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Interweave Dance Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, 2015

Interweave Dance Theatre, Boulder, Colorado, 2015

Bryant Henderson (MFA, BA) is a dance artist, educator, and performer who has extensively studied various dance forms including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, contemporary dance, and aerial dance. His theoretical and choreographic research has been presented throughout the United States and recognized by leading professional organizations including the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and American College Dance Association (ACDA). Bryant received his MFA degree in Dance and Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Oregon, where his thesis research focused on gaining a more  thorough understanding of male dancers’ experiences in collegiate dance programs in order to better support and encourage male dance populations. Bryant received his BA degree in Dance and Public Relations from The University of Alabama. As an educator, Bryant has been a teaching artist and choreographer for several institutions including The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, Lane Community College,  the University of Oregon, and Willamette University. Bryant has served as the Assistant Director and Jazz Faculty for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at Alabama, and on the faculty of Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop where he coordinated their Commercial Dance Intensive. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon, Bryant taught various theoretical and practical courses in the Department of Dance, choreographed works for student and faculty concerts, and was awarded the 2016-2017 Georgianne Teller-Singer Dean’s Fellowship and 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student in Dance. Bryant’s choreography has been seen throughout Alabama, appeared at the American College Dance Festival, and in New York City. His work ranges from concert dance to full musical productions. He has choreographed for musicals such as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, and Wild Party. While residing in New York City, Bryant performed with SYREN Modern Dance, BEings Dance, DEMA Dance, and J. Chen Project in venues including New York’s City Center, The Joyce SoHo, NYC Times Square, and The Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center. Bryant has also toured the world as a dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruises and POET Theatricals, and was a guest artist for the aerial-ballet company, AROVA Contemporary Ballet (Birmingham, AL). Currently, Bryant is the Artistic Director and Instructor of Dance at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and an Instructor of Dance at Lane Community College. Additionally, he teaches various courses and works with the performing ensembles at All That Dance Company and Eugene Ballet Academy in Eugene, Oregon.


Curriculum Vitae

 

 

EDUCATION

University of Oregon

Master of Fine Arts, 2017

Performance & Choreography

Women's & Gender Studies, Graduate Certificate

University of Alabama

Bachelor of Arts, 2010

Majors: Dance and Public Relations

Magna Cum Laude

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & AFFLIATIONS

National Dance Education Organization - E-Communications Committee Member

Oregon Dance Education Organization - Board Member At Large

 

NOTABLE MENTORS & TEACHERS

Cornelius Carter - Director and Professor of Dance, The University of Alabama

Sarah M. Barry - Associate Professor of Dance, The University of Alabama

Dr. Jenifer Craig - Associate Professor of Dance, University of Oregon

Dr. Steven Chatfield - Professor and Head of Dance, University of Oregon

Walter Kennedy - Associate Professor of Dance, University of Oregon

Christian Cherry - Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Dance, University of Oregon

Shannon Mockli - Associate Professor of Dance, University of Oregon

Wade Madsen - Professor of Dance, Cornish College of the Arts

Nancy Cranbourne - One Big Yes Productions

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017 - Present - Willamette University, Salem, OR · Artistic Director & Instructor of Dance

2017 - Present - Lane Community College, Eugene, OR · Instructor

2015 - Present - Eugene Ballet Academy, Eugene, OR · Instructor

2015 - Present - All That Dance Company, Eugene, OR · Instructor

2014 - 2017 - The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR · Graduate Teaching Fellow

2015 & 2016 - Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, Boulder, CO · Instructor/Coordinator

2016 - American College Dance Association, Laramie, WY · Presenter/Instructor    

2014 - American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, Tuscaloosa, AL · Faculty & Assistant Director

2013-2014 - That’s the Point Dance, Chelsea, AL · Visiting Guest Instructor 

2011 & 2013 - The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL · Guest Artist & Lecturer

2010 - Shelton State Community College/Theatre Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL · Guest Artist/Choreographer

2007 - 2008 - Jackie O’Neal’s School of Dance, Vestavia Hills, AL · Choreographer / Instructor    

2006 - 2014 - Shirley’s Studio of Dance, Sylacauga, AL · Guest Choreographer / Instructor

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2016 - Celebrity Cruises, Boulder, CO · Audition Choreographer

2016 - Miss Oregon Pageant, Seaside, OR · Show Producer and Choreographer

2016-2018 - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Human Subjects Research, University of Oregon · Primary Investigator

2010 - 2012 - Dance Temp, New York City, NY · Freelance Instructor 

2009 - Broadway Dance Center, New York City · Summer Intern

2007 & 2008 - American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, Tuscaloosa, AL · Technical Counselor, Performance Manager

 

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

2014 - 2017 - University of Oregon, Eugene, OR · Student Performer

2015 - 2016 - University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company, Resident Touring Company · Company Member & Instructor

2015 - SubUrban Projections, Eugene, OR · Performer

2015 - Interweave Dance Theatre, Boulder, CO · Company Member

2014 - Arova Contemporary Ballet, Birmingham, AL · Guest Performer

2012 - Magic City Nutcracker, Birmingham, AL · Soloist and Principle Dancer

2012 - 2014 - Celebrity Cruises, Miami, FL · Dancer, Aerialist, and Ballroom Instructor

2012 - DeMa Contemporary Dance Company, New York City, NY · Guest Performer

2011 - J. Chen Project, New York City · Company Member

2011 - SYREN Modern Dance, New York City, NY · Company Member

2011 - BEings Dance Company, New York City, NY · Guest Company Member 

2009 - Broadway Dance Center Summer Intern Program, New York City, NY · Perfomer 

2009 - X-Box Kinect Live Promotional Event, Times Square / NYC · Performer

2009 - Hair, Tuscaloosa, AL · Dance Captain and Ensemble Performer

2009 - River North Chicago @ Alabama Dance Festival, Birmingham, AL · Repertory Performer

2009 - Tuscaloosa Dancers' The Nutcracker, Tuscaloosa, AL · Nutcracker and Spanish Duet

2008 - Beauty and the Beast, Tuscaloosa, AL · Role of Beast

2007 - 2010 - Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL · Company Member

2006 - 2010 - Dance Alabama!, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL · Company Member and Officer

 

HONORS, AWARDS, and FUNDING

2016-2017 – Geogrianne Teller-Singer Dean’s Fellowship, University of Oregon
2016 - University of Oregon General Scholarship Award, University of Oregon
2010 - Lou Wall Award, University of Alabama
2010 - Dance Alabama! Award, University of Alabama
2007 & 2008 - ABT Scholarship Award, University of Alabama
2007 - Kiwanis Foundation Award, University of Alabama
2006 - Alumni Leadership Award, University of Alabama
2006 - Harry & Margaret Brown Award, University of Alabama
2006 - Sam Walton Community Scholarship Award, University of Alabama
2006 - Burger King-McLamore Scholarship, University of Alabama
2006 - Kappa Alpha Psi Award, University of Alabama
2006 - 2010 - J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Award, University of Alabama

 

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