About Us

Kansas City-based professional repertory company.

The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most exciting, captivating dance troupes in the Midwest. Wylliams/Henry has been spotlighted Dance Magazine’s Critic's Choice issue of “favorite picks across America” and in the National Endowment for the Arts 2008 Report. Works by internationally acclaimed choreographers, such as David Parsons, Dwight Rhoden, Donald McKayle and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, as well as classics by some of the 20th century's greatest masters, such as Jose Limon, Hanya Holm and Anna Sokolow, are presented by the Company in each of its seasons. New works expressing important social issues from the Holocaust to racism are a hallmark of the company in performances that are thought provoking and speak to the human spirit. WHCDC is known for its beautiful, athletic style in a repertory ranging from the lyric to the avant garde. Performances are given in both conventional and non-traditional spaces -- often in partnership with community organizations -- to introduce contemporary dance to new audiences. Wylliams/Henry connects with a broad spectrum of individuals in both urban and rural communities, while presenting the most powerful and uplifting works from the rich archive of American modern dance.

Wylliams-Henry is proud to call Kansas City home and is honored to be "Artists-in-Residence" at UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The company has been honored by acceptance to the artist touring roster of the Missouri Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission and the Mid-America Arts Alliance touring programs.

Technical Team

Michael Manley
Michael Strong
Arthur Pemberton

Board of Directors

Interim Chairman

  • Jasmine Abou-Kassam


  • Anthony M. Glavan, Jr.


  • Tiffany Sissemor


  • Steve White


  • Carol Bayer
  • Steve White
  • Mary Pat Henry
  • Paula Weber
  • Tiffany Sisemore
  • Jasmine Abou-Kassem

Advisory Board

  • Anthony Glavin Jr.
  • Barbara Rafael
  • Elizabeth Danforth
  • Judith Roth
  • Penny Chappell
  • Suellen Fried