Leymis Wilmott

Dance Instructor and Artist in Residence - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs - Theater

Leymis Wilmott
  • Phone: (941) 487-4360
  • Email: lwilmott@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: ACE 116
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

M.F.A. in Performance/Choreography, Florida State University

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Sarasota/Bradenton’s 1st Contemporary Dance Company, Fuzión Dance Artists, a recipient of the 2008 Arts Leadership Award for Artistic Achievement from the Sarasota Arts Council, 2006 Sarasota Artist Fellowship, and was nominated in 2005 by Sarasota Magazine as best choreographer in a musical for Miss Saigon presented at the Players Theater. Most recently she was listed as one of the top 28 Most Powerful People In The Arts for 2009, and received the Dance Magazine award in 2002 for Southeast Best Choreographer.

Her work has been performed nationally at the John F. Kennedy Center, Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, Chicago Theatre Building, Florida Dance Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio and Ailey City Group Theatre in NYC, the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex Theater, Koger Center of the Arts in South Carolina, and the Manatee River Front Theatre in Bradenton, Florida. She continues to choreograph for local groups like Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Kaleidoscope (Asolo Repertory partnership with the Community Haven for adults and children with disabilities). Wilmott has collaborated with renowned composer, Edward Cosla on original scores for Fuzión, A. Paul with the Hello Dali project at the Dali Museum, and with Francis Schwartz on Kinda Cage-y which has been seen all over the world as part of the John Cage Trust.

Ms. Wilmott was first in the state to receive a certificate in Dance and Healing from the University of Florida and has a Master of Fine Arts in Performance/Choreography from The Florida State University. Her deep love for education and community building continues as she advocates for dance as a Teaching Artist through the Sarasota Arts Council, Manatee Arts Council, and Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. She also teaches at Booker High School and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at New College of Florida. Ms. Wilmott is a certified Pilates Instructor and proud wife to a supportive husband Kavin Wilmott and mother to Charles Edward. This is her second year serving on the Board of Directors for the Florida Dance Association.

Recent Courses

Fuzion Dance I
Fuzion Dance II