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Creative Dance Classes

Our creative dance classes focus on the development of the whole child. Dancers develop technique through traditional modern and ballet exercises. In addition, they exercise their creativity and imagination as they explore the elements of dance through age appropriate movement. Dancers are given opportunities to improvise, engage in creative problem-solving, and grow in cognitive, social, and emotional ways as they interact in each class. All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians to expose dancers to a variety of musical genres. Kindergarten and older classes will participate in one proscenium performance each year at Kingsbury Hall as part of the annual spring Tanner Dance Studio Show.

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PARENT-TOT CLASSES

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

The innovative Tanner Dance Parent-Tot classes are designed to cultivate the joy of dancing and movement while encouraging exploration through creative ideas and springboards. Each class incorporates age-appropriate technique and experiences that promote whole body development. Children are introduced to various movement concepts such as galloping, skipping, sliding, running, leaping, jumping, and hopping, fostering a sense of spatial awareness and coordination. Throughout the classes, dancers engage with shape, space, rhythm, songs, and literary elements, enhancing their expressive capabilities. Live accompaniment by experienced musicians further enriches the experience, fostering a natural connection between music and movement. In Parent Tot I and Parent Tot II, children participate alongside a parent or caregiver, while in Parent Tot III, dancers independently explore the class under the guidance of the teacher while parents wait in the lobby outside the classroom.

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PRESCHOOL CREATIVE DANCE (3½-5 YEARS)

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

Creative Dance Classes focus on the joy of moving and the exploration of creative ideas through movement.  The class includes age-appropriate technique or exercises for the whole body.  It introduces the preschool child to ways to move through space like galloping, skipping, sliding, running, leaping, jumping and hopping.  Dancers explore shape and space, rhythm and songs, qualities of moving, and many forms of literature.  Teachers use preschool curriculum springboards that they creatively weave into the dance class.  All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians.  Children learn to be independent and to interact with a teacher and their peers.

The Dance and Art class is a two hour class with time dedicated to both dance and visual art. Teachers may use dance and visual art concepts such as shape, line, color, texture, or pattern as springboards for exploration and creation, and then culminate with visual art and dance compositions.  Children will dance in the dance studio, have a short break and snack, then move to the visual art studio.

Please see music add-on class options and descriptions below. Tuition includes a $15 materials fee.

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All Boys

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

All boys dance classes are designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance and to get boys moving.  Classes develop coordination, balance and agility, skills necessary in all sports and physical education and focus on the joy of moving and the exploration of creative ideas through movement.  The classes include age-appropriate technique or exercises for the whole body and introduce ways to move through space like galloping, skipping, sliding, running, leaping, jumping and hopping.  All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians. Students perform at Kingsbury Hall in a year-end performance.

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ELEMENTARY CREATIVE DANCE KINDERGARTEN-SECOND GRADE

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

Creative Dance classes focus on training the body as an instrument, the introduction of the elements of dance:  space, time and energy, and self-expression through the exploration of creative ideas through movement.  The class includes age-appropriate technique or exercises for the whole body. The class introduces the young dancer to ways to move through space like galloping, skipping, sliding, running, leaping, jumping and hopping.  Dancers explore shape and space, rhythm, both metric and breath, and qualities of movement.  Teachers use literature and other elementary curriculum springboards that they creatively weave into the class.  All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians.  Children attend classes alone but parents are invited to watch on the first day of class, during parent participation and observation at the end of the semester.  All students kindergarten and above perform at Kingsbury Hall in a year-end performance.

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CREATIVE DANCE THIRD-SIXTH GRADE

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

Tanner Dance classes for upper elementary students focus on training the body as an instrument, the introduction of the elements of dance:  space, time and energy, and self-expression through the exploration of creative ideas through movement.  The class includes technique or exercises for the whole body which build strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, balance and grace.  Dancers work at the barre and learn basic ballet and modern dance vocabulary throughout the class.  Dancers learn to do basic jumps, leaps and turns and explore shape and space, rhythm, both metric and breath, and qualities of movement as they improvise and create dances.  Teachers are aware that some dancers are preparing to audition for junior high dance companies and will work to prepare dancers for the audition process.  All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians.  Dancers attend classes alone but parents are invited to watch on the first day of class, during parent participation and observation at the end of the semester.  All students perform at Kingsbury Hall in a year-end performance.

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JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

Junior High and High School Dance is an exciting and sophisticated adventure.  Teachers strive to make these young dancers as versatile as possible in all genres of dance with a sound focus on training the body as an instrument, the introduction of the elements of dance and self-expression and confidence through movement. The class includes technique that builds strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, balance and grace.  Dancers work at the barre and learn basic ballet and modern dance vocabulary throughout the class.  Dancers learn to do jumps, leaps and turns and explore shape and space, rhythm, both metric and breath, and qualities of movement as they improvise and create dances.  Teachers are aware that some dancers are preparing to audition for dance companies and will work to prepare dancers for the audition process.  All classes have live accompaniment by experienced and engaging musicians.  Parents are invited to watch on the first day of class, during parent participation and observation at the end of the semester.  All students perform at Kingsbury Hall in a year-end performance.

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STUDIO ENSEMBLE

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

Studio Ensemble classes are by placement and invitation. This class will focus on providing additional technical training, supplementary choreographic preparation, and rigorous work on performance aptitude. Please contact Joni Wilson at joni.wilson@utah.edu for additional information.

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Adult Modern Class

Classes begin the week of August 19, 2024

Tanner Dance adult classes are for dancers of all ages and levels of dance experience. These classes are designed to build a strong core, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, agility, control and grace. Classes include floor and/or barre work based on modern dance and ballet technique as well as Hatha yoga and Pilates. The class also includes moving through space and work in the creative process. Participants learn combinations and create their own movement as they choreograph dances.

We are looking forward to having you dance in person in our beautiful studio space and if that is not an option you may register and let us know that you will be joining us via zoom. You will receive an email with the zoom reservation link.

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SATELLITE CLASSES

Class Start Dates Vary by Location

Tanner Dance offers Creative Dance classes in select locations outside of our main campus in Salt Lake City. Our Creative Dance classes focus on the development of the whole child. Dancers develop technique through traditional modern and ballet exercises. In addition, they exercise their creativity and imagination as they explore the elements of dance through age appropriate movement. Dancers are given opportunities to improvise, engage in creative problem-solving, and grow in cognitive, social, and emotional ways as they interact in each class. Each class has a musical accompanist to expose dancers to a variety of musical genres. Kindergarten and older classes will participate in one proscenium performance each year at Kingsbury Hall as part of the annual spring Tanner Dance Studio Show.

See below for a listing of currently available Satellite Class locations.

The Brigham City Satellite is located at:
Brigham City Fine Arts Center
58 South 100 West
Brigham City, UT 84302

The Heber Satellite is located at:
The Fit Stop Health Club
345 W 600 S
Heber City, UT 84032

The Ogden Satellite is located at:
Eccles Community Art Center
2580 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401

 

The South Jordan Satellite is located at:
Daybreak Community Center
4544 W. Harvest Moon Drive
South Jordan, UT 84095

The Bountiful Satellite is located at:
South Davis Recreation Center
550 N 200 W
Bountiful, UT 84010