H. Patrick Debenham
In 1976, Debenham received a master's degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he taught beginning modern dance classes.
After graduating from UCLA, Professor Debenham joined the Dance faculty at BYU. He was a Professor at BYU in the Modern Dance Division of the Dance Department until his retirement in August 2013. He was division administrator and graduate program coordinator. He taught multiple upper division courses and researched pedagogy, personal biographies, and the creative process. In 1997, Debenham received the Alumni Association's Teacher of the Year Award. He also was the director of the Contemporary Dance Theatre group, formerly known as The Dancers' Company.
In 2012, Debenham guided the project Songs of the Disinherited, a choreographic residency funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. The project brought Donald McKayle, an internationally celebrated Modern Dance choreographer, to BYU to choreograph and produce Songs of the Disinherited. The dance, which is a reflection of the African diaspora, was later featured on PBS in a documentary about McKayle's life and work and was also performed at the Dance department's Dance in Concert 2012 and on the dance company's tour to India in August 2012.
Debenham's 2013 collaborative piece, The Boxes, Me and the Sound, with Colleen N. West and Evan Rogler, was restaged at the 2014 Contemporary Dance Theatre's show, Encounters. He also served as the narrator and audience guide to BYU's 2014 dance production, "eviDANCE." The same year, he had the lead role in the 2014 BYU Spectacular, which featured alumnus James Christensen's artwork.
He is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. he has worked for the Provo Sites Mobile Dance Series and Snow College. He is currently an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University.
In 2015, Debenham and his wife, Kathie Debenham, received a Star Award from the Scera Center for the Arts.
- BYU News - BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre to stage “ENCOUNTERS” Feb. 13-15 (5 Feb 2014)
- The Universe - Contemporary Dancers use Scooters, Trampolines, Mattresses in Performance (27 Jan 2011)
- The Universe - Students choreograph performances (31 Mar 2010)
- Mormon Times - Spirit of dance was a welcome, sweet reminder (29 Dec 2009)
- The Universe - Workshop gives dancers insight and new knowledge (27 Jul 2009)