Sydney Erlikh (MSEd) is a doctoral candidate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. She studies dance and disability, and her dissertation is a multi-sited ethnography on inclusive dance companies in South Africa and Finland with dancers with intellectual disabilities. She was selected by the Boren Foundation, the Finlandia Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow, and is a Fulbright Scholar for her dissertation research.
She was co-awarded a 2019-2020 Schweitzer Fellowship, which lead to the creation of the Inclusive Dance Workshop Series at Access Living in Chicago. She was selected as a SeeChicagoDance Critical Writing Fellow in 2020. In 2021 and 2022, she participated in Harvard Mellon School of Theater and Performance Studies Research. Sydney serves on the CounterBalance planning committee and NDEO’s dance and disability task force.