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Kylene Stephens

Kylene Stephens
- Visiting Instructor

  • Email: kylene.stephens@wku.edu
  • Office: GWH 103
  • Phone Number: 270-745-5845
  • Teaching Areas: Jazz, Tap, and Choreography


Kylene Stephens is a Visiting Instructor of Dance at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches varying levels of Jazz and Tap, as well as Dance Appreciation, Choreography, and Dance Company.  She has been an Adjunct Instructor of Dance at Western Kentucky University since the Fall of 2015, and has worked closely with both the Dance and Musical Theatre Majors and Minors while choreographing for the WKU Dance Company and Musical Mainstages.  A WKU Alumna, Kylene received her BA in Dance and BS in Biology as a Hilltopper in 2013, and has recently completed her MFA in Dance through Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.  Kylene has completed her Nan Giordano Jazz Dance Basic Certification, Pilates Mat Levels I & II Certifications, and Anti-gravity Fitness Fundamentals and Level I Certifications.

Kylene has performed and choreographed extensively around the Kentucky area in local contemporary modern companies, Numinous Flux and Moving Collective, as well as an independent artist.  She has performed and studied abroad in Civitavecchia and Tulfa, Italy, Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany, and at the Jazz Dance World Congress in both Chicago and Pittsburg. Kylene’s choreography encompasses a wide range of genres, varying from contemporary, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre. Her choreographic works have been recognized for outstanding choreography by the American College Dance Festival, and have been showcased in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia.  She has also set work for Louisville Dance Series hosted by Katie Kasari Dance of Louisville, KY, and collaboratively with Meghen McKinley  for Cultivate: A Choreographer’s Showcase hosted by Motus Dance of Indianapolis, IN,  and Always Known, Never Met hosted by Moving Collective of Louisville, KY. Kylene has choreographed both Broadway Musicals Guys and Dolls and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 for the Theatre and Dance Department and Music Department at Western Kentucky University.

Kylene has taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theatre at Western Kentucky University, ACDA Regional Events, and within the private sector in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.  Her primary research interests are Anatomy and Kinesiology for dancers, somatics, choreographic process, improvisation techniques, and pedagogy.  She is passionate about teaching dancers and non-dancers of all levels and experiences. Professionally, Kylene  continues to seek out opportunities for choreographing and producing her own works, as well as performing and working collaboratively with artists from all genres and mediums across the United States and internationally.

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