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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 levels.
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