Tanya was born and raised in Sandy, Utah. She gained an appreciation for music and movement early in life and danced competitively for over ten years as a young girl. She was also a member of and choreographer for Jordan High School's Dance Company.

During college, Tanya taught ballet, jazz, and hip hop to students aged 5-25 at several studios as well as the University of Utah Field House. 

Tanya graduated from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to earn her teaching certificate in secondary education from Brigham Young University Hawaii. Tanya currently teaches health and physical education at American Preparatory Academy, where she has also coached the school's dance company for the past two years. 

Tanya has a passion for health and wellness, which she incorporates into all of her dance and fitness classes.