In-Studio Performance


Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s In-Studio Series is an incubation platform for artists at varying stages in their careers. Conceived by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott to provide creators a nurturing and formative artistic opportunity, artists receive access to SCD’s home studio and its resources. Whether they’re showing a work-in-progress or adding the final touches to a developed work, the residency culminates in a live performance followed by a Q&A with the featured artist.

Location: SCD's Home Studio
1400 Blvd of the Arts, Ste 300
Sarasota, FL, 34236

In Person Tickets - $20, Virtual Tickets - $10
Student Rush Tickets: $10
**Must bring valid student ID**

Ann Morrison and Blake Walton: Sarasolo
March 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 7pm
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Ann Morrison and Blake Walton: Sarasolo

In-Studio Performance Series featuring Ann Morrison and Blake Walton: Sarasolo

March 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 7pm

Virtual Stream: March 6, 13, & 20 at 7pm

The Solo is an ongoing series of adult education workshops, masterclasses, and coaching for writers/performers, led by Ann Morrison and Blake Walton who offer consultation and directions well. The Solo springs from a desire by individual artists to grow a solo theatre project from early stages to performance. Solo artists may approach Ann and Blake with an idea, a revision, or a nearly complete piece in need of a professional eye and an audience.The LOVE Show

March 3-4: The Love Show: An hour of wit, sarcasm, song and a little love.

Prentiss “Buzz” Herron is an educator with a background in the arts. Buzz has performed in local theatre productions in Aiken, SC, Augusta, GA, and locally in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice. He has been working toward presenting a solo piece for about five years. His musical tastes include pop, standards, musical theatre, and especially tunes that are, like him, off the beaten path.

March 10-11: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twelve

What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twelve is comedy about the trials and tribulations faced by Claire throughout her life and most specifically themes of complete utter embarrassment.

Claire Timney is a Level 4 at Booker High School VPA for Musical theater. She found her passion for solo work while attending SaraSolo’s O-Solo-Me-O solo theatre development offered to her Level 3 class at Booker High School. Her future goals are a career in comedy. She has previously worked with SaraSolo with her previous solo comedy pieces, “ Three’s Company”, and “See You Soon Old Friend”. Claire is very excited to have the opportunity to share her new piece.

March 17-18: Oh My Achin ’Feet

What happens when a 64 year woman puts pack on back and treks a 1,000 year old pilgrimage trail through France and Spain? Aching feet and enlightening of a different kind. Follow me on this sometimes spiritual, sometimes hysterical, and sometimes poignant 36 day quest for nothing in particular.

Babs Vitale is a dabbler in all things performance and art. For ten years she was a Boston cast member in Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding interactive dinner theater (Mamanonna Cavatelli) (Netta Gnocci).

She has produced two spoken word audio CDs: “Guided Meditations for Menopausal Moments: A Humorous Reframing of Your Major Menopausal Symptoms”; “Babs and Lolly’s Incredible Yoga Adventure for Kids”; and has written and published a children’s activity book by the same name. (Jollly Mudra Publishing)

Since retiring to Florida her escapades include a dash of ensemble stand-up comedy at Venice Theater and pinch of comedy at Lemon Bay Theater.

Her first-ever visual arts sculpture, “Imagine” received an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Art Center Sarasota juried exhibit.

In her spare time she MC’s as her characters Mamanonna Grandeculo, Lorenzo the Lounge Singer, and Sister Maria Tortellini and has appeared at local Relay for Life fundraisers as Swami Satchibanana, and Tammy Whynot and her Whatnots. Creating photo booths for non-profit events and local clubs, and tap dancing three times a week round out her dabbling.

She has participated in SaraSolo’s “The Solo Intensive” tracks 1 and 2, and in their 2023 “Bridge” program with students from Booker Middle School.

In 2015, at age 64, she walked the 500 mile Camino France pilgrimage with her husband John. In 2022 they published their book “The Camino Book of Doggeral Haiku (and Other Poetry Forms): It Was a Real Trip” (Jolly Mudra Publishing

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Tania Vergara Pérez
March 24, 7 pm & March 25, 2 pm & 7 pm
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Tania Vergara Pérez

In-Studio Performance Series featuring Tania Vergara Perez

VIP SOLD OUT Performance: Friday, March 24 at 7 pm

Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Virtual Stream: March 27 at 7 pm


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Dancers: Janet Bell, Carla Credo, Juliana Cristina, Joseph King, Samantha Miller, Matthew Ragas, Monessa Salley, Jahrel Thompson, Nia Townsend

Scenography: Guillermo Lopez Gonzalez

Lighting/Sound/Video: Sarasota Contemporary Dance

“Voices That Move Me” will be the inaugural performance of ENDEDANS Contemporary Ballet USA, founded by choreographer Tania Vergara Pérez. Tania was born and raised in Camaguey, Cuba. She trained at the prestigious Institute of Superior Arts in Havana and taught at National Ballet of Cuba. She founded the original Endedans Contemporary Ballet company in Havana in 2002 and served as Artistic Director and Choreographer until 2014. Now, a year after gaining her US citizenship, she is thrilled to be relaunching her company with Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company. “Voices” is inspired by women writers from four countries. Ms. Pérez has created the work in honor of National Women’s History Month, celebrated annually in March.

Choreographer Tania Vergara Pérez writes: I created “Voices That Move Me” in response to world women's literature of our time. Each scene is an interpretation—not a literal adaptation—of the chosen works. Some are classics and others lesser known, but all share an acute feminist sensibility and international influence. The piece features writers who attracted me due to the strength of their voices; their divergent cultural and social backgrounds; and their distinctive vision. The dance represents the sharp gaze of Joan Didion (US); the creative imagination of Angela Carter (UK); the social commitment of Dr. Jackie Ogega (Kenya)*; and the delicate and tender melancholy of Dulce María Loynaz (Cuba).

Dr. Jackie Ogega will be in attendance for both the VIP event and the Saturday evening performance at 7 pm for a book signing.

The piece is conceived in four scenes and an epilogue. The approximate duration will be 40 min.

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SCDE Spring Showcase with Giuseppina Carla
May 12 at 7pm, May 13 at 3pm & 7pm
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SCDE Spring Showcase with Giuseppina Carla

In Studio Performance Series featuring SCDE: Spring Showcase

Friday, May 12 at 7 pm

Saturday, May 13 at 3 pm & 7 pm

Virtual Stream: May 15 at 7pm

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