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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 2016-2017 school year in this POPS Report.

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.

As a brief introduction, please watch these video highlights of our SBS Program at Oakridge Elementary School and Granger Elementary School.

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 portion that the school will match is $1400 for 32 classes (1 class per week), which can be divided by 16 week semesters or 10 week trimesters to reach more classrooms.

Interested schools should contact Rachel Kimball, Director of Arts in Education, at 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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weber State University Val A. Browning Center

10:00 am and 12:30 pm

Please contact Tatiana Mixco at 801-587-3726 or to reserve your school’s free seats for matinee performances.

Professional Development Workshops

October 2017-March 2018: Yearlong Integrating the Fine Arts into the Curriculum Professional Development Workshop (Free)

January 27 & February 24, 2018 1:00-4:00 pm: 2017 Infinity Workshop in preparation for the Spring Matinee (Free)

June, 2018 | BYU Arts Express Conference | Tanner Dance will present a one-day workshop at the conference (Conference registration required)

June, 2018 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm: 2018 Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop (Scholarships available for educators)

Learn more about professional development opportunities here. 

Lecture Demonstrations

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 to discuss the possibility of holding a free lecture demonstration at your school.


Thank you to the generous supporters of these programs:



R. Harold Burton Foundation

Anonymous Donor

Numerous Individual Donors