Introducing Azara Ballet


Dance is our language.

While we are just in the beginning stages of creating this company, those of us who are already involved all have one thing in common. Through the art of dance we express ourselves, we communicate our feelings and we connect with others. Dance is what we live for.


At Azara Ballet, we know that when implemented in a positive environment, dance has the power to transform all of our lives for the better. Whether you're an active participant, a dancer, a student, or a viewer enjoying the show, we hope that you will be moved by the freedom and joy that dance brings.


Azara Ballet is a brand new, non-profit professional dance company creating classical and contemporary works of art to be enjoyed by the Sarasota/Manatee community with a focus on body positivity, neurodivergent inclusion. 


The name came from our findings about the origins of Sarasota. We found a map from the 1700's where the city was called Zara Zota and the loose translation was "a place of dancing"! We knew we wanted our name to reflect us and be unique in nature. So we moved some letters around and came up with Azara; which will most certainly be a place of dancing.


Bringing dance to communities in need through education and performance is something we are deeply passionate about and will always prioritize.  We believe that true change in the world starts from within which is why we are placing an emphasis on the internal practices of our own organization and the treatment of our staff with equality, inclusivity and altruism being our guiding principles.

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