Sidney is from the Wulli Wulli people of central Queensland. He has over 26 years of performing and teaching experience and graduated from the National Aboriginal Skills Development Association (NAISDA) College in 1991.
While studying, Sidney undertook his apprenticeship with the Australian Dance Theatre and started to perform with the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre The Company (AIDT). When he graduated he continued to perform with AIDT for 6 years, 3 of which he was Assistant Director. Sidney danced major roles in the productions Maralji, Colors, Gelam, Asik, Sanctum, Drums of Mer, and Frontier Stories –a collaboration with Side Track Theatre and also appeared in Cockroach Opera – a collaboration with Company B Belvoir.
Sidney joined Bangarra in 1997, and after 15 years as Dancer and Rehearsal Director (2005 and 2009), he stepped down from his full-time performing career to assume the position of Youth Program Director in 2011.
Sidney performed major roles in all of Bangarra’s productions from 1997 to 2011 and also featured in the opening ceremony of the Olympic games Arts Festival, the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.
In 2003, Sidney was nominated for Best Male Dancer in both the Australian Dance Awards and the Deadly Awards. In 2004, Sidney was nominated for a Mo Award for his role in Bangarra’s production of Bush.
In 2006, Sidney performed to critical acclaim in Bangarra’s collaboration with The Australian Ballet, Gathering. This was Sidney’s second collaboration with The Australian Ballet, having danced Rites in Australia (1997) and overseas in the United States (1999), Paris and London (2008).
In 2011 Sidney performed with the Australian Opera in La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, choreographed for the short film “He Say” by Leah Purcell and Performed at the Edinburgh Festival with Leigh Warren and Dancers.
The Courier Mail described Sidney’s dancing as ‘Beautifully sinuous, arching and undulating’.
In his current role, Sidney has mentored the 2012 New South Wales Schools Aboriginal Dance Company and directed/ choreographed the Aboriginal Component for the New South Wales School Spectacular as part of Bangarra’s partnership with the New South Wales Education Department’s Arts Unit.
Throughout Sidney’s career he has performed and taught extensively throughout Australia and internationally in Asia, Canada North and South America, UK, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.