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.

Winter Gala

Tanner Dance Winter Gala

Join us for our Winter Gala concert and fundraiser February 26 and 27, 2021! This event features two live-streamed performances by the Children’s Dance Theatre and the Contemporary Companies, along with a virtual auction in support of our Tanner Dance Scholarship Fund. Celebrate a new year with us with a weekend of dance and community giving!


Thank you to our Winter Gala Sponsors: Cynthia Pepper, Edgar and Anna Cataxinos, and the Dee Family! 


Hope – Friday, February 26 at 5:00 PM

The Tanner Dance Children’s Dance Theatre will perform Hope, a celebration of our connections, creativity, and resiliency during this past year. Each CDT class will share original choreography and a vision of hope for the future.

Polymath – Saturday, February 27 at 5:00 PM

Presented by the Tanner Dance Contemporary Companies, Polymath is an eclectic collection of new student choreography. Enjoy the polarity of artistic expression as these dancers share their unique perspectives.

Tickets are $10 each and includes links for both performances. Once you purchase your ticket you will be emailed a link and password to watch the shows live on February 26 and 27.

Artists and arts organizations are struggling during this time of COVID. Your ticket purchase is a valuable contribution to the Tanner Dance program. Your support will help us continue to create worthwhile human beings, one dancer at a time. Thank you!

Performance links will be sent by email 3 days prior to the event (February 23) and again on the days of the event at 1:00 PM (February 26 and 27).


Our virtual auction is now live until Friday March 5th at 11:59 pm. You can now explore and bid on all available items to support our dancers from the safety of your home. Please click the button below to join the virtual auction. Have questions? We also have a handy user guide for the auction site, also linked below.


Summer Camp Registration

Registration is now open for our summer classes and camps! Please visit here for more information.

Fine Arts Preschool Registration

Registration for the Fine Arts Preschool opens January 25th.

To be eligible for the Fine Arts Preschool for the 2021-2022 school year, your child's date of birth must be on or before 3/1/2018.

How to apply:

  1. Please send a scan of the following to tannerdance@utah.edu: Application for the 2021-2022 school year completed and signed; A copy of your child's birth certificate or passport
  2. Call the Tanner Dance office at 801-581-7374 to pay the $50 application fee over the phone

Due to COVID protocols, our building is currently not open to the public.  Please make arrangements with the office if you need to come in person to apply rather than applying via email. Thank you!

Virtual Open House of our Fine Arts Preschool


FAP Virtual Open House from Tanner Dance on Vimeo.

Thank you wonderful donors!

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.

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