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En Pointe: Exploring the Artistic Eminence & Elegance of The Sarasota Ballet

With a rich legacy steeped in passion, precision and a global reputation that precedes it, The Sarasota Ballet is one of America’s leading Ballet companies.

From enchanting audiences with rare ballet gems to pioneering digital innovation in the face of adversity, The Sarasota Ballet continues to redefine the boundaries of artistic expression and the power of dance—on and off the stage.  

Behind the Curtain: National & International Reputation

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The Sarasota Ballet is revered both nationally and internationally for its diversity of movement and dedication to excellence. And it’s easy to see why. The Company’s commitment to captivate emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance has not wavered since its inception in 1987.

Founded by Jean Weidner Goldstein as a presenting organization, The Sarasota Ballet became a full resident ballet company in 1990 with the appointment of the Company’s first Director, Montreal-based choreographer Eddy Toussaint.

After Toussaint, Robert de Warren, the former Director of Ballet at Teatro alla Scala Milan and Northern Ballet, assumed the role of Artistic Director for 13 years. During his tenure, de Warren choreographed 24 ballets, including works like Madam Butterfly and Last Call: The Dance.

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By 2007, Iain Webb would take the helm as Director following de Warren’s retirement. That first Season would revolutionize The Sarasota Ballet and set the Company on a path to both national and international recognition. Heavily inspired by his career with The Royal Ballet and combined with his close personal relationships with some of the biggest names in the dance world, Webb has brought extraordinary ballets to the Sarasota stage by some of the great choreographers of the 20th century. Together with his wife and Assistant Director, Margaret Barbieri, Webb has introduced over 180 new ballets into the repertoire.

From Stage to Screen: 2020-2021 Digital Season

Amidst unprecedented times, The Sarasota Ballet seamlessly transitioned into the digital realm, captivating thousands of audience members across 30 countries during its 2020-2021 "Digital Season." Through virtual performances, the Company extended its reach far beyond geographical boundaries, embodying a commitment to accessibility and innovation, ensuring that the beauty of ballet transcends physical limitations.

International Touring: London 2024

In a historic milestone, The Sarasota Ballet proudly announced its inaugural international tour to London, gracing the esteemed stage of The Royal Opera House. This momentous occasion comes as a result of an invitation extended by none other than Kevin O’Hare, the visionary director of The Royal Ballet, marking a significant testament to the Company's global impact and acclaim.

Ways to Experience The Sarasota Ballet

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Through the Lens Videos: 

Peek behind the curtain and unravel the magic of ballet with exclusive content through The Sarasota Ballet’s YouTube channel, Through the Lens. The immersive video series offers a glimpse into the dedication and master artistry of the Company with behind-the-scenes access to performances and insightful interviews.

Educational & Community Programs: 

Ignite your child’s passion for dance through the Company’s array of dance training and educational programs—catering to all levels of experience and children ages 3 and above at The Sarasota Ballet School. The dance studio, conveniently located in the heart of the Rosemary District on the outskirts of downtown Sarasota, teaches the internationally recognized American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum.

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For a fun summer experience, have your child join their Summer Camp Programs, nurturing budding dancers ages 3-8 years and inspiring a love for the arts. For adults already with a love of the arts, The Sarasota Ballet also offers its Adult Program, a continuing education program for adults of all ages and skill level—from drop-in classes to workshops and special opportunities with the Company.

Support and Membership: 

Gifts at any level—whether individual or institutional—help bring world-class performances to the stage and accessible arts education/programming to the community.

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Additionally, you can join the vibrant community of The Friends of the Sarasota Ballet, where longtime enthusiasts become patrons, volunteers or donors—contributing to the flourishing dance scene while enjoying exclusive events and interactions with esteemed artists.

Live Performances: 

Renowned for its diverse repertoire, including seldom-performed ballets, the Company continues to captivate audiences (in Sarasota and beyond) with each mesmerizing performance season after season.

Be spellbound by captivating live performances at iconic venues such as the Sarasota Opera House, the Van Wezel, and the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Ready to become part of the audience?

Grace in Motion: Catch the 2024 Season 

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Though much of the 2023-2024 Season is underway, there is still time to catch some of the remaining programs of the Season. Grab tickets to Portraits of Expression, April 5-6, 2024 at the historic Sarasota Opera House, featuring Balanchine’s Emeralds, Who Cares?, and MacMillan’s Las Hermanas. The final program, Inspirations, will be held April 26-27, featuring Wheeldon’s The American, Lang’s Lyric Pieces, and Ashton’s Sinfoniettaalso at the Sarasota Opera House.

And this fall/winter, prepare to be swept away by the enchantment of the highly anticipated upcoming 2024-2025 Season—promising a breathtaking mix of timeless classics, world premieres and new repertoire works for The Sarasota Ballet.