Tanner Dance at the University of Utah

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.

Children's Dance Theatre


Children’s Dance Theater presents its 70th Anniversary performance at the Capitol Theater March 22 & 23, 2019

Join the University of Utah Children's Dance Theatre as they present The Dancing Man, a moving portrayal of a creative life from beginning to end. In a poor village by the Baltic Sea, an orphan boy named Joseph receives a pair of silver shoes, and with them the courage to follow a secret dream. Over the years, Joseph dances his way down the road to the southernmost sea, dancing hope and delight into the lives of those who need it most, until at last it is time to pass the silver shoes — and the dancing man's destiny — to another boy. First staged by the Children's Dance Theatre in 1986, The Dancing Man pays eloquent tribute to the lifelong pursuit of a dream and the joy of dance.

Tickets for The Dancing Man are available at ArtTix Box Office locations beginning February 15th  by calling 801-355-ARTS (2787)/toll free 1-888-451-ARTS (2787), or online at www.arttix.org. Ticket prices: Adults: $18.50-$27.50, Children under 12: 50% discount, University Staff/Faculty: 25% off with valid ID (up to 5 tickets).



Children's Dance Theatre

Mary Ann Lee discusses "The Dancing Man"

Watch this brief video from KUED's "Contact" where CDT's Artistic Directory, Mary Ann Lee,  discusses The Children's Dance Theatre's production of "The Dancing Man" with Laura Durham.

Studio Show Spring Concert

A Collection of Treasures: Seventy YEars of Tanner Dance

Spring Studio Concert May 10th and 11th, 2019

Our studio classes present their spring concert, A Collection of Treasures: Seventy Years of Tanner Dance on May 10th & 11th. These performances  will be presented by dancers in kindergarten through adult classes at Tanner Dance.

Dancers and families, please click the link below for dancer information including rehearsal times and performance day.

Tickets will go on sale in April and will be available through Utah Presents at 801-581-7100 or online at www.tickets.utah.edu.


Summer Camp and Summer Class Registration is now open!

Tanner Dance will offer week-long summer camps for preschool through high school students. Camps are designed as half or full day programs, and they will run June 3 - August 2, 2019.

70th anniversary

Come join us as we kick off the 70th Year Anniversary of Tanner Dance. Although Virginia began teaching children’s classes in the early 1940s, 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 available for rental

Our facility is the perfect location for a range of events, and it hosts a black box theatre, six large studios with pianos, an outdoor deck, and an open lobby. Whether you are planning a wedding reception, corporate retreat, community meeting, or fundraising event, find yourself inside the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex. We also have space for film screenings, piano and dance recitals, and studio and rehearsal space. Our professional technical and event support staff are available to help you manage all aspects of your event.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex is truly a unique and vibrant space. All areas are accessible to persons with disabilities. All rentals need plenty of lead time, and even the smallest of rentals need at least two weeks.

For information, please contact Marian Kedziora at marian.kedziora@utah.edu or 801-587-3726.


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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