Kym Stevens is an educator, dance artist, community artist, dance education researcher and arts collaborator.
She was a lecturer in Dance Education at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia for fifteen years and has worked as a dance teacher in schools and studios throughout Australia since 1978. Covering kindergarten, preschool, primary and secondary schools dance teaching, Kym continues to develop creative dance opportunities for children of all ages in a wide range of learning communities.
Kym has worked as a dance consultant for The Arts Year 1 – 10 Syllabus (Queensland, Australia) and has extensive experience with curriculum design and implementation. These experiences have led to a lasting inquiry into dance teaching in schools and the positive influence of movement for learning. Kym believes that dance benefits many other learning areas including literacy, maths and science.
She has worked as a dance teacher in private studios both here and in the United States as teacher of contemporary dance, classical ballet, jazz and tap. Her passion for community and dance has seen her develop community-based dance projects throughout Australia and Timor Leste.
Her work in Timor Leste began with the development of the Timor Leste Dance Teaching Project while working at QUT and has continued through her continued involvement with Encouragement House, Maliana (http://ehtimor.org). This has resulted in an ongoing interest in using dance to teach English as an additional language and to train teachers to use these methods.
Kym’s research into dance teacher training and cultural dance education has been widely published in books and international journals including Research in Dance Education, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and Dance Research Aotearoa. In 2018 Kym was recognized by the Ausdance Educators Queensland, for her contribution to the development of dance education, with an Osmotherly Award. Her qualifications include a Master of Education (Research), Bachelor of Business Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Dance in Education.
For more information on Kym's work please visit http://danceteachingideas.com