Tanner Dance has been offering high-quality and nationally-recognized arts in education programs since the 1960s. These programs are offered to classrooms and teachers at free or subsidized prices with support from the Utah State Board of Education’s Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS), Utah State Legislature, National Endowment for the Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts & Parks, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Art Works for Kids Foundation, and numerous private foundations and donors.
See what Tanner Dance Arts in Education Programs accomplished during the 2015-2016 school year in this POPS Report 15-16.
Donate here to Tanner Dance Arts in Education programs.
Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program
The Side-by-Side (SBS) Dance Residency Program offers weekly dance classes for K-6 students in Utah elementary schools. These residencies occur during the school day with the classroom teacher and students actively participating. The weekly dance classes are held for 45 minutes to one hour and can be held in a year-long, semester, or trimester residency. Tanner Dance teaching artists and classroom teachers collaborate and work together to plan dance training that integrates classroom curriculum.
Funding for the program is provided through a 50% match from Tanner Dance and a 50% match from the school, and Tanner Dance can often secure additional funding to assist schools who cannot meet their 50% match. The school match is $1400 per class for an entire school year.
Interested schools should contact Rachel Kimball, Director of Arts in Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss openings.
School Matinee Performances
Inspired by Viking lore, Elfwyn’s Saga presents an enthralling tale of magic, greed, and heroism. During the early settlement of Iceland, a girl named Elfwyn is born blind after a curse is placed on her family. Guided and protected by the mysterious Hidden Folk, she learns to rely on other senses to perceive the world around her. When a rival Viking clan uses a treacherous magic to sow the seeds of discord among her family, Elfwyn’s gift of clear perception is all that stands between her community and its self-annihilation. An imaginative musical score and hundreds of dazzling costumes help the young dancers of the Children’s Dance Theatre bring this spectacular story to the stage.
March 23, 2017 | 10:00 am & 12:30 pm: Elfwyn’s Saga | Capitol Theatre
March 24, 2017| 10:00 am: Elfwyn’s Saga | Capitol Theatre
June 20, 2016 | 10:00 am: Elfwyn’s Saga | Sandy Amphitheater
Please contact Tatiana Mixco at 801-587-3726 or email@example.com to reserve your school’s free seats for matinee performances.
Professional Development Workshops
October 2016-March 2017: Yearlong Integrating the Fine Arts into the Curriculum Professional Development Workshop (Free)
February 11, 2017 1:00-4:00 pm: 2017 Infinity Workshop in preparation for the Spring Matinee (Free)
June 13-14, 2017 | BYU Arts Express Conference | Tanner Dance will present a one-day workshop at the conference (Conference registration required)
June, 2017 | 9:00 am-4:30 pm: 2016 Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop (Scholarships available for educators)
Children’s Dance Theatre bring 40 students and two live musicians to numerous elementary schools throughout the year to provide an assembly that teaches folk music and dance. These lecture demonstrations are given on Friday mornings and a dance specialist visits the school’s faculty meeting a few weeks before the performance to provide lesson plans and other preparation for the performance. Please contact Tatiana Mixco at 801-587-3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibility of holding a free lecture demonstration at your school.