The Sarasota Ballet will Publish a Bimonthly E-magazine
The first issue of The Sarasota Ballet’s new e-magazine will be published on Oct. 7
The Sarasota Ballet announced today that they will be publishing an online Company magazine, Footlights. Featuring exclusive articles on the Company and The Sarasota Ballet community, the first issue of the bimonthly magazine is scheduled for release on Oct 7.
Named after the light traditionally placed at the front of a stage, Footlights will offer ballet enthusiasts, regardless of their experience, the opportunity to enhance their understanding and love of dance. Giving patrons and supporters of The Sarasota Ballet an all access pass into what happens beyond the footlights, this new magazine is proof that The Sarasota Ballet aims to connect on a more personal level with their supporters.
“Our online magazine is a fantastic opportunity for patrons to see a different side of our Company, along with the world of ballet,” says Mary Anne Servian, managing director for The Sarasota Ballet.
Contributing authors for the magazine will include members of the administrative team, volunteers from The Friends of The Sarasota Ballet and three company members; Samantha Benoit, Kirsten Conrad and Daniel Pratt. All members of the corps de ballet for The Sarasota Ballet will also write for the publication.
“The dancers I have are an incredible group of people, they inspire me every day. Being able to offer them this outlet for creative expression while providing them with real-world professional experience is so important,” Director of The Sarasota Ballet, Iain Webb, said. “Samantha, Kirsten and Daniel have a lot to offer Footlights and I am sure our readers will enjoy their articles.”
The first issue contains over 15 articles including an excerpt that recaps The Sarasota Ballet’s visit to The Ballet Russes & Diaghilev exhibit during their trip to Washington, DC for Ballet Across America III. Other articles include donor spotlights, a series featuring A Day in the Life of a Dancer and much more.
The previously titled Arabesque, a publication created by The Friends of The Sarasota Ballet, will be rebranded as Friends’ Footlights and incorporated into the new publication, revitalizing the previous version.
“We are so excited for everyone to read the fantastic articles written by our dancers,” says Servian. “It really is amazing, the wealth of talent we have at The Sarasota Ballet.”
The first issue of Footlights will be available on The Sarasota Ballet’s website the morning of Oct. 7.
About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990 The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company, has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Hans van Manen, Andre Prokovsky, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne. Receiving national and international recognition for their diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, The Sarasota Ballet was recently noted by Sarah Kaufman, a dance critic for The Washington Post to be “…the jewel of this year’s ‘Ballet Across America,’” a 2013 showcase of the best ballet companies from across the nation. For more information, please visit or call (941) 359-0099.
About The Ashton Festival
The 2014 Ashton Festival is being staged by The Sarasota Ballet to honor the life and works of the Royal Ballet’s founding choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton (1909-88). As one of ballet’s most notable choreographers, Ashton has been a lead influence for The Sarasota Ballet’s repertoire since 2007, with the Company presenting more Ashton ballets each season than any other American troupe. A dance and theatre critic for the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay, noted “…The Sarasota Ballet has suddenly become America’s foremost exponent of Ashton ballets.” Held in Sarasota, Florida, the four day celebration spans from April 30th to May 3rd, and will feature lectures, demonstrations and an eclectic grouping of 11 Ashton ballets performed by The Sarasota Ballet.