Sarasota Contemporary Dance provides a variety of physically integrated dance and movement modalities for people in different stages of their lives and abilities.

Our Physically Integrated Dance Program includes Dance for Parkinson's, Dance for Autism, and an ongoing collaborative choreographic process with artists from around the area, the country, and the world who are pushing the boundaries of dance and pushing past their physical challenges.

Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott was the first in Florida to receive a Dance in Healing certificate (now developed as the Dance in Healthcare Certificate Program) from the University of Florida. In 2014 Sarasota Contemporary Dance was awarded the Arts & Cultural Alliance's Leadership Award for Arts in Healthcare.

Dancer Stephanie Bastos rehearsing at New College of Florida at the Charles Ringling Mansion/ Music Hall

Dancer Stephanie Bastos rehearsing at New College of Florida at the Charles Ringling Mansion/ Music Hall

Work in Progress, choreography by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and performed by Stephanie Bastos, who dances with the aid of a prosthetic leg, open their rehearsal to the public this summer for feedback on the new work.

Work in Progress, choreography by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and performed by Stephanie Bastos, who dances with the aid of a prosthetic leg, open their rehearsal to the public this summer for feedback on the new work.

Images above courtesy of Barbara Williams Photography. The work in these images will premiere this December in the Voices Concert 2015. Read more about the artist's history here. Read more about the work here.

Dancing Abroad

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Artistic Director, and dance colleague Dwayne Scheuneman, co-founder and artistic director of REVolutions Dance (http://www.revdance.org), traveled to Ramallah, in the central West Bank, during June 2014. The directors provided professional development, in the area of dance for special needs, to Sareyyet Ramallah Dance teachers and worked with their students with mixed abilities. The two-week training program ended with a performance. To learn more about Sareyyet Ramallah, click here.

 
"Close Quarters" Choreographed by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott Collaboration with Visual Artist Nathan Wilson Premiered in Voices of Fuzión 2014

"Close Quarters" Choreographed by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott
Collaboration with Visual Artist Nathan Wilson
Premiered in Voices of Fuzión 2014

"Propel" Choreographed by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott Premiered in the 7th Season Concert, March 2013

"Propel" Choreographed by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott
Premiered in the 7th Season Concert, March 2013

"Propel" Choreographed by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott Premiered in the 7th Season Concert, March 2013  

"Propel" Choreographed by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott
Premiered in the 7th Season Concert, March 2013

 

Choreographer Leymis Bolaños Wilmott was invited along with the company to "Encuentro de Danza e Integración Latinoamericana" (Conference of Physically Integrative Dance) in Buenos Aries, Argentina, representing the United States in September 2015. Long time friend and guest performer, Stephanie Bastos (pictured above) joined Ms. Bolaños Wilmott for the conference. The international event is hosted by Compañia de Danza Sin Fronteras (Dance Without Borders) a professional dance company based in Argentina. The company advances the concept that dancers of all abilities can perform and create, while bringing dance from the concert stage to everyday spaces.