SYDNEY "ULTRAOMNI" BALOUE is a DJ and producer, an urban geographer and economist, a ballroom historian, and the New York City Chapter Father of the iconic and pioneering House of UltraOmni, one of the original New York ballroom houses founded in 1979. As a Doctoral Student and William Fontaine Fellow in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania his research focuses on the history and evolution of ball/house culture and voguing in New York City and in Europe.
Upon graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, Sydney’s journey began in Europe as a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholar in Berlin where aside from his research on environmental policy he found himself getting deeper in to voguing. After living in Paris and living in London he became an active member of the ballroom community in Europe and in New York City where he has won trophies for categories including “Butch Realness” “Butch Face” and “Old Way.” He was awarded the title, “Man of Distinction” in 2016 at the Status Ball in New York City.
Sydney hosted a radio show on London-based online radio station, Back2BackFM and has DJ'd around the world in Lisbon, Paris and New York. A former resident DJ of TopShop on Oxford Street, he co-founded "English Breakfast London," a voguing platform and clubnight held in East London with his friend Jay Jay Revlon.
SYDNEY resides in Philadelphia.