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.
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