DANCE AND THE LIVING ARTS INTERNATIONAL (DLAI )
PERFORMANCES ● EDUCATION● EXHIBITIONS
In 2015, SIDAF launched a Lecture and Workshop series under the auspices of our new program, Dance
and the Living Arts International. In 2016/17, we launched "Come Dance with Me."
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.