Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company
3831 N. Mulberry Drive, Suite 3301
Kansas City MO 64116
"Whispering Bench" by Mary Pat Henry
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 2106066
Mission Statement

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company is a Kansas City-based professional repertory company that performs and presents dance works by emerging and established choreographers. Our Mission:

  • Making contemporary dance by emerging and established choreographers accessible to the public; often by giving voice to those choreographers who might otherwise struggle to have their work performed professionally.
  • Developing young talent as they emerge: preparing them for professional performing arts careers in Kansas City and beyond.
  • Partnering with other community organizations to maximize our outreach potential, exploring new ways to bring the creativity of contemporary dance to new audiences.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Pat Henry
Board Chair Ms. Jasmine Abou-Kassem
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli Shugart Law Firm
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donate to Wylliams/Henry from its secure website--www.wylliams-henry.org--and click on the orange "Donate" tab. Volunteers are welcome and are utilized on committees and during performances.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company is a Kansas City-based professional repertory company that performs and presents dance works by emerging and established choreographers. Our Mission:

  • Making contemporary dance by emerging and established choreographers accessible to the public; often by giving voice to those choreographers who might otherwise struggle to have their work performed professionally.
  • Developing young talent as they emerge: preparing them for professional performing arts careers in Kansas City and beyond.
  • Partnering with other community organizations to maximize our outreach potential, exploring new ways to bring the creativity of contemporary dance to new audiences.
Background Statement
Background: Established in 1991 by the late Leni Wylliams and Mary Pat Henry, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company was created as a living archive of American contemporary dance in Kansas City. Since Leni passed away, Mary Pat has continued the dream of gracing stages in America's heartland with the best and brightest from the world of dance.
 
Mary Pat Henry is responsible for artistic quality and decisions for the company. She performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West and Radio City Music Hall and has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Radio City Music Hall. In addition to teaching master classes for dance companies around the world, Ms. Henry was a member of the ballet faculty at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Feld Ballet and 92nd St. Y in New York. She is Professor Emeritus 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.
 
In addition to drawing dancers and choreographers to Kansas City, Wylliams/Henry is dedicated to building solid partnerships with other Kansas City arts organizations. Ms. Henry was commissioned to create "Ferment" in honor of the new outdoor sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, including the annual New Dance Partners collaborative concert with WHCDC, Kansas City Ballet, Owen Cox Dance Group.
 
Mary Pat Henry has developed a reputation for attracting some of the dance world's most talented young artists. The company is currently comprised of 10 members, a diverse multi-cultural group with immense talent and commitment.
 
WHCDC is committed to breaking down barriers of age, geography, ethnicity and sexual-preference in audience development efforts. The company’s ethnic ratio is 50% African-American and 50% Caucasian or other ethnicity.
 
Mary Pat Henry is adept at using dance to underscore the challenges facing contemporary society. Issues such aa religious intolerance, civil rights, hunger, apartheid and urban violence are found in her repertory. New works and selection of repertory for each season are created to enhance the cultural diversity in the community. In addition, Wylliams/Henry collaborates with, and develops partnerships with, organizations that reflect diverse populations. Public relations and outreach efforts are shaped with multi-cultural audiences in mind.
Impact Statement

Recent achievements include:

1.  Received a grant from National Endowment for the Arts to re-create Southern Exposure. One of Mary Pat Henry's masterworks, Southern Exposure is a multi-media dance-theater work telling the story of the civil-rights movement that transformed American life in the 20th century.
 
2.  Chosen for the fifth year as one of only three dance companies to participate in the "New Dance Partners" initiative which has been called a "dance awareness strategy for the Kansas City Metro area."
 
3.  Hailed as “one of the most exciting, captivating dance companies in the Midwest,” the company was recently spotlighted in Dance Magazine’s Critic's Choice issue of “Favorite Picks Across America.”
 
4.  Invited to participate in the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow international dance festival summer of 2018.

 Goals include: 

  1. Increase diversity on Board of Directors.
  2. Build new audiences through collaborations and performances in outlying areas.
  3. Perform more works by emerging choreographers, especially those who are women and/or artists of color.
  4. Cultivate a new generation of contemporary dance artists.
  5. Remove barriers for potential audiences through education and outreach programs.
  6. Create effective marketing to reach selected constituent groups to ensure diversity.
  7. Engage the community in a dialogue about diversity and understanding among different cultures.
Needs Statement Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Co. believes that a city must have ready access to a diversity of dance genres to be considered culturally diverse. Continued support from the community to provide the volunteers, collaborations and in-kind contributions necessary to sustain WHCDC programs is a top priority. As with most performing arts organizations, ticket sales account for less than half the annual revenue, so contributed income from individuals, corporations and foundations is essential to maintaining the excellence of the company and accessibility to audiences.
Service Categories
Dance
Adult Education
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS
KS - Lawrence
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The artists involved in our organization continue to amaze me. Our mixture of extremely talented dancers, world class choreographers and local emerging artists brings to the Kansas City audiences a richness of dance performance one would expect to see only in much larger cities from dance companies with much larger budgets.

