Sarasota Contemporary Dance

1400 Boulevard of the Arts Suite #300
Sarasota, FL 34236
1157_640x484.jpg - Dancer Wendy Rucci and Xuan Yang Dancigers
1157_640x484.jpg - Dancer Wendy Rucci and Xuan Yang Dancigers
1158_640x1002.jpg - Artistic Director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott - WCW Cover Story
1158_640x1002.jpg - Artistic Director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott - WCW Cover Story
1159_640x759.jpg - Dancer Jahrel Thompson
1159_640x759.jpg - Dancer Jahrel Thompson
1160_663x480.jpg - Dancers Xuan Yang Dancigers & Hannah Jordan
1160_663x480.jpg - Dancers Xuan Yang Dancigers & Hannah Jordan
6624_640x852.jpg - Photo by: Erica Lindegren Ñ at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6624_640x852.jpg - Photo by: Erica Lindegren Ñ at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6625_640x853.jpg - Photo by: Erica Lindegren Ñ with Caitlin McBobcat and Wendy Chrysanthemum Rucci at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6625_640x853.jpg - Photo by: Erica Lindegren Ñ with Caitlin McBobcat and Wendy Chrysanthemum Rucci at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6626_719x480.jpg - Photo by: Tom Kramer Ñ with Leymis Bolanos Wilmott at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6626_719x480.jpg - Photo by: Tom Kramer Ñ with Leymis Bolanos Wilmott at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6627_640x513.jpg - Photo by: Tom Kramer Ñ with Xiao-xuan Yang Dancigers at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
6627_640x513.jpg - Photo by: Tom Kramer Ñ with Xiao-xuan Yang Dancigers at Sarasota Chalk Festival.
1139_650x480.jpg - Dancer Ben Howe
1139_650x480.jpg - Dancer Ben Howe

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is Sarasota's first professional contemporary dance company.

Our Mission

The mission of Sarasota Contemporary Dance is to bring cutting edge dance of the highest caliber to the community through performance, education, and collaboration.

Our History

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Rachael Inman began working together in Florida State University’s graduate program in 2000. Not only did the two share an Arabic heritage, most importantly, they shared a vision to collaborate, create and celebrate through life experiences. They both spent time developing programming for the FSUdanceSARASOTA initiative, and in 2002 Bolaños Wilmott and Inman founded Fuzión Dance, the first professional contemporary dance company in Sarasota. In 2006, they formed Fuzión Dance Artists as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. After a decade of establishing its presence under the continued Artistic Direction of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Fuzión Dance Artists became Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The organization felt it was time for a change, and under this new name have become a mainstay arts organization in the region.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is recognized for its extraordinary level of high-energy, contemporary dance and collaborative performances with artists of various genres. In addition to a variety of community collaborations and performances at local venues, SCD has also been presented at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance, John F. Kennedy Center, Merce Cunningham Studio Theatre, and the Ailey Citygroup Theatre. The company presents a combination of works by the Artistic Director and Guest Choreographers. Recent Guest Choreographers include Lucy Bowen McCauley, Doug Gillespie, Jennifer Archibald, Michael Foley, Adele Myers, Gerri Houlihan, and Larry Keigwin. Recent collaborations include "SCD+Piazzolla" w/ renowned harpist Ann Pilot, "Carmina Burana" with the Choral Artists of Sarasota, and the premiere of “Jehanne” with the NOW Ensemble. 2018-2019 marks the company's 13th season. Additionally, the company offers a variety of physically integrated dance and movement modalities to people in different stages of their lives and abilities, including an established ongoing weekly Dance for Parkinson's class at the Parkinson Place.

Most recently the company celebrated a milestone with the grand opening of its brand new, state of the art, dance studio - located in the Rosemary District of Downtown Sarasota.

  • Facility Amenities
    • Discounts Available
    • Family-Friendly
    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Tours Available
    • WiFi
  • General Information
    • Days Open
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    • Hours of Operation
      • Mon & Wed. 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Tues & Thurs. 10-11 a.m. Fri. 5:30-8 p.m.