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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 2017-2018 school year in this POPS Report.

Your donations help support 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.

Tanner Dance Side by Side Residency Teaching Program

School Matinee Performances



The Umbrella

A family of scientists dreams of exploring the cosmos with their magical umbrella ship, The Stargazer. Disaster strikes their planet, Pluvia, and the world becomes dark and isolated. When their mother mysteriously disappears, twin siblings Stella and Leo set off with their father across the galaxy to find her. As they journey to distant worlds, they discover the key to returning light and hope to their home.






Thursday, March 21, 2024

Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

10:00 am and 12:30 pm

Please contact Jared Thomson at 801-581-7374 or to reserve your school’s free seats for matinee performances of The Umbrella.


Friday, March 22, 2024

Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre

10:00 am

Please contact Jared Thomson at 801-581-7374 or to reserve your school’s free seats for matinee performances of The Umbrella.

Professional Development Workshops

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.

Lecture Demonstrations

Children’s Dance Theatre bring 40 students and one live musician to numerous elementary schools throughout the year to provide an assembly that explores the elements of science through dance with our latest performance, Salt. 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 Jared Thomson at 801-581-7374 or to discuss the possibility of holding a free lecture demonstration at your school.