Leymis Bolaños Wilmott is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Recently featured in Sarasota Scene Magazine’s Arts & Cultural Issue: Ladies of the Arts, Leymis has been the recipient of numerous artistic achievement and leadership awards throughout her career. She 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. Her 80+ dance works have included collaborations with artists and organizations of various disciplines: Sarasota Orchestra, Choral Artists of Sarasota, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, Asolo Rep, Salvador Dalí Museum, Kaleidoscope, John and Mable Ringling Museum, Art Center of Sarasota, Stephen Miles of New Music New College, composer Eduard Cosla, percussionist Scott Blum, Mark Dancigers of NOW Ensemble, and the multi-talented Francis Schwartz. Her works have been performed nationally at the John F. Kennedy Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, Colony Theater and Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, and internationally in Ramallah, Argentina, and Spain.
Leymis pioneered the Dance and Healing certificate at University of Florida and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. Her research in 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, now Sarasota Contemporary Dance.
Leymis is a professor of dance at New College of Florida, a certified Pilates instructor, and the Lead Dance Instructor at Parkinson’s Place since 2012. She served as Vice President of the Florida Dance Association from 2013-2017, is a member of the Arts and Health Coalition, and is the most sought-after collaborator in SRQ and Tampa Bay. Her most precious honor, however, is being married to her husband, Kavin, and mother of eight-year-old Charles Edward and two-year-old Valda Elizabeth.