Leymis Bolaños Wilmott has been Artistic Director for Sarasota Contemporary Dance since its inception in 2006. Recently featured on The Scene’s Magazine Arts & Cultural Issue Ladies of the Arts, she has been recipient of numerous artistic achievement and leadership awards throughout her career. Wilmott received the esteemed Dance Magazine award for Southeast Best Choreographer and was listed in Sarasota Magazine as one of the Top 28 Most Powerful People in the Arts. In 2014, Wilmott was selected to travel to Ramallah to teach physically-integrated choreography and perform alongside colleague, Dwayne Scheuneman, Artistic Director of REVolutions Dance. In the following year she was invited to share physically-integrated dance and choreography in Argentina with Stephanie Bastos, who dances with the aid of a prosthetic leg. Locally, she is committed to sharing her love of the art form through her work with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, Kaleidoscope, St. Petersburg College, Booker High School VPA, and many area schools. Wilmott’s choreographic influences reside mostly in her collaborations. Her dance works as many as 80 are highly collaborative with artists of various disciplines including Stephen Miles of New Music New College, The Salvador Dalí Museum, composer Edward Cosla, percussionist Scott Blum, and renowned composer and multi-talented musician, Francis Schwartz. In addition to the work she does locally, her work has been performed nationally at the John F. Kennedy Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, Colony Theater and Jackie Gleason in Miami, as well as numerous other theaters and festivals throughout the country.
Ms. Wilmott was the first in the state to receive a certificate in Dance and Healing from the University of Florida and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Performance/Choreography from The Florida State University. Her deep love for dance as a healing art form and its ability to harness and foster community building came to fruition in 2006 when she and Rachael Inman founded Fuzión Dance Artists, (renamed in 2015, Sarasota Contemporary Dance). She continues to be passionate about dance education and serves as a Teaching Artist with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and Manatee County Schools. Wilmott is a Professor of Dance at New College of Florida, a certified Pilates Instructor, and lead dance instructor at Parkinson’s Place. She currently serves as Vice President of the Florida Dance Association and is a member of the Arts and Health Coalition. Her most precious honor is being married to her husband, Kavin and mother to seven year-old, Charles Edward and one-year old, Valda Elizabeth.