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.

Elevate Theatre Company

The University of Utah Tanner Dance Elevate Theatre Company Presents


Peter Pan Jr.

Saturday, May 4th

Matinee Performance begins at 1:00 PM

Evening Performance begins at 7:00 PM

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, Mary Ann Walton Lee Black Box Theatre

1721 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT

Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up and the girl who has to. After finding his shadow in the Darling family nursery, Peter teaches Wendy, Michael and John how to fly and sweeps them off to Never Land, where they meet Lost Boys, mermaids, indians and, of course, pirates.  If the children are ever to return home, Peter must defeat Captain Hook with the help of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. Peter Pan JR. features classic songs from the 1953 film such as, “You Can Fly!,” “Following the Leader” and “The Second Star to the Right” as well as songs from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the 2008 Disney film Tinker Bell.

The Elevate Theater Company was established in January of 2016 and is comprised of over 30 actors and actresses with and without disabilities. The Elevate Theater Company is excited to show you how the arts can be accessible to everyone in the community and enjoyed by all.

Tickets: $5.00 

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. No food, drinks or photography are allowed in the theatre. Free parking is available in the Tanner Dance lot and in the parking structure just south of the building.

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.


Tipping Point Showcase


Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 pm
Friday, May 17 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts + Education Complex
1721 Campus Center Drive, SLC
Mary Ann Walton Lee Black Box Theatre

ADAPTATION: a form or structure modified to fit a changed environment

This year’s Tipping Point Showcase presents moving definitions of ADAPTATION. The members of Tipping Point, Momentum, and In Motion dance companies explore multiple interpretations of social, cultural, environmental, and artistic change. The showcase features 8 new choreographic works by the students, as well as choreography by Monica Cambell, Brooklyn Draper, Natalie Gotter, Haleigh Larmer, Nicholas Palmquist, Sarika Nayak, and Anne Marie Robson Smock.

Tickets are $10 each and are available online at tannerdance.utah.edu.

Each ticket is good for one show time only. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please no food, drinks or photography in the theatre.

Dance Company Auditions

The Tanner Dance Auxiliary Dance Companies are performing groups for junior high and high school dancers. The goals of the program are to train dancers to become technically strong and versatile movers; engaging, confident performers; inquisitive choreographers; and artistic community leaders. Curriculum focuses on contemporary and ballet technique, as well as improvisation and choreography. Classes are taught by Tanner Dance faculty and a variety of professional guest artists. Company members perform several times each year. Participation is by audition only.

In Motion Dance Company
Junior High Audition | Incoming 7th + 8th Grade
4:00 - 5:30 