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Bryant Henderson

Instructor, Dance


Bryant Henderson Shea (MFA, BA) is an instructor of dance at The University of Alabama. He is a nationally-recognized dance artist, educator, and performer who specializes in contemporary and vernacular dance forms, and enjoys investigating the intersectionality of these two worlds. Bryant teaches and studies various forms including jazz, hip-hop, contemporary dance, musical theatre, ballet, and aerial dance. Bryant’s theoretical and choreographic research has been presented throughout the United States; recognized by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and American College Dance Association (ACDA); and published in the Journal of Dance Education.
As an educator, Bryant has held professorships and instructor positions at private and public institutions across the US. Prior to returning to his alma mater as a faculty member, Bryant was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University where he served as the Artistic Director of the CSU Dance Company. He previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor and Artistic Director of Dance at Willamette University in Salem, OR, and as an Instructor of Dance at Lane Community College. Bryant is an active teaching artist and has been a guest artist/choreographer for several colleges and universities including Wayne State University, Alma College, The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, Samford University, and the University of Oregon. Bryant is a Certified Physically Integrated Dance Teaching Artist with The Dancing Wheels Company & School and values incorporating inclusive practices in his teaching to make dance a more accessible art form for everyone. Bryant is also a highly regarded and recruited dance competition adjudicator. He is the Director of Judges for Dance Troupe, Inc. and regularly serves on panels for StageOne National Dance Competitions and other circuits.
Bryant has served as the Assistant Director and Jazz Faculty for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at The University Alabama. He has also held faculty positions with The Eugene Ballet Company in Oregon, and with Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop where he coordinated their Commercial Dance Intensive. Bryant’s choreography has been seen throughout the country, appeared at American College Dance Festivals, and in New York City. He has premiered numerous original concert dance works including commissions for The Dancing Wheels Company, The University of Alabama, and University of Oregon. He has also choreographed musicals including Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, and Wild Party. Bryant has performed with SYREN Modern Dance, BEings Dance, DEMA Dance, J. Chen Project, and Broadway Dance Center in venues including NY’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 performed with the aerial-ballet company, AROVA Contemporary Ballet in Birmingham, AL.
Bryant earned his BA in Dance and Public Relations from The University of Alabama and Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Oregon where he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow.


Selected Scholarship:

Risner, Doug, Horning, Sam, Shea, Bryant. 2021. “Preparation, policy, and workplace challenges of dance teaching artists in P-12 schools: perspectives from the field.” Arts Education Policy Review 124(5): 1-14.
Henderson, Bryant. 2018. “Intertextuality and Dance: An Approach to Understanding Embodied Performance of Gender in Dance Discourses.” Journal of Dance Education 19 (1): 1–9.
Henderson, Bryant. 2017. “An Inquiry Into Men’s Experiences in Collegiate Dance.” MFA Thesis, University of Oregon.

Selected Works:

Groovin’ (Tuscaloosa, AL) –
Ride the Vibe (Cleveland, OH) –