TANNER DANCE

TANNER DANCE

Executive Director: Mary Ann Lee
Chief Advancement Officer: Emma Featherstone | (801) 581-4079 | emma.featherstone@utah.edu

Virginia Tanner created the Tanner Dance Program in 1949, and today the program continues to nurture an appreciation of dance, music, literature, theater, and visual arts in a beautiful home, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. The program reaches more than 40,000 children and adults throughout Utah each year through Children’s Dance Theatre; the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance and Studio Program, with classes on the University of Utah campus and in satellite locations throughout Utah; the Arts in Education Program; the Fine Arts Preschool and French Immersion Preschool; and Dancers with Disabilities programs for children and adults. Tanner Dance is an arts auxiliary of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah and is dedicated to the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service.

 

Tanner Dance has identified the following funding priorities for the Imagine New Heights campaign:

Promote Student Success to Transform Lives

  • Provide paid internships (undergraduates) or stipends for graduate students majoring in dance, education, or special education who wish to receive teacher training in the Tanner programs.
  • Create a scholarship endowment for all Tanner Dance programs for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to dance. This includes funds to support the community connections class, which is free to students from Tanner’s community partnership programs.
  • Provide access for students in elementary schools across the Wasatch Front through the Tanner Dance Side-by-Side Teaching Residency Program. Provide funding to Title 1 schools for training students and teachers through programs that integrate dance and academic curriculum.
  • Provide scholarships for students ages 4 to 60 who participate in Tanner Dance programs for children and adults with disabilities.

Develop and Transfer New Knowledge

  • Provide paid internships (undergraduates) or stipends for graduate students majoring in dance, education, or special education who wish to research the various programs at Tanner Dance.

Engage Communities to Improve Health and Quality of Life

  • Provide increased access to students and teachers in elementary schools across the Wasatch Front through the Tanner Dance Side-by-Side Teaching Residency Program.
  • Provide increased access to children and adults with disabilities through Tanner’s Dancers with Disabilities Program, Learning and Engaging through Arts Discipline and Development Program (LEADD), and the Elevate Theater Company.

Ensure Long-term Viability of the University of Utah

  • Create a scholarship endowment for all Tanner Dance student programs.
  • Create an endowment for the Tanner Dance Arts-in-Education Program.
  • Create an endowment for the Tanner Dance Dancers with Disabilities Program.
  • Provide funding for a new mechanical theater wall to replace the existing manual wall.