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Mary Pat Henry

Professor of Dance

Mary Pat Henry was born in Charleston, SC. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Radio City Music Hall and at the Inside/Out Concert Series at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has been a guest artist with the South Carolina, Virginia, and New York Arts Commissions, with New York's Young Audiences, and in a variety of artist-in-residence programs.  

Ms. Henry has been the Artistic Director of England’s London Dance Collective, and Dance Edition in New York City. She has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Radio City Music Hall, Off-Broadway, ABC's television special Kids Are People Too, Victoria Arts Festival, Canada, Westminster Cathedral Royal Christmas Benefit for Save the Children Foundation, London, England and various dance and theater companies throughout Europe and the United States.  

Currently, she is Artistic Director of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, a professional dance company based in Kansas City, Missouri and Artists-in-Residence at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  

In addition to teaching master classes for dance companies around the world, Ms. Henry was a member of the ballet faculty of New Jersey’s Garden State Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York’s Feld Ballet, 92nd St. Y in New York City and was Acting Director of Special Programs for New York’s Laban/Bartenieiff Institute. Mary Pat has also been on the ballet faculty of the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England as well as the movement faculty for The Drama Center of London and the Italia Conte Theater Academy.  

Ms. Henry is a respected adjudicator for regional and national dance competitions in the U.S. and Canada.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association and as a membership chairman for the Central Region.  

Ms. Henry is Professor of Ballet, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and former Chair of Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and her Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. Mary Pat Henry is the recipient of the 2007 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Award for Artistry/Scholarship, the 1996 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1997 Alberta Dance Festival Teaching Award in Canada.