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 is essentially threefold:

  • 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
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 is essentially threefold:

  • 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. In 2018, a collaboration with Bach Aria Soloists will merge dance and classical music together onstage.

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.


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. Public relations and outreach efforts are shaped with multi-cultural audiences in mind. 

Impact Statement

Recent achievements include:

  1. Chosen for the fourth 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."
  2. The first in the region to be recognized by the Martha Graham Trust as a dance company of such stellar quality to be eligible to reconstruct and perform “Diversion of Angels,” a historically significant work by the modern dance master.
  3. Executive and Artistic Director, Mary Pat Henry, was recently declared by KC Magazine to be one of the people who make Kansas City a better place to live.
  4. 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.”
  5. Executive and Artistic Director, Mary Pat Henry, was the first Western dance artist invited to guest teach at the prestigious Tianjin Conservatory in China.
  6. Invited to participate in the 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 Continued support from the community to provide the volunteers, collaborations and in-kind contributions necessary to sustain our programs is a top priority. As most performing arts organizations, ticket sales account for less than half annual revenue. We believe that a city must have ready access to a diversity of dance genres to be considered culturally diverse.
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

The audiences for Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company are approximately 70% Caucasian, and 15% African American. Audiences are drawn from the entire metropolitan area especially the central city, Johnson County and North Kansas City.

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. Dance is readily available on social media like YouTube but it cannot capture the excitement of live performances. Events will be 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 with Mary Pat Henry 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. 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.

Programs
Description

In an effort to be inclusive, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company presents a range of contemporary dance from the lyric to the avant-garde in a variety of venues from White Recital Hall at UMKC to the Folly Theatre to the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. 

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.

Program Budget $125,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success

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.

Long-Term Success 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 Increased ticket sales and media response.
Examples of Program Success
 Increased audience through collaborative with the Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series in second year of "New Dance Partners" program.
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, ,
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 Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company typically presents two dance concerts each year (in the spring and the fall) plus various regional tours, community outreach performances and master classes throughout the year. Our usual venue, White Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus, draws audiences from the urban core and the surrounding suburbs, as well as dance enthusiasts from across  the region.
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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Director
Experience/Biography Paula Weber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Butler University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Smith College. She has studied ballet with such masters as Maria Tallchief, Jean Paul Comelin, Dermot Burke, Basil Thompson, Larry Long, Marjorie Mussman and Maggie Black. During her professional career, Ms. Weber performed solo and principal roles of more than 45 major works which include such classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppelia, and contemporary works as George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Agnes DeMille's Fall River Legend, John Butler's Carmina Burana and Alvin Ailey's The River. She has worked with renoun choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Laura Dean, Charles Molton and Kevin Jeff. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Ballet (principal), Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago (soloist), Chicago Ballet and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and guest artist with the Hartford Ballet. She is currently a member of the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre and is a principal dancer/ballet mistress with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. In 1996, Ms. Weber was invited to be a guest instructor of ballet for the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, China, making her the second American ballet master to visit that conservatory. Ms. Weber was the recipient of the 1997 Mrs. Ewing Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award presented to her by the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Of most recent acclaim, Ms. Weber choreographed the highly successful Carmina Burana for the State Ballet of Missouri and staged her production of Carmina on the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Albany, NY.
Title Artistic Director
Experience/Biography Mary Pat Henry is an associate professor of ballet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She holds her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Utah and her master of fine arts degree from Florida State University. In 1992 Mary Pat received the Mrs. Ewing M. Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, and Radio City Music Hall. She has been a guest artist with the South Carolina, New York, and Virginia Arts Commissions and Now York's Young Audience program for a variety of artist-in-residence programs. Ms. Henry has choreographed for the Dance Theater of Harlem, Radio City Music Hall, the Victoria Arts Festival in Canada, Off-Broadway, ABC's television special "Kids Are People, Too," and various dance and theater companies throughout Europe and the United States. In addition to teaching masterclasses for dance companies around the world, Ms. Henry was a member of the ballet faculty of the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Feld Ballet in New York, the Laban Center for Movement and Dance, and the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She is also a respected adjudicator for regional and national dance competitions in the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Henry has been on the board of directors for the American College Dance Festival Association. She is currently the artistic director of the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theater, a professional contemporary dance company based in Kansas City.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
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 2019
Email jaboukassem@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Jasmine Abou-Kassem Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm
Mrs. Carol Bayer community arts volunteer
Mr. Tony Galvan Alpine Printing
Mrs. Mary Pat Henry UMKC Conservatory of Music, Exec. Dir. WHCDC
Ms. Barbara Rafael Local business co-owner
Ms. Tiffany Sisemore Hallmark
Ms. Paula Weber Professor- UMKC
Mr. Steve White Retired 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? Under Development
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $104,500
Projected Expenses $104,500
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$66,050$67,500$22,936
Administration Expense$16,905$6,264$64,704
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.860.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%92%26%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$15,443$7,128$14,640
Current Assets$847$4,041$10,445
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$9,815$5,689$7,652
Total Net Assets$5,628$1,439$6,988
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.090.711.37
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Performing Arts $15,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Missouri Arts Council $11,327
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Sullivan Family Foundation $10,000
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.

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