Professional Development & Training

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.

Integrating Fine Arts into the Curriculum Workshop Series 2018/19

This is a series of six year-long workshops that integrate the arts into academic curriculum.  Each workshop focuses on an art form or integrated arts as they relate to other areas of the curriculum:  math, languages arts, science, social studies and life skills.  Classes generally meet the first Tuesday of the month and repeat the second Wednesday of the month.  Sessions are from 4-5:30PM.  Teachers may earn USBE in-service or lane change credit or University of Utah credit.  Salt Lake School District teachers receive a stipend for attending all six workshops in the series.

Schedule and credit information coming soon.

Location: Bennion Elementary

Tuesdays: October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th, January 8th, February 5th, March 5th

4:00-5:30 pm


Location: Meadowlark Elementary

Wednesdays: October 10th, November 14th, December 12th, January 9th, February 13th , March 13th

4:00-5:30 pm

Tanner Dance Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop

Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 2019

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex (1721 Campus Center Drive, SLC)

Come explore the excitement of dance, visual arts, drama and music as well as the integration of the arts into academic curriculum. Workshop Includes:

  1. Instruction on teaching dance, visual art, music, and drama in a K-6 setting.
  2. Lesson plans that integrate the arts into math, science, language arts, and social studies curriculum.
  3. Opportunities to observe Tanner Dance teachers working with students through classes and summer camps.
  4. Children’s literature is used as springboards for instruction and lesson plans.
  5. Workshop faculty includes seasoned Tanner Dance faculty members who have extensive experience working in the schools.
  6. The workshop includes a one-day retreat to a beautiful cabin in Weber Canyon. Transportation and meals are provided on this day.
  7. 38.00 relicensure hours, 2.50 USOE credits and University of Utah credit are available.
  8. Participants may attend an optional Children’s Dance Theatre performance at Sandy Amphitheater on Tuesday, June 20 at 8:00 pm.

Tuition scholarships are provided for the first 25 registrants thanks to the Arts Works for Kids Foundation. Once all scholarships are reserved, tuition is $250.

Materials Fee for All Participants: $75.00

Please note that the price per continuing education credit received form the University of Utah has increased this year. Please contact Ashley Boyack for further information regarding this at

Curriculum to Performance Workshops 2019

(no longer called “Infinity Model Professional Development Workshop”)

Along with the Utah State Board of Education, the Tanner Dance Program offers the Infinity Model Workshop, which is an event to prepare teachers and their students to attend the Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) spring concert, a fully-produced annual performance at the Capitol Theatre. Workshop participants will be prepared to use lesson plans provided by Tanner Dance faculty based on the CDT performance work. Participants will explore movement lesson plans and ideas as they work together to integrate dance and other art forms into the classroom setting. The first workshop will allow participants to explore lesson plans and ideas as they work together to integrate dance and visual art into the classroom setting. In the second workshop, teachers come together for colleague collaboration to discuss in-class implementation and learn about different elements of the performance, including costume design, musical composition, and choreography.

Two Saturdays: January 26 and February 9, 2019

1:00-4:00 pm

Tanner Dance

1721 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City


Educators who register for this conference may have the opportunity to bring their class to the 2019 CDT Capitol Theatre School Matinee performances, scheduled for the week of March 18, 2019. School matinee performances will be held on Thursday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m.  Please be advised that seating for the school matinee performances are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Marian to reserve your school’s seats for the spring matinee: