DANCE AND THE LIVING ARTS INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMANCES ● EDUCATION●
SIDAF launched a Lectures and Workshops series under the auspices of our new program, Dance
and the Living Arts International. The Lecture Series are now offered by the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, Longboat Key Education Center, Arts Center Sarasota and, by request, at arts schools, colleges
and associations in Florida and further afield.
we launched "Come Dance with Me." Adult ballet lessons with Robert de Warren.
Come Dance with Me is offered to adults and seniors
at Soul Studios in Sarasota and is available to associations and clubs as a perfectly callibrated workout that is fun,
musical and based on de Warren's long exprience as a recognized Ballet Artistic Director on both sides of the pond.
These two programs have had instant acceptance and success bringing additional
focus to Sarasota's artistic offerings. On retiring in 2007 as artistic director of Sarasota Ballet for thirteen
years Robert de Warren continues his passion for sharing the Art of Dance.
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.
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