Adult Dance Classes

Adult Modern Dance Class

Tanner Dance adult classes are for dancers of all ages and levels of dance experience. These classes are designed to build a strong core, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, agility, control and grace. Classes include floor and/or barre work based on modern dance and ballet technique as well as Hatha yoga and Pilates. The class also includes moving through space and work in the creative process. Participants learn combinations and create their own movement as they choreograph dances.

Adult Modern Dance Class (VTAdult-19/20)

Tuesdays 7:30-8:45 pm


Fall 2019 Session: August 20-December 3

Spring: Spring 2019 Session: January 7-April 21 (Performance: May 9)

Full Year: $612.00

Spring Session: $346.00

Alumni Dance Class

Alumni Class with Jill Edwards

Fridays from 12:30 – 1:30 PM

January 10, 17, 31; February 7,14, 28

Capacity: 30


Adult Alumni Class  (ALUMC-19/20)

Fridays 12:30-1:30 pm

January 10, 17, 31; February 7, 14, 29 (6 classes)

Limited to 30 participants

Tuition: $90


Adult Qigong Class

Qigong is a practice from China that uses the theories and understandings of Traditional Chinese Medicine in a wholistic mind-body exercise— using conscious breathing practices and techniques integrated with body postures and flow movements.  This is a meditative movement that can increase ones resiliency, lower stress, boost the immune system, and improves ones energy and stamina.  Qigong is a practice for all ages and for all health, and fitness levels.

Melissa Faber is a Registered Nurse with a Master Degree in Health Psychology.  Her passion is in integrative therapies and healing practices. Melissa has studied and practiced several different forms of Qigong for over 7 years and is a certified Holden Qigong Instructor.

Adult Qigong Class

This class may be offered at a later date. Please check back.

Dance for Ages 50+

This class is designed for dancers and non-dancers fifty years and above who are interested in movement and dance as a restorative activity. The class will explore the possibilities of dance in protection against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Extensive studies* have proven that dance above all other tested behaviors protects against the ravages of brain disease. This class will be an approach to movement that maximizes cognitive involvement. Not only that, it will be fun and creative. Please join us for the journey.

The class will explore movement in terms of technique, style, energy, time and space and anything else we want.  Wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and shoes such as athletic shoes or dance sneakers that provide support and allow for flexibility.

*Studies include a 21-year study by Albert Einstein Medical School in New York City that found while frequent reading gave 29% protection and crossword puzzling 44%, dance gave 66% protection, the greatest protection of any activity in the study.

*A study from the University of Illinois, Urbana showed that control groups of fast walkers and non-specific movers declined in cognitive skill.  Dancers, on the other hand, not only did not lose cognitive proficiency, but made gains.

Claudia Cannon grew up and was educated in Salt Lake.  She credits that upbringing with her interest in the arts.  After training in California, Texas and New York with prominent choreographers and teachers, she came to realize how superior her Utah training was.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Modern Dance.  She has danced professionally in numerous musicals.   While living in Virginia she had her own dance program for over 20 years.  She was dance director for the McLean Children’s Theatre Workshop for 6 summers.  She has choreographed and directed musicals in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Intrigued with information citing dance as the only art that has proven to have lasting effects in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, Claudia has developed a curriculum that maximizes cognitive activity in dance.

50 and Better:  Dance/ballet (VTAb50)