Dance Performances and Workshops to Attend in Sarasota

Sarasota is known for its beaches but it is also the cultural capital of Sarasota.  Sarasota County has a vibrant arts and cultural community with live theater, concerts, ballet, galleries, museums, and even the circus. Dance is certainly no exception.  In fact, Sarasota offers a variety of dance performances and workshops throughout the year catering to diverse interests and skill levels.  Here are some of the best dance offerings the area has to offer:

Sarasota Ballet

The Sarasota Ballet is not only a cornerstone of the Sarasota arts community, but also a significant contributor to the cultural landscape through its performances, educational initiatives, and community programs. Whether you are a ballet enthusiast, a student aspiring to a dance career, or a supporter of the arts, the Sarasota Ballet offers something for everyone.  The Sarasota Ballet not only offers classical and contemporary ballet performances, but educational programs like the Sarasota Ballet School and the Margret Barbieri Conservatory, as well as community engagement programs and special events.  It also offers a summer intensive program that includes rigorous training for various levels.

For more information, please visit their website.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is a dynamic and innovative dance company that plays an important role in the Sarasota arts scene.  In addition to its cutting-edge dance performances, SCD offers a summer intensive program that includes contemporary movement classes, jazz, and rehearsals with SCD Company members and guest artists. It is designed for both emerging and established dancers. They also offer an In-Studio Series which serves as an incubation platform for artists, offering them the chance to present works-in-progress and receive audience feedback.  It provides a nurturing environment for artistic growth.

SCD also offers collaborations and partnerships that foster a connection between the arts and the Sarasota community, as well as an educational outreach program with the goal of making dance accessible to all members of the community, offering workshops and performances in various settings, including schools and community centers. 

For more information, please visit their website.

International Ballet of Florida

The International Ballet of Florida (IBF), based in Sarasota, is renowned for its dedication to classical ballet training and performances.  IBF was established in 2010 by Sergiy Mykhaylov and Darya Fedotova, both former international ballet dancers with extensive backgrounds in the Kyiv State Ballet School and professional ballet companies. Their leadership ensures that the school maintains high standards of classical ballet instruction.

In addition to stage performances that showcase both classical repertoire and new works, IBF offers comprehensive ballet training based on the Vaganova Method, known for its rigor and effectiveness in producing professional dancers.  Programs cater to a wide range of ages and skill levels, from young children to adults. Key offerings include a pre-professional program and adult ballet classes.

IBF’s outreach programs bring ballet education to schools and other community settings, ensuring that the art form is accessible to all.  For more information, please visit their website.

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) is a prestigious institution in Sarasota, Florida, known for its high-caliber ballet training and strong Cuban ballet influence. SCBS was founded in 2011 by Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez, both of whom were trained at the renowned Cuban National Ballet School.  Their extensive professional experience and deep understanding of the Cuban ballet technique shape the school's curriculum and training philosophy.

SCBS offers a comprehensive range of programs for students of all ages and skill levels.  The training is rooted in the Cuban method known for its athleticism, musicality, and expressive quality.  Their pre-professional program is an intense training designed to prepare students for professional ballet careers. It includes daily classes in ballet, pointe, variations, pas de deux, and contemporary dance, along with performance opportunities and participation in competitions.

SCBS also offers adult ballet classes and a children’s program, as well as its renowned summer intensive program which attracts students from around the world.  For more information, please visit their website.

Vision of Dance Studio

Vision of Dance is a notable dance studio in the Greater Sarasota area offering a variety of dance classes and programs for different age groups and skill levels.  It offers classes and programs in ballet, jazz, tap dance, hip hop, and contemporary.  It also offers pre-dance classes for young children.  Special programs include summer intensives, performance opportunities in recitals and local dance competitions, as well as master classes with guest artists and choreographers.

For more information, please visit their website.

Dance All Day, Sleep Peacefully at Night

Sarasota offers many opportunities to learn how to dance.  Of course, any dancer will tell you that a good night’s sleep is vital for their performance.  If you are planning a stay to in the Sarasota area, consider The Inn on Siesta Key.  It is just steps away from beautiful Siesta Key Beach, but the perfect tranquil spot to rest and relax for the night.

So go ahead, play all day.  Your comfy, quiet room will be waiting for you when you get back.

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