AND THE LIVING ARTS INTERNATIONAL (DLAI)
EDUCATION ● PERFORMANCES ●
The Sarasota Dance Festival, Inc. (SIDAF) was founded
in 2010 by artistic director and choreographer Robert de Warren. SIDAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes
an appreciation and better understanding of the art form of dance through education, performances, and exhibitions. For
three years SIDAF presented an annual summer pre-professional intensive and the Festival of Stars with prominent guest artists.
The Carreño Dance Festival and the Festival of Stars in 2013 were the third and final events of this cycle. Although
there have been ample provisions for classical ballet in our area, a dearth existed in 21st century international contemporary
ballet and modern dance. As a stepping stone towards bringing these forms of dance to the Gulf Coast, in 2014 SIDAF
presented "LIFTED: An Evening of Contemporary Dance," at the Sarasota Opera House. The project was in partnership
with Drew Jacoby, a principal dancer with the celebrated Netherlands Dance Theater. The star-casted show, with performers
from international dance companies, drew the audience to its feet.
In 2015, SIDAF launched a
lecture and workshop series under the auspices of our new program, Dance and the Living Arts International. In 2016, we
launched "Come Dance with Me." In 2017, SIDAF will begin production of "Last Call: The Musical."