The future of the arts is to engage new audiences and young people by creating an excitement for the arts, especially in live performances. Events are promoted through traditional media and marketing throughout the region in an effort to encourage a broad range of demographics. Marketing efforts such as flyers and posters center mostly around the venue; social media marketing focuses on dance patrons. Press releases are sent before each performance series, with follow-up invitations for interviews on TV, radio, newspapers and arts periodicals.

The board, artistic staff and the company believe all segments of our community can benefit from a united commitment to making Kansas City a just place to live and working through various programs that facilitate harmony. 

Programs
Description
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company presents a season of performances each year. New works and selection of repertory for each season are created to enhance the cultural diversity in our community. In addition, Wylliams/Henry collaborates with, and develops partnerships with, organizations that reflect diverse populations.
 
The board, artistic staff and the company believe all segments of the community can benefit from a united commitment to making Kansas City a just place to live and working through various programs that facilitate harmony. Issues such as religious intolerance, civil rights, hunger, apartheid and urban violence are found in her repertory.
 
To ensure accessibility to all people, ticket prices are kept affordable, with discounts to students and older adults.
 
In 2019, Southern Exposure will be presented in the spring. Fall repertory has not been announced. 
Program Budget $125,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Measurement # 1:

Outcome : Reach a diverse audience in all demographics.

Dance has the opportunity to create a shared experience, connecting artists and community. Wylliams/Henry is known to produce ambitious performances that attract wide audiences engage all ages and backgrounds. Southern Exposure is an opportunity to create access to audiences, artists, students through a shared powerful experience that has the power to be life changing.


Measurement # 2:

Outcome : Receive a positive artist and audience response to Southern Exposure.

Art transports us to different places and cultures, allowing us to see ourselves and our own community through a different lens. Post performance evaluations online and through participating schools, along with internal evaluations with artistic team, will frame outcomes from the performance.


Measurement # 3:

Outcome : Heightened awareness of the importance of art to conversation of civil rights and other social issues.

Long-Term Success
One of the visions co-founders Mary Pat Henry and the late African-American choreographer Leni Wylliams had for their dance company was that of presenting multi-cultural works, choreographers and dancers to new audiences. The Company remains committed to relevant social, cultural and racial issues, and has often addressed thought-provoking subjects which stimulate audience and community dialogue.
 
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company strives to foster an appreciation of contemporary dance among adults and students in our region; as well as create a market for high-quality dance productions, giving talented artists the ability to make careers in this field without leaving this area.
Program Success Monitored By

After the performances the artistic team, dancers and choreographers make themselves available for questions, comments, observations and reflections. Other sources for evaluation include:

  1. Conduct exit interviews with audience members leaving the theatre.
  2. Organize a targeted follow-up survey.
  3. Hold de-briefing sessions with volunteers/ushers.
  4. Box office results.
  5. Media reviews.
  6. Critiques among artistic team.
Examples of Program Success
Cyprus Avenue Concert, Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
 
Collaboration with Williams Shapiro of Kansas City Public Radio Host and WHCDC
Choreographers: Mary Pat Henry, William Whitner, Tyrone Aiken
Music: Marvin Gaye, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, The Band-Telly Fowler, Elvis Presley, Leonard Cohen, Josh Beamish, Patsy Cline, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin and Chuck Berry.
 
New Dance Partners, Collaborative concert with WHCDC, Kansas City Ballet, Owen Cox Dance Group, Carlsen Center for the Performing Arts, Overland Park, KS
 
“Heart Thieves” Robert Moses
 
25th Anniversary Concert Season, Performing Arts Center, White Recital Hall, Kansas City, MO
Choreographers: “Tohubohu” Edgar Anido, “Rippling Souls” Vincent Brosseau, “Ferment” Mary Pat Henry, “To Have and To Hold” Shapiro and Smith, “Church of Nations” Kevin Iega Jeff
Description
Educating diverse audiences to the beauty and athleticism of contemporary dance through free concerts, such as "Dance in the Park." Meet with performing arts schools' student dancers giving them the opportunity to learn from professional dancers and choreographers.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Community audiences learn to appreciate contemporary dance, while student dancers learn what is required to thrive as a professional dancer.
Long-Term Success Thriving dance community in Kansas City area.
Program Success Monitored By Quantity and quality of dance in the Kansas City area.
Examples of Program Success Kansas City remains home to numerous exciting and diverse dancers, dance companies, choreographers and collaborative performance events.
CEO Comments
In 1963 the 16th Street Baptist Church in Memphis was bombed in an act of white supremacist terrorism. Four little girls were lost.
In 2015, in his eulogy for the victims of the Mother Emmanuel AME church shooting in Charleston by an avowed white supremacist, President Barak Obama paid tribute to black churches for being a place where children were “taught that they matter.”
 
Do they?
 
In almost every area of society, black Americans remain disadvantaged, with discrimination still an American tragedy yet to be overcome. In the past few years a 21st civil rights movement has grown fueled by grief and rage of black Americans of all ages.
Mary Pat Henry believes “choreographers are adept storytellers. They use the human body instead of words and a stage instead of a blank page to create powerful tales.”
 
