AND THE LIVING ARTS INTERNATIONAL
EDUCATION ● PERFORMANCES ● EXHIBITIONS
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."