Professional Development & Training

In collaboration with community partners such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah school districts, Art Works for Kids, and many other partners, Tanner Dance’s Professional Development Program offers a variety of training and mentoring opportunities, as well as resources, to help educators develop new ways to stimulate learning in the arts and make connections between the various art forms and other curriculum areas. The Professional Development Program provides a framework for educators to engage in teaching and learning activities that support the needs of their students while implementing the Utah State Fine Arts Core Curriculum and prevailing state and federal mandates.

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Professional Development

Tanner Dance Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop

Come explore the excitement of dance, visual arts, drama and music as well as the integration of the arts into academic curriculum. Immerse yourself in a week-long, transformative workshop that will provide explorations of the common core and how to teach it through the arts. Develop lesson plans for implementation in the classroom and build the scaffolding for a yearlong project to integrate the common core and the arts. Teachers in this workshop will engage in activities in four art forms: dance, visual art, drama and music, as well as math, science, language arts and social studies, and will observe children in classes in the Tanner Dance Program. Workshop faculty include esteemed members of Tanner Dance faculty. The course meets Monday – Friday from 9:00 am-4:30 pm at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex on the University of Utah campus and includes a one day retreat at a beautiful cabin in Weber Canyon. On this day, transportation and meals are provided by Tanner Dance. Relicensure points, USOE credit and University of Utah credit are available for this course.

2017 dates: Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, BTSAEC

Tuition: $250.00

Materials Fee: $75.00

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Specific information about the types of credit available to Utah educators for professional development workshops may be found at:

Integrating Fine Arts into the Curriculum Workshop Series

In partnership with the Salt Lake City School District and art works for kids!, the Tanner Dance Program is offering a series of six interactive professional development workshops designed to address arts integration and provide hands-on activities that educators can take back to the classroom to enliven and strengthen lesson plans. Workshops teach participants to incorporate dance, drama, visual arts, music, and literature into the elementary teaching curricula. All workshops require participants to design curricula specific to their own teaching situations. All materials created in the workshop setting are appropriate for use in the classroom.

Participants will explore interdisciplinary models and create an individual lesson plan to implement in their classrooms with guidance and assistance from the workshop faculty. All lesson plans will be based on Utah State Core Curriculum. At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will have a total of four lesson plans and corresponding teaching materials. Participants will be required to submit a portfolio which includes lesson plans, written reflections, examples of student work, and photographs. The workshop will be accompanied by mentoring and side-by-side in-school training delivered by key Tanner Dance faculty or other workshop faculty. Mentoring involves a one hour phone or e-mail consultation with the classroom teacher prior to the mentor visiting the classroom. The mentor will then spend one hour observing the participant delivering his/her lesson plan. The final hour will be utilized by the mentor to write a reflection and provide feedback to the educator.

2016-2017 Workshops:

Emerson Elementary School: Tuesdays: October 11, November 1, December 6, January 10, February 7, and March 7 from 4:00-5:30 pm

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Newman Elementary School: Tuesdays: October 18, November 8, December 13, January 17, February 14, and March 14 from 4:00-5:30 pm

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Infinity Model Professional Development Workshop 

Along with the Utah State Board of Education, the Tanner Dance Program offers the Infinity Model Workshop, which is an event to prepare teachers and their students to attend the Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) spring concert, a fully-produced annual performance at the Capitol Theatre. Workshop participants will be prepared to use lesson plans provided by Tanner Dance faculty based on the CDT performance work. Participants will explore movement lesson plans and ideas as they work together to integrate dance and other art forms into the classroom setting.

Educators who register for this conference may have the opportunity to bring your class to the 2017 CDT Capitol Theatre School Matinee performances scheduled for the week of March 20, 2017. School matinee performances will be held on March 23 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and March 24 at 10:00 a.m.  Please be advised that seating for the school matinee performances are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:00-4:00 pm, BTSAEC

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Please contact Tatiana to reserve your school’s seats in the spring matinee: 801-587-3726 or