Sydney Farrell was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She began studying ballet in Lancaster, Pennsylvania under Ina Theobald, a member of the famed Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. In 1980, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and continued her studies at the Charlotte School of Ballet. Sydney was a member of the Chapel Hill Ballet Company from 1983-1986 after which she returned to Charlotte to dance under Claudia Folts and Beverly Barwick at the Charlotte City Ballet Company until 1997. During this time, she also performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Louisville Ballet where she served as children’s ballet mistress for the Charlotte cast of Louisville Ballet’s production of Cinderella. Sydney began her teaching career at the Charlotte City Ballet School in 1985 and joined the staff of Sullivan Dance Centre in 2004. In 2009 she joined the faculty of St. Martin’s Episcopal Preschool where she teaches in the two year old classroom.