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 2019/20


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, language arts, science, social studies and life skills.  Classes meet the first Tuesday of the month at Bennion Elementary and repeat the second Tuesday of the month at Mountain View Elementary.  Sessions are from 4-5:30PM.  Teachers may earn .5 USBE in-service, or 11 relic-ensure points. Salt Lake School District teachers receive a stipend for attending all six workshops in the series. For more information or questions please contact


Tuesday, October 1                4:00-5:30 Bennion Elementary

Tuesday, October 8                4:00-5:30 Mountain View Elementary


Tuesday, November 5            4:00-5:30 Bennion Elementary

Tuesday, November 12          4:00-5:30 Mountain View Elementary


Tuesday, December 3            4:00-5:30 Bennion Elementary

Tuesday, December 10          4:00-5:30 Mountain View Elementary


Tuesday, January 7                4:00-5:30 Bennion Elementary

Tuesday, January 14              4:00-5:30 Mountain View Elementary


Tuesday, February 4              4:00-5:30 Bennion Elementary

Tuesday, February 11            4:00-5:30 Mountain View Elementary



Tuesday, March 3                   4:00-5:30 Bennion Elementary

Tuesday, March 10                 4:00-5:30 Mountain View Elementary



Location: Bennion Elementary

Tuesdays: October 1, November 5, December 3,  January 7, February 4, and March 3

4:00-5:30 pm


Location: Mountain View Elementary

Tuesdays: October 8, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, and March 10

4:00-5:30 pm

Tanner Dance Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop

Summer Teacher Workshop

Monday-Friday, June 22-26, 2020

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Come explore the excitement of dance and visual art integration into academic curriculum. Workshop Includes:

  1. Instruction on teaching dance and visual art in a K-6 setting.
  2. Lesson plans that integrate the arts into math, science, language arts, and social studies curriculum. There will be a special focus on math this year.
  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 Midway. Transportation and meals are provided on this day.
  7. 38.00 relic-ensure 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 23rd at 8:00 pm.

Tuition scholarships are provided for the first 25 registrants. Once all scholarships are reserved, tuition is $250 (plus the $75 material fee which equals $325).

Materials Fee for All Participants: $75.00

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


Curriculum to Performance Workshops 2020

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

Information about 2020 Curriculum to Performance Workshop coming soon.

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: