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The Sarasota International Dance Festival
(SIDAF) established in 2010 and led by renowned ballet luminary, Robert de Warren, is a 501© (3) public charity, which
strives to create enthusiasm for, and education in, the art form of dance. For three years it presented an annual Summer
Pre-Professional Intensive and its Festival of Stars with prominent guest artists, winning national and international recognition.
The Carreño Dance Festival and the Festival of Stars in August 2013 were the third and final events of this cycle.
SIDAF has moved on
and has chosen an exciting New Path, based on research indicating that while there is ample provision for classical ballet
in our county and area, a dearth exists of 21st. century contemporary ballet and modern dance at international
The first step in SIDAF's New Path was the
presentation of LIFTED, An Evening of Contemporary Dance, at Sarasota Opera House on April 15, 2014 in partnership with international
contemporary ballet dancer Drew Jacoby from New York, a principal dancer with the celebrated Netherlands Dance Theater.
Actively involved with the performance
planning with Robert de Warren, Drew Jacoby was introduced as a creative partner for future events and programs. The
star-casted show with performers from the most renowned companies in the dance world drew the audience to its feet with a
standing ovation, and won critical acclaim.