Kathie Debenham is currently Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities and Professor of Modern Dance and Movement Analysis at Utah Valley University. She is also the founding dean of the School of the Arts at UVU and served as the founding chair of the Dance Department and Modern Dance Program Director. Debenahm created Synergy Dance Company at UVU in 1992 and directed the company for 13 years.
She holds a master's degree in physical education from Brigham Young University where she created The Dancers’ Company and taught from 1976-1994. She is also a master teacher/artist for the Utah Arts Council and was an artistic director/performer/choreographer for Contemporary DANCEWORKS from 1986-2002.
Kathie is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and completed the Integrated Studies Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Utah. She is a board member for the American College Dance Festival Northwest Region and a member of numerous professional organizations including the Utah Dance Education Organization.
In 2015, she and her husband, Patrick Debenham, received a Star Award from the Scera Center for the Arts.
The parents of three daughters, Kathie and her husband have enjoyed many years of artistic collaboration, with family at the heart of their dance-making.