The Sarasota International Dance Festival (SIDAF) has launched two multi-media lecture series devoted to the history of dance, spanning the 16th through the 21st centuries: From Crinolines and Heels to Tutus on Pointe and From Tutus and Pointe to Barefoot on Stage

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The Sarasota International Dance Festival (SIDAF) has launched two multi-media lecture series devoted to the history of dance, spanning the 16th through the 21st centuries:  From Crinolines and Heels to Tutus on Pointe and From Tutus and Pointe to Barefoot on Stage.


The series was created by Robert de Warren, CEO and President of SIDAF, who is  known for his distinguished global career, first as an artist with The Royal Ballet, followed by the position of  artistic director of the National Ballet of Iran, the Northern Ballet Theatre in the United Kingdom, and La Scala in Milan – before leading the Sarasota Ballet for more than a dozen years.


De Warren’s ample knowledge of the history of dance, coupled with personal experiences with some of the greatest artists of our time, prompted ballerina Julie Kent of American Ballet Theatre to describe his talent: “Robert de Warren is a wonderful, charismatic voice from the dance world, who delivers our history with great style and panache!”


From Crinolines and Heels to Tutus on Pointe includes six individual lectures tracing the birth of ballet from the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries through the 19th century when the Imperial Russian Ballet created masterpieces that are still performed today, and produced Russian stars who would conquer the world of ballet.


From Tutus and Pointe to Barefoot on Stage includes six individual lectures documenting dance in the 20th and 21st centuries focusing on European ballet through the new classicism – to the bridge of contemporary dance as a composite art with broadening horizons.


Each lecture in both series is being made available on an individual basis to dance schools, college and university dance departments, high schools, museums, cultural organizations, and adult education centers. The lectures are also available as a complete series.


Robert de Warren has given lectures and multimedia presentations at a wide variety of cultural and educational centers throughout the United State and abroad, including, Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City; the International Folk Festival in  Antalya, Turkey; the Toos Foundation in London; the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation in San Francisco; the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK; the Dance Department of Florida State University in Tallahassee; and the first Persian Ethnic Dance Conference, San Francisco, and the Second International Iranian Dance Conference in  Cambridge, Massachusetts.


“Mr. de Warren stole the audiences’ heart and inspired them. His expertise, gracious delivery and incredible knowledge made the events personal and relevant to today,” commented Susan Olson, Dean of Dance of the Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida, following Robert de Warren’s presentation to the entire student body in September 2015.


Upcoming lecture programs will be presented at the Lifelong Learning Academy at the University of South Florida, Sarasota, October 12 to November 16, 2015, and January 11 to February 22, 2016, as well as at Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, on October 30-31, 2015, and from February 8-13, 2016.


SIDAF is a nonprofit organization founded by Robert de Warren in 2010 to promote an appreciation and better understanding of the art form of dance.  This is achieved through educational programs, performances, and exhibitions.


For additional information about the lecture series or to book individual lectures or a complete series, contact Caroll Michels at: 941.922.5277   – [email protected].


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