AND THE LIVING ARTS INTERNATIONAL (DLAI )
PERFORMANCES ● EDUCATION● EXHIBITIONS
In 2015, 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.
In 2016/17, we
launched "Come Dance with Me." Adult ballet lessons with Robert
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.
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.
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