Mission &



The mission of Sarasota Contemporary Dance is to bring cutting edge dance of the highest caliber to the community through performance, education, and collaboration.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is a professional dance company bringing dance performance and education of the highest caliber to Sarasota, Florida, having served our artistic community for more than 18 years. Housed in the heart of the historic Rosemary Square district in downtown Sarasota, SCD shares its home studio with the community through robust artistic, educational, and performance programming: 10 studio performances are planned for SCD’s 2023 - 2024 season in its 1,000+ square foot, state-of-the-art studio and performance venue, and over 20 ongoing adult dance classes are offered weekly for ages fourteen and up, open to the public year-round. SCD seeks to provide education and entertainment to loyal audiences through contemporary experiences with a community minded voice.



Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Rachael Inman began working together in Florida State University’s graduate program in 2000. Not only did the two share an Arabic heritage, most importantly, they shared a vision to collaborate, create and celebrate through life experiences. They both spent time developing programming for the FSUdanceSARASOTA initiative, and in 2002 Bolaños Wilmott and Inman founded Fuzión Dance, the first professional contemporary dance company in Sarasota. In 2006, they formed Fuzión Dance Artists as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. After a decade of establishing its presence under the continued Artistic Direction of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Fuzión Dance Artists became Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The organization felt it was time for a change, and under this new name have become a mainstay arts organization in the region.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is recognized for its extraordinary level of high-energy, contemporary dance and collaborative performances. In addition to a variety of community collaborations and performances at local venues, SCD has also been presented at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance, John F. Kennedy Center, Dennis C. Moss Theater, Merce Cunningham Studio Theatre, and the Ailey Citygroup Theatre. The company presents a combination of works by the Artistic Director and Guest Choreographers such as Gilliane Hadley, Lisa del Rosario, Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez, Tania Vergara Pérez, and Alyson Dolan. Recent collaborations include "SCD+EnSRQ," the expansion of "Jehanne" with composition by Mark Dancigers, and a regional tour of "The Cuban Project" to Miami and Bradenton.

2023-2024 marks the company's 18th season. Additionally, the company offers a variety of physically integrated dance and movement modalities to people in different stages of their lives and abilities, including an established ongoing weekly Dance for Joy class at Parkinson's Place and Aviva.

The company celebrated five years in its state of the art, dance studio and performance venue - located in the Rosemary District of Downtown Sarasota. The company now offers over 20 ongoing weekly classes to the community for all levels and ages and is in its fifth year presenting SCDE, SCD's pre-professional training ensemble.

Board of Directors

Jaime Still, 
Owner of Smile Sarasota

Vice President & Treasurer
Dan Barzel, Retired Retail Merchandising Executive

G. Robert McLain Jr.,

General Board
Georgia Higgins,
Senior Trial Attorney at Zenith Insurance Company
Muriel Gordon Mayers,
Founding Board Member, Retired Dance Educator & Fiduciary Accountant
Victor Cipolla,
Evil Genius PR
Sam Alfstad,
Founder Alfstad & Productions

Advisory Board

Anjali Austin (Tallahassee, FL), Department Chair, Professor of Dance, Graduate Program Director, Florida State University
Marlene Liberman (Sarasota, FL), Realtor
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (New York, NY), Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women
Robert Wilk (Sarasota, FL), Sculptor and Retired Marketing Director