing countries with her Global Initiatives class. In 2012 Sydney went to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico to build a house for three boys and their parents, and in 2013 she traveled to the Dominican Republic, building a house for two key members of a local community and building an addition to a dental clinic. After graduation Sydney hopes to continue to be involved in global issues and will, of course, always find a time to dance.