Inspired by WilliamChristenberry’s exhibit “The Clan Room,” "Southern Exposure", is a multi-media dance-theater work telling the story of the civil-rights movement and the agony and courage that transformed American life in the 20th century. Never more relevant in the 21st century, this powerful piece is a fast-moving dance drama choreographed by Mary Pat Henry. Set to the popular music of the 1960s and '70s “Southern Exposure” tackles social issues of segregation and racial conflict dancing before images of the Jim Crow South with voices of the civil rights movement and spirituals from the period of segregation in the background. With a cast of 22 dancers and 1 actor, text is written by Time McLaurin from “The Keeper of the Moon” and spoken word from “Confrontation” by Abiodum Oyewole.
 
WHCHC was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to assist with the re-staging of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company’s Southern Exposure. Considered one of WHCDC founder/artistic director Mary Pat Henry’s masterworks, this dance theatre piece will be transformed into a full evening work, featuring 21 artists and 2 actors.
 
The re-staging, community and audience engagement and performances will provide the opportunity to enrich a dance theatre work of significance, while fostering mutual respect for all persons and broadening understanding American society.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Mary Pat Henry
Term Start Jan 1991
Experience Mary Pat Henry was with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West and Radio City Music Hall. She has been a guest artist with the South Carolina, Virginia and New York Arts Commissions and New York's Young Audiences in a variety of artist in residence programs. Ms. Henry was the artistic director of the London Dance Collective in London and Dance Edition in New York City. She has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Radio City Music Hall and the Victoria Arts Festival in Canada. She is on the Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association. Ms. Henry is Professor of Ballet and Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. 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 a recipient of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Award for Artistry/Scholarship.
Senior Staff
Title Associate Director
Experience/Biography DeAnna Hiett has danced with Ballet Hysell, The Jamison project, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted productions, Quixotic, and performed with the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera. In 2008, DeeAnna received the prestigious Generative Performing Artist award from The Charlotte Street Foundation for her powerful artistry and accomplishment in the world of dance. She has choreographed for the Kansas City Ballet In the Wings series as well as the Lyric Opera, Coterie Theatre, The Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater, American College Dance Festival, and Wylliams/Henry.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 10
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Paseo High School for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Marshall County (Kansas) Arts Cooperative
  • Bill Shapiro of KCUR's nationally syndicated Cypress Avenue
  • UMKC Theatre Department
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Bach Aria Soloists
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Owens/Cox Dance
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Access to ExcellenceNational Endowment for the Arts2007
First in Missouri for mid to small size dance companiesMissouri Arts Council2009
Awarded "Artists-in-Residence"UMKC Conservatory of Music2009
Artists Touring ProgramSouth and North Carolina Arts Commission2009
Artists Touring RosterMid America Arts Alliance2009
NEA Annual Report-spotlighted dance companyNational Endowment for the Arts2008
Critics' ChoiceDance Magazine2008
Authorized for Historical ReconstructionsMartha Graham Trust2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jasmine Abou-Kassem
Company Affiliation Polsinelli Shugart Law Firm
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2020
Email jaboukassem@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Jasmine Abou-KassemPolsinelli Shughart Law Firm
Mrs. Carol Bayercommunity arts volunteer
Mr. Tony GalvanAlpine Printing
Mrs. Mary Pat HenryUMKC Conservatory of Music, Exec. Dir. WHCDC
Ms. Barbara RafaelLocal business co-owner
Ms. Tiffany SisemoreHallmark
Ms. Paula WeberProfessor- UMKC
Mr. Steve WhiteRetired Business Owner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Arab-American
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company is governed by the Board of Directors and the Executive/Artistic Director. The Artistic Director makes the creative decisions for the company’s concerts and initiates and develops community outreach programs. All creative projects for the dance company are discussed and approved by the Board of Directors. The board supervises the budget and production cost and establishes funding goals for the company. Members of the Board of Directors also serve on committees involving marketing, fundraising, special events and community outreach. A contract grant writer works with the Executive Director and the Board in making grant application decisions and funding requests.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $104,500
Projected Expenses $104,500
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$37,425$66,050$67,500
Administration Expense$15,513$16,905$6,264
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.900.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%80%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$17,865$15,443$7,128
Current Assets$17,865$847$4,041
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$10,446$9,815$5,689
Total Net Assets$7,419$5,628$1,439
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.710.090.71
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company is privileged to be Artists in Residence at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, a nationally acclaimed center for artistic excellence and innovation. Their rehearsal space, performance venue, office space and technical assistance are offered to the company in-kind, allowing the artistic team to use resources to maximize the artistic merit of the work. Our revenue is diverse with 21% in earned income; 57% from contributed private/corporate sources; 16% government. In addition, WHCDC uses cash reserves when needed to support annual expenses.

Other Documents
Chicago Tribune Review2017View
Twisted Metal2016View
Performance Photo2014View
Organization Name Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company
Address 3831 N. Mulberry Drive, Suite 3301
Kansas City, MO 64116
Primary Phone (816) 2106066
Contact Email wylliamshenry@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Pat Henry
Board Chair Ms. Jasmine Abou-Kassem
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli Shugart Law Firm
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre