"I believe the preschool philosophy is well grounded in arts education principles, which give children the best possible foundation for the academic work to come, as well as a personal predisposition for finding pleasure in the world around them."
Polly Parkinson, FAP parent, December 2002
Misha began her career performing with the Children’s Dance Theatre in 1979. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and returned to teach in the Virginia Tanner Arts for the Young and Dance/Art programs. 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.
Julie 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.
Sue began her dance career at age seven with the Children’s Dance Theatre and considers her years performing, training, and later teaching under the tutelage of Virginia Tanner invaluable. She received a BA from Brigham Young University where she toured and performed with the Young Ambassadors, the Performing Dance Company, and in musical theater. Sue has trained with Bella Lewitzky, Betty Jones, José Limón, and received a scholarship for her choreography to study with Alwin Nikolais. She has performed and taught in Sweden (her husband’s home country) and since returning to Tanner Dance, she has taught in the Artists in the Schools, Children’s Dance Theatre, Fine Arts Preschool and studio classes.
Amy is an experienced, creative and energetic instructor who teaches for the joy of making music. She is a certified music educator who is licensed in the State of Utah, and has taught music for over 16 years in private and international schools in Utah, Hawaii, Venezuela, China and the Czech Republic. Amy holds a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and a M.S. in International Education from Framingham State University. She is an instrumentalist who has performed in an abundance of settings and her areas of expertise are on the oboe and saxophone. Amy has taught a wide range of musical subjects, including band, choir, hula, guitar, piano and general music to children from birth through eighteen. Amy is passionate about early childhood music education and is an active member of the Utah Orff-Schulwerk Association and National Association for Music Educators. The diversity of her experiences is an asset to the students she teaches. Amy believes that everyone deserves to be musical, and looks forward to sharing her love of music with your children.
Mimi Skola Silverstein
Mimi 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 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.