Important Studio Calendar Update: University of Utah Hiatus

The University of Utah has scheduled a "circuit breaker" hiatus September 28 through October 11. During this time, no students, faculty, or staff are allowed on campus. This break is a preventative measure for COVID-19, as well as a public safety measure surrounding the Vice Presidential Debate being held at Kingsbury Hall. Tanner Dance will follow the university's directive and will not hold classes at the studio during this 2 week hiatus.

During the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 3, all Studio creative dance, ballet, and art classes will be held via Zoom. Please look for an email with your class's Zoom link and password.

Classes will NOT be held during the week of Oct. 5 - 10. Regular classes will resume in person at the studio beginning October 12.

In order to make up for the lost week in October, we are extending our fall session by one week in December. Our fall session will now finish on December 12.

If you have students in CDT, Fine Arts Preschool, Contemporary Companies, LEADD, or Elevate, please look for additional communication regarding those schedules.

Thank you for your flexibility during this time. We love dancing with you!


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 over 40,000 children and adults throughout Utah each year.

COVID-19 Updates

Tanner Dance is open and holding onsite classes this fall, under a very thorough and rigorous health and safety plan

Read the details regarding our reopening plan here.

Read our Frequently Asked COVID Questions here.

Watch our Dancer Training Video to learn how to come back to the studio safely here.

Tanner Dance At Home: While we had closed our onsite classes, we continued to provide creative educational resources to families staying home. Click here to visit our Online Education and Outreach page. 

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 Dance Year!

Please watch this brief video detailing our new procedures so we can all dance together safely!



Registration for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 classes

Registration for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 is open. Please click the button below for class options.



A Compassionate and Inclusive Community

To our Tanner Dance community,

We empathize with and share the sadness and frustration that so many in our community are feeling for the many victims of racism, inequality, and violence. At Tanner Dance, we value every child’s unique voice, and are committed to providing a safe, inclusive space for all to create and express themselves. We are dedicated to contributing to a more just and equitable society.

We are increasing our efforts to make the Tanner Dance experience accessible to diverse communities through our scholarship program, Creative Connections class, and outreach into Title One schools, rural areas, and community programs. Our goal is to create a pathway to success that empowers our students to contribute positively to their community no matter their race, faith, gender, or social economic status.

As the flagship university, the University of Utah is positioned to support state leaders in their efforts to shape criminal justice reform, promote social justice and equity, and address pervasive racism. This spring, university leadership began campus conversations designed to bring community leaders and scholarly experts together in search of understanding and solutions to racism, oppression, and hatred.

Please know that all our Tanner Dance faculty and staff are fully committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive community for all.



Welcome to Tanner Dance!

Virginia Tanner began teaching children’s dance classes in the early 1940s,  but it was in 1949 when the Children’s Dance Theatre gave its first official performance at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. We mark the beginning of this incredible program of dance for children from that time when Doris Humphrey, a leader in American modern dance first saw Virginia’s small company perform and wrote to Virginia, “Your children have left an indelible impression with me of true creative dance.  Your children offer a wonderful proof of the power of the young artist, guided wisely, untarnished by dogma or routine, un-stereotyped and lovely.  This source of fresh ideas in dance-art is a treasure house to which you have found the key.  Only to one who believes in children and understands them could this treasure have been unlocked. Congratulations for bringing Children’s Dance Theatre to reality, and for being its faithful guardian and creator. Their performance I saw in Salt Lake gave me a lift in spirit which I shall always remember.  I think beautiful children dancing have more to teach us than we have to teach them.”


Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT), the performing arm of the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program, was established in 1949 by Virginia Tanner. The company of 280 young dancers, ages 8 through 18, performs for more than 30,000 Utahns annually. Under Mary Ann Lee’s artistic direction since 1979, the organization continues to grow in size and programming, earning state, national, and international recognition.


Please refer to your Tanner Dance eNews emails, or click below for important studio dates. Bookmarking our calendar on your computer and phone is a great way to stay up-to-date!

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex is currently NOT available for rental

We generally rent our facility for a wide range of events.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to not offer our spaces at least for the fall 2020. We may open our space again, but we don't have a timeline at the moment. Keep checking this page for information on when we might open our facilities for rent. Thank you.


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Tanner Dance is located in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex (BTSAEC) at the University of Utah.
1721 Campus Center Drive Salt Lake City, Utah 84112