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Joni Urry Wilson began dancing at an early age with the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program and the Children’s Dance Thea- tre at the University of Utah. Joni was awarded the ER Hayes scholarship in dance at the University of Utah, where she re- ceived her honors BFA and was cited with an Orchesis award for outstanding performance. Joni received her MFA in dance per- formance and choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA.
She has taught dance to students of all ages and levels and most recently serves as a full-time dance specialist for the Tanner Creative Dance Program and the Children’s Dance Theatre at the University of Utah. Joni began dancing with Virginia Tanner as a child and has continued this unique, whole-child-centered training and philosophical methodology in her teaching. Joni specializes in creative dance for all ages and also enjoys teach- ing special populations. The philosophical basis that defines her work and artistry creates fun, inventive and purposeful experi- ences for her students. Joni offers classes for ages K-12, special population students, parent/child classes, teacher workshops, curriculum advisement, assessment and rubric development, and choreographic residencies.
She believes that when one has the true interest of children at heart there is a continual search for avenues to inspire, educate and increase their awareness of the world around them and give deeper meani