Sarasota Contemporary Dance 10th Anniversary Timeline


Fuzión explores the passions of contemporary dance to positively impact audiences through eclectic performances and outreach programs.


Leymis Bolanos Wilmott and Rachael Inman create their MFA dance project at FSU, described as “traditional and cutting edge”

November 2002 – The Red Tent, a dance concert


Aftermath: written following 9/11 and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

A Suite of Three:  Rachael premiered her first aerial piece

Leymis: guest artist at FCC Jacksonville and performed at the Spring Dance Concert


Girl Power at Girls Inc.

May 2004: Faces of Women

New Grounds concert Tampa (also 2005, 2006)


Fuzión was incorporated and the Board formed

Janurary 2006: First Arts Day

Fuzión Dance Artists: One Breath, Sarasota/Bradenton’s First Contemporary Dance Co.

June 2006: Linkage Florida Dance FestivalMiami Herald described it as a fast-paced high energy show

Arts Council of Manatee County

Just Girls -  Momentum

SRQ Hot List Party special performance September 23, 2006

Arts Council Arts AwardsLinkage performance

Reverb Festival

...using movement to express desires and struggles of the human spirit.


Sarasota Arts Day

March: Historic Asolo Theater Winter Show – Premier ConcertSRQ’s first contemporary dance

August: Upper Manhattan Arts Project – Stepping towards Peace and Contempo


Voices of Fuzión

Apollo Project

April: Dimension


March: Gala Latina

April: Every Child’s Voice Inc.

Performance at the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership and End Genocide:  Genocide in Darfur: Lessons From Rwanda and Uganda

June: Performance at the Dali Museum-  Hello Dali

September: SRQ’s Hot List Party

October: Behind the Curtain

November Preview: Leymis is honored as one of the 28 Most Powerful People in the Arts in Sarasota

[Fuzión Dance] pushes itself to higher levels.
— Barbara Leverone
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iConcept : Art Meets Fashion

March: Dream Series Historic Asolo Theater

June: Tampa Dance Festival   Dali’s imagery brought to life


2011 Style Magazine in an interview Leymis is asked: “How long have you been dancing?” Leymis responds: “Since I was in my mother’s womb.”

January: Miles Project,  ( a tribute to Miles Davis )St. PetersburgJazz Juvenocracy and Fuzion


June: Dancing Through the Eyes of Women, inspired by the art works of women

March: Wendy Perrone of Dance Magazine visits and her experience is written about in an article entitled "Sarasota’s Growing Dance Scene"

Fuzión Dance Artists played on the word fusion which represented her (Leymis’) desire for collaboration with dance of various styles and artists in other medium.
— Carrie Seidman

July: A review in the Ticket (Herald Tribune) stated “ A Dance in 48 Hours offers a peek into the creative process.”

Art Slam: Downtown Bradenton

Community in Motion

13th Annual Arts and Cultural Alliance Awards – Opportunity Grant Recipient

December: Fuzión creates Joy on the Stage,  a music/dance interplay


Community Involvement - Girls’ Inc. , Longboat Key Education Center – Salsa Day, and the Cancer

Support Communityrenamed the Center for Building Hope. Also, Sarasota – Dance Alliance and Dancing with Jenkins

March:  SRQ“Plays Well with Others”  

West Coast Women: ‘The Red Tent’

April: Ritmo Caliente

June: Women’s Exchange scholarship

Art Slam Hits Riverwalk


Fall: Dance for Parkinson’s

October: Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota Awards Ceremony

November: Chalk Festival performance

Fuzión expands the very definition of a dancer.


Dance Couture: Art Meets Dance

First Annual Voices concert

Guest appearances: Artist Series Concerts: Propel at the Van Wezel

New Music New College with NOW Ensemble – Dreamful

SRQ Hot List Soirée

March: Playing with the Boys – (first all- male piece)

7th Season Dance Concert

Celebration of All Things Dance

Dance Now series at the Art Center Sarasota

July: Editor’s Pick In the Round, Best Bets for July 2013 in Living on the Suncoast Arts

August: Behind the Curtain series

Arts and Cultural Alliance

NOW Ensemble and Fuzión Dance Artists in the New College Series Dreamfall – a collaboration

September: Sarasota Opera House Blackbird, the Beatles

October: Propel with Dwayne Scheuneman

November: Sun Boxes with artist Craig Colorusso

December: In the Light Parkinson Place

December: Voices of Fuzión – Mélange


Arts Choreography, Leymis was asked: “What makes for a great choreographer?” Leymis:  “It’s the difference between a great technician and a true artist.”

2014 February – Ice House- 7 sold out performances, inspired by Georgia O’ Keefe & Stieglitz

8th Annual Concert – Jane B. Cook Theater

Leymis travels to Ramallah with dancer Dwayne Scheuneman, to led workshops in physically integrated dance and choreography.

July: Fuzión one-week summer intensive for adults-professionals

August: 2nd Annual “In the Round” performance, summer highlight, audience sits in the round at the

New College of Florida Black Box Theater

October: Fuzión Dance Artists receives the Arts & Health Leadership Award at the Van Wezel

December: 2nd Annual – Voices of Fuzión – Jane B. Cook Theater

Fuzion Dance Company dazzles sold-out audiences.
— Barabara Leverone


Dali Museum commissioned Fuzión to present a production inspired by the Picasso & Dali exhibit, Fuzión invited artists Eliza Ladd to collaborate and guest performer Kristin O’ Neal – sold out!

9th annual concert: 1st production that all pieces are of guest choreographers

Thread: presented Anjali Austin one women show about African American History

Out of town performances: Black Box Theater in Miami, by Sandra Portal, Duncan Theater in West Palm by The Dancers Space, New Grounds in Tampa by JoAnna Ursula, Florida Dance Festival in Tampa by the Florida Dance Festival.

2nd Annual Fuzión Summer One-Week Summer Dance Intensive, presented Bubble Dance and Behind the Curtain with dancer Stephanie Bastos.

3rd In the Round, popular summer performance.

September performed at Giving Challenge Lounge, raised approximately $25,000 during the Giving Challenge

September 18, 2015 – Fuzión Dance Artists renames itself as Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Leymis & dancer Stephanie who performs with the aid of prosthetic leg is traveling to Argentina to participate in a Latin American Physically Integrative festival.