by Judith Fertig
Professor Emeritus of Dance, Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC and Artistic/Executive Director of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company answers four questions.
Soft-spoken Mary Pat Henry, with all her Charleston, South Carolina, charm, has danced, taught, and choreographed around the world. After receiving her BFA from the University of Utah, she studied dance at the Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and the Martha Graham School of Dance in New York. As a ballerina, she performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Radio City Music Hall Ballet and at the Jacob’s Pillow International Dance Festival Inside/Out Series. In addition, she has been an artist-in-residence throughout the U.S. and Europe and most recently at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin, China. She has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Radio City Music Hall, Off-Broadway in New York, the Victoria Arts Festival in Canada and the Westminster Cathedral’s Royal Christmas Benefit in London, among others.