Dancers selected for international competition

Two dancers from the Geneva-based State Street Dance Studio were selected to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix, one of the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competitions that awards more than $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide.

Chanti Max, 11, of Batavia, recently competed in the Indianapolis, Ind., competition, which took place Feb. 14 through 16, and won the Hope Award – the overall award in her division. Max will now move onto the finals in April in New York.

Emma Sidari, 12, of St. Charles, will compete in the Chicago competition on Friday, Feb. 28.
The mission of the Grand Prix is to provide educational and professional opportunities to young dancers, and act as a stepping stone to a professional dance career, according to the competition website. The competition is for dancers ages 9 to 19 years old. Dancers compete in ballet and contemporary styles of dance. 

Max and Sidari were both hand selected from many potential dancers from the studio, according to a news release. Both dancers have the opportunity, if selected and given an invitation, to travel to New York to further their training as dancers.

For more info on the Grand Prix, visit For more information about State Street Dance Studio, call 630-232-0444 or visit