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.

Happy Martin Luther, Jr. King day!

Tanner Dance is closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther, Jr. King  Day.

Tickets now on sale for In Accord

In Accord: An Evening of Music and Movement


Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex
Mary Ann Walton Lee Black Box Theatre
1721 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT

This annual performance highlights the creative connection between music and dance. Come see dancers of all ages from a variety of Tanner Dance programs: Children’s Dance Theatre, Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program, Arts in Education, Adults with Disabilities, and the Contemporary Companies. Live accompaniment performed by both professional and student musicians will make for an exciting, art-filled evening!

Tickets are $10 each, or $40 for a family of 5.  

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Each ticket is valid for one show time only.

No food, drinks or photography are allowed in the theatre.

Free parking is available in the Tanner Dance lot and on the top level of the parking structure.



A Taste of Fine Arts Preschool Workshop

Monday, January 27, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

This free, hands-on workshop allows all interested, eligible children and their parents the opportunity to experience and participate in a sample curriculum, meet our faculty, and tour our beautiful facility.

  • Children must have birth dates on or before March 1, 2017 to participate in this workshop and be eligible to register for the Fine Arts Preschool for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Registration for the workshop will begin Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be available on January 27, 2020

French Immersion Program Informational Meeting

French Immersion Program Informational Meeting/Open House for the 2020-2021 School year

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Date: February 1, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Virginia Tanner Dance
1721 Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

This meeting is for all families interested in attending La Maison Des Enfants for the 2020-2021 school year. Get an overview of the program, meet faculty and staff, see the facility, and ask questions about our program.

La Maison Des Enfants is a French Immersion school. Classrooms are creative and nurturing enviornments limited to 14 students with a highly qualified, native-speaking teacher and an assistant, for a ratio of no more than 7 students per adult.

Preschool: Choice of a 3 or 5 days a week. Half day 9am-12:30pm. Full day 9am-3pm.
Kindergarten: 5 days a week, 9am-3pm.

Age and level-appropriate activities include:
French language | Stories | Songs
Writing | Math | Science | Cooking
Art | Music | Dance | Movement & Physical Exercise

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 available for rental

Our facility is the perfect location for a range of events.  Our complex hosts a black box theatre, six large studios with pianos, an outdoor deck, and 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. Please plan rentals with plenty of lead time, as even the smallest of rentals need at least two weeks preparation.

For information, please contact Amy Buchanan at amy.buchanan@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