Fine Arts Preschool Faculty

Misha Moffat

Fine Arts Preschool Director

Misha Moffat

Fine Arts Preschool Director
Misha Moffat began her career performing with the Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) in 1979. She is trained in the philosophy of integrating dance and visual arts within The Arts for the Young and Dance/Art Programs developed by Virginia Tanner and Anne Cannon. Misha attended the University of Utah as a recipient of the Elizabeth R. Hayes scholarship in modern dance, graduating with her BFA in 1991, and returned to Tanner Dance as a member of the faculty. Misha is the Director of the Tanner Dance Fine Arts Preschool in which she celebrates over 27 years of teaching the visual arts and dance to students from all over the valley. She served as Miss Anne Cannon’s assistant from the founding of the Fine Arts Preschool in 1992, Administrative Assistant in 1995, and became director in 1999. She has presented at numerous professional development workshops and conferences for arts education, teaches summer art camps, and mentors both students and teachers in bringing the arts into the classroom. She has spent the last two decades teaching and choreographing for the Children’s Dance Theatre both at local, national, and international venues. Misha is currently the faculty co-advisor for the CDT Dancers’ Council, and the Director of the Tanner Dance Fine Arts Preschool.

Julie Goodro

Teacher

Julie Goodro

Teacher
Julie Goodro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Home Economics Education. She holds a number of certifications: Child Development Associate (CDA), Level 3 Kindermusik and Musikgarten Instructor, Orff Level 1, Kodaly Level 2, Music Together, Education through Music (ETM), and Beginning Suzuki Training. She has had several years of dance training. In 1993 she joined the Fine Arts Preschool faculty as a Music Specialist. Since 2004, Julie has also served on the board of the international Early Childhood Music & Movement Association.

Mimi Skola Silverstein

Teacher

Mimi Skola Silverstein

Teacher
Mimi Skola Silverstein has an extensive background in performing and teaching historical and contemporary dance forms. Her roots began with CDT and her wings took her traveling across the nation with Repertory Dance Theatre. She has taught for CDT, RDT, and in many settings from public elementary schools to colleges. She has worked extensively with Ann Riordan and the Work Activity Center for the mentally and physically challenged, teaching dance and work skills. She teaches the CDT third grade, as well as in the Fine Arts Preschool and for the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program.

Tad Simonson

Teacher

Tad Simonson

Teacher
Tad Simonson trained at the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program and performed with CDT for ten years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah. She has been on the faculty of the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program since 1985 teaching dance, working in outreach, with special populations, and as a member of the Fine Arts Preschool staff.

Eliza Ward

Teacher

Eliza Ward

Teacher

Rebekah Richards

Teacher

Rebekah Richards

Teacher
Rebekah Richards began her love for the arts at a young age. She danced at the University of Utah Tanner Dance studio, and was a member of the Children’s Dance Theater for over nine years and performed throughout the Salt Lake region. Miss Bekah’s dance training includes the Virginia Tanner philosophy of nurturing the whole child, and she continues that mindset in all of the classes that she teaches as she carries out her legacy. Miss Bekah’s interests evolved to also include the visual arts. She is currently studying fine arts with a focus on drawing and painting at Utah Valley University, and will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts degree in the spring. Miss Bekah’ has volunteered at several children’s programs throughout the Salt Lake Valley. She has assisted at the University of Utah Tanner Dance summer art camps, and at The Children’s Center; an agency specializing in child development and emotional well-being. She has always loved being around children, and we are thrilled that she is a part of the FAP team. Miss Bekah is a powerhouse of knowledge and we are delighted she has come full circle to share her experiences, knowledge, and passion of the fine arts with the Fine Arts Preschool.