About

Mission &
History

Sarasota Contemporary Dance provides education and entertainment to loyal audiences through contemporary experiences with a community minded voice. We strive to help people feel moved and welcomed to new opportunities.
Mission

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.
History

history

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 with artists of various genres. 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, Merce Cunningham Studio Theatre, and the Ailey Citygroup Theatre. The company presents a combination of works by the Artistic Director and Guest Choreographers. Recent Guest Choreographers include Lucy Bowen McCauley, Doug Gillespie, Jennifer Archibald, Michael Foley, Adele Myers, Gerri Houlihan, and Larry Keigwin. Recent collaborations include "SCD+Piazzolla" w/ renowned harpist Ann Pilot, "Carmina Burana" with the Choral Artists of Sarasota, “Hidden Holiday Treasures” w/ Sarasota Orchestra, and the premiere of “Jehanne” with the NOW Ensemble.

2021-2022 marks the company's 16th 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 Parkinson's class at the Parkinson Place.

Most recently the company celebrated a milestone with the grand opening of its brand new, state of the art, dance studio - located in the Rosemary District of Downtown Sarasota. The company now offers over 16 ongoing weekly classes to the community, for all levels and ages. The company also recently launched a student training company for aspiring contemporary dancers call “SCD Ensemble.”
Board

Board of Directors


President
Dan Barzel, Retired Retail Merchandising Executive

Vice President
Jack M. Shapiro, Ph.D. , Retired Engineer

Secretary
G. Robert McLain Jr., Attorney

Treasurer
Shane A. Chalke, FSA, MAAA, BE Jazz, Retired CEO Finetre Corporation

General Board
Sam Alfstad, Founder Alfstad& Productions
Norbert P Donelly, Chairperson Tervis®
Muriel Gordon Mayers, Retired Dance Educator; Retired Fiduciary Accountant
Jaime Still, Services Coordinator at Smile Sarasota
Georgia Higgins, Senior Trial Attorney at Zeinth Insurance Company

Advisory Board

Anjali Austin (Tallahassee, FL), Department Chair, Professor of Dance, Graduate Program Director, Florida State University
Linda Joffe (Sarasota, FL), Graduate, Leven Institute for Expressive Movement
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