Mary Pat Henry

Artistic Director

Mary Pat Henry was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and studied dance at the Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and Graham School of Dance. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Radio City Music Hall and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series. She has taught throughout the United States, Europe and recently over the last 3 years in China. In addition to teaching master classes and choreographing for dance companies around the world, Henry was a member of the ballet faculty at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Feld Ballet, the 92nd St. Y in New York and the Laban Dance Centre in London. Prior to establishing the company, Henry was Artistic Director for the London Dance Collective and the Dance Edition in New York. She has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Radio City Music Hall, Off-Broadway, Victoria Arts Festival, Westminster Cathedral’s Royal Christmas Benefit and more. Henry is Professor Emeritus, former Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and former Chair of Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. She holds her B.F.A. from the University of Utah and her M.F.A. from Florida State University. Henry has been the recipient of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Award for Artistry/Scholarship, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Robert C. Olson Award for Creativity and the Alberta Dance Festival Teaching Award. She has been recognized as “People who Change Kansas City” by Kansas City Magazine and in Dance Magazine, receiving the Critic’s Choice “Spotlight for Excellence” Award for Wylliams/Henry.