LEADD Programs

The LEADD Program (Learning and Engaging through Arts Discipline and Development) is Tanner Dance’s arts and education program for adults with disabilities.  The LEADD Program teaches valuable life skills through dance, music, theater, and visual art, and incorporates lifelong learning through reading, creative writing, and science classes.  The LEADD Program is designed to give adults with disabilities a place to learn and grow as individuals as well as express themselves as artists through multiple artistic mediums and genres.  The LEADD Program participants will have the opportunity to perform and display their work in a year-end showcase.

The LEADD Program currently offers three classes each week during the fall and spring sessions.  Registration is per class.  All three classes will participate in the year-end showcase.

For ages 18+. 

LEADD Spring Showcase: April 8, 2022

LEADD Programs

The Monday “Literary Arts” class will focus on literature, visual art, and creative writing.

  • Literature will include thinking and engaging with on-level reading for adults with disabilities.  They will read graphic novels, fairy tales, and fiction.
  • Visual art will explore concepts such as shape, line, color, texture, and pattern and use class literature and writing as springboards for visual art composition.
  • Creative writing will contain thematic units working with students’ own ideas through pictures, tracing, and sentence structure.

The Tuesday “STEAM” class will focus on science, music, and dance.

  • Science will include investigation, problem solving, and hands on experiments through engaging, on-level science curriculum for adults with disabilities.
  • Music will increase participants’ knowledge in melody, rhythm, and dynamics while the class sings, composes, and performs together.
  • Dance will explore shape, space, rhythm, movement quality and include appropriate technique exercises for the whole body.  Teachers will utilize literature and ideas from science curriculum to engage students in creative movement exploration.

The Thursday “Fine Arts” class will focus on dance, visual art, and music.

  • Dance will explore shape, space, rhythm, movement quality and include appropriate technique exercises for the whole body.  Teachers will utilize literature and other springboards to engage students in creative movement exploration.
  • Visual art will explore concepts such as shape, line, color, texture, and pattern, and culminate in unique visual art compositions.
  • Music will increase participants’ knowledge in melody, rhythm, and dynamics while the class sings, composes, and performs together.