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 2021/2022


This is a series of six year-long workshops that integrate the arts into the 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 via Zoom and will repeat the second Tuesday of the month in person at Liberty Elementary. You do not need to attend both weeks. You can choose to come in person one month and on zoom another month. Whichever week works best for your schedule. After registering you will receive the links and password for the virtual meetings.

Sessions are from 4:00-5:30

Teachers may earn .5 USBE in service, or 11 relicensure points

For more information or questions please contact

First week via zoom 4:00-5:30
October 5th
November 2nd
December 7th
January 4th
February 1
March 1st

Second Week in Person at a Salt lake City School from 4:00 - 5:30 PM:
Liberty Elementary School
1085 S Roberta St.
SLC, UT 84111
October 12
November 9th
December 14th
January 11th
February 8th
March 8th

Tanner Dance Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop 2021/2022

Summer Teacher Workshop

Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex
(1721 Campus Center Drive, SLC)

Come explore how to incorporate social and emotional learning with language arts, dance, and visual art.

  1. Instruction on teaching dance and visual art in a K-6 setting.
  2. Lesson plans that integrate the arts into language arts with social and emotional learning.
  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 relicensure hours, 3 USBE credits are no charge. University of Utah credit is available for an additional fee.
  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 $300.00
Non-Refundable Materials Fee for All Participants: $75.00
For any further information please contact Ashley Boyack at