Professional Development & Training

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.


Move! Learn! Dance! Math!

This four part workshop provides teachers with strategies, tools and actual lessons with students that gets students out of their seats to move and dance math concepts.  Dance and movement provides students with awareness, and control of the body and mind while testing boundaries and creating new possibilities.

Join four master teachers from Tanner Dance, Ashley Boyack, Rachel Kimball, Mary Ann Lee and Tina Misaka, as they share K-6th grade classes where they move and dance students and teachers through the elements of dance and mathematical concepts that include:  number sense, patterns, addition, money, time, angles, shapes, perimeter and much more.  Each 15 minute instructional video is camera ready to implement in an in-person or virtual classroom.

Integrated Dance Lessons for Teachers

The University of Utah Tanner Dance Program has created the following dance lessons to support integrating dance into the curriculum. As time goes on, more videos will be added to support teacher and students experiences in dance education. We have separated the lessons by Math, Science, Language Arts, and Math.

Integrating Fine Arts into the Curriculum Workshop Series 2020/21


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 and will repeat the 2nd Tuesday of the month online via ZOOM. After registering you will receive the links and password for the virtual meetings.

Sessions are from 4:00-5:30 PM.
Teachers may earn .5 USBE in-service, or 11 relicensure points.

For more information or questions please contact


Tuesday, October 6                4:00-5:30 Dance

Tuesday, October 13                4:00-5:30 Dance


Tuesday, November 3            4:00-5:30 Drama

Tuesday, November 10          4:00-5:30 Drama


Tuesday, December 1            4:00-5:30 Visual Art

Tuesday, December 8          4:00-5:30 Visual Art


Tuesday, January 5                4:00-5:30 Music

Tuesday, January 12              4:00-5:30 Music


Tuesday, February 2              4:00-5:30 Dance

Tuesday, February 9            4:00-5:30 Dance


Tuesday, March 2                   4:00-5:30 Class Share

Tuesday, March 9                 4:00-5:30 Class Share

Tanner Dance Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop

Summer Teacher Workshop

Monday-Friday, June 21-25, 2021

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, 3.0 USBE 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 22nd at 8:00 pm.

Tuition scholarships are provided for the first 25 registrants. Once all scholarships are reserved, tuition is $300.

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 Amy to reserve your school’s seats for the spring matinee: