Dr. Matthew Henley, M.F.A., Ph.D., received a B.A. in religious studies and B.F.A. in dance at the University of Arizona where he studied with Dr. John M. Wilson. While in Tucson, Matt worked with Orts Theater of Dance, an aerial modern dance company. After graduating in 2001 he moved to NYC and began working with Randy James Dance Works for whom he taught extensively throughout the NJ and NY public school systems. In 2004 Matt became a member of the Sean Curran Company where he danced until moving to Seattle in 2008. In 2010 he completed the M.F.A. in dance at the University of Washington. In 2013 Matt completed the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Learning Sciences and Human Development, also at the University of Washington. His dissertation investigated perceptual-cognitive skills associated with dance. His research, more broadly, focuses on the relationship between movement and the brain, the role of the body in cognition and idea expression, and the cognitive and social-emotional benefits of an arts education.
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