Mary Ann Lee Workshop

To demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child, highly acclaimed dance educator and performer Mary Ann Lee continues to provide annual workshops at Canada's National Ballet School.

This three hour workshop will focus on integrating dance into the academic curriculum for young children three to seven years of age. Mary Ann Lee will guide workshop participants through the materials, strategies, and best practices for integrating dance as an art form with other areas of the curriculum such as math, languages arts, science, social studies and life skills.

The intellectual, physical, and social skills taught through dance are basic and fundamental to the child’s success to function in other areas... The sit-at-your-seat style of learning, while appropriate for some kinds of education, does not fit all of the needs of the action-oriented child, nor does it lift the spirit and happily involve that total child in learning. The art spirit needs to permeate the education scene. The time is now.

— Dr. Naomi Rowan , after watching a Tanner Dance Arts-in-Education class



Moving toward Literacy: Creative Movement as a Learning Tool in the Early Years
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 10am - 1pm
Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street


  • No dance background is required for this workshop
  • Dance teachers interested in continuing professional development
  • Dance Assistants who want additional training for effectively teaching young children
  • Early Childhood Educators and students in education-focused post-secondary programs who want to incorporate Creative Movement in classes or community groups
  • Anyone 16+ who works with children and would like more strategies for successfully engaging children


10am: Observe as Mary Ann Lee teaches a class of three year old students. This unique opportunity allows workshop participants to observe the skills and strategies an expert dance educator uses throughout a class. This class features a live musician.

11am-1pm: Discuss Mary Ann Lee’s approach to Creative Movement for Early learners including rationale, teaching strategies and scenarios. Workshop participants will have time to ask questions and discuss as a group.


  • Knowledge of the basic principles of creative movement
  • Skills to structure and teach a movement to music class
  • Strategies to keep young children focused and engaged
  • Strategies for helping children cope with separation anxiety
  • A certificate that states the participant has successfully completed the workshop


Since 1979, Mary Ann Lee has been the director of the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program. In addition to her roles within the University of Utah, Ms. Lee is a master teacher and has been a dance specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists in Education Program where she travelled to schools through the United States. She has been a dance specialist for the Utah Arts Council since 1975. She has taught, performed and choreographed extensively in the United States, Canada, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Japan and China. 

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