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Kim Marie Roe

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Kim Roe

Awarded for service to the arts or media

Born: 31 October 1957

Entered on roll: 2019

“Changing the way Australia encompassed highland dancing”

Kim was the first Tasmanian to compete in the World Highland Dancing Championship finals, where she passed her teacher’s exam and judge’s test, allowing her to become an International Highland Dancing Adjudicator, the first Tasmanian to do so.

In 1976, at the age of 19, Kim joined the Tasmanian National Dancing Association and the Tasmanian State Committee of Highland Dancing. Kim’s membership of these organisations continues 40 years on, with her dedication extending to filling roles such as president, vice-president and technical secretary. In 2008, Kim was given life membership of the Tasmanian National Dancing Association.

It was Kim’s interest in dance that led her to complete a degree in Physical Education. Kim introduced dance into primary school education.

After many years working in schools, Kim started her own dance school with just two students in 1982. The Kim Roe School of Dance now has three studios teaching highland, national, contemporary, jazz, ballet and musical theatre.

Over the past 36 years, Kim has taught and mentored thousands of Tasmanians in dance, including the preparation for exams, individual or group eisteddfod choreography, university auditions and Higher School Certification/Tasmanian Certificate of Education tutoring.

In 1991, Kim started devising, directing and choreographing an annual Christmas pantomime, which has been entertaining local Tasmanians for 28 consecutive years.

One of Kim’s most recognised contributions was a collaboration with The Wiggles. Kim worked extensively with Anthony Field and the Wiggles cast to incorporate highland dancing and other forms of dance into their regular stage and television shows.

Since 1984, Kim has been a member of the Launceston Competitions Association, and she was granted life membership in 2017. Kim was also a founding committee member of the inaugural Festivale in Launceston.

Kim was also President of the Australian Board of Highland Dancing from 2006 to 2009, awarded International Highland Dancing Teacher of the Year 2012 – 2018, and inducted into the International Dancing Hall of Fame in 2016.

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