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Kathie Debenham

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Kathie Debenham is a Professor of Dance at Utah Valley Uni- versity and a Certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst.  In her 21 years at UVU she has served as the founding chair of the UVU Dance Department and created the UVU associates and bachelors degrees in dance, served as  Director of Institu- tional Effectiveness and as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences. She also served as the founding Dean (interim) of the UVU School of the Arts, and for three years as Associate Vice President of Ac- ademic Programs.  Prior to coming to UVU she taught in the BYU  Dance  Department  and  co-directed  the  BYU  Young DanceMakers.
Kathie   also developed pre-K through Upper School curricu- lum for the Waterford and Meridian Schools. She was a Mas- ter  Teacher  for  the  Utah  Arts  Council  for  many  years  and taught and performed in Utah public schools. Supported by grants  from  the  National  Endowment  for  the  Arts  and  the Utah  Arts  Council,  she  co-directed  Contemporary  DANCE- WORKS from 1985-2000, performing and teaching in various venues in Utah and the Midwest.   She has published juried articles in both dance and humanities journals and most re- cently  co-authored  a  book  chapter  in  Dance,  Somatics  and Spirituality  —  Contemporary  Sacred  Narratives.  Kathie  and her husband Pat have enjoyed many years of artistic collabo- ration  with  family-making

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