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Misha Bergman began her career with Children’s Dance Theatre in 1979. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in modern dance from the University of Utah and returned to teach in the Virginia Tanner Arts for the Young and Dance/Art programs. She served as Miss Anne Cannon’s assistant from the founding of the Fine Arts Preschool in 1992, Fine Arts Preschool Administrative Assistant in 1995, and became director in 1999.

Julie Goodro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Home Economics Eduction. She holds a number of certifications: Child Development Associate (CDA), level 3 Kindermusik and Musikgarten instructor, Orff level 1, Kodaly level 2, Music Together, Education Through Music (ETM), and beginning Suzuki training. She has had several years of dance training.

Mimi Silverstein has an extensive background in performing and teaching. Her roots began with CDT and took her traveling across the nation as a professional dancer with Repertory Dance Theatre. Mimi is fully experienced and trained in our Fine Arts Preschool curriculum and philoshophy. She has taught in our Fine Arts Preschool since 1994.

Tad Simonson trained at the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program and performed with CDT for ten years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah. She has been on faculty of the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program since 1985 teaching dance, working in outreach, with special populations and as a member of the Fine Arts Preschool staff.

Shannon Stead graduated with a BA in Dance from Brigham Young University with a minor in music. Shannon has taught many styles of dance including creative, modern, folk, aerobic, social dance, and ballet. Shannon currently teaches in the Tanner Dance Arts in Education program, Children’s Dance Theatre, and the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance program as well as the Fine Arts Preschool. She enjoys working with children and sharing her love of the arts.

I believe the preschool philosophy is well grounded in arts education principles, which give children the best possible foundation for the academic work to come, as well as a personal predisposition for finding pleasure in the world around them.

Polly Parkinson,FAP parent, December 2002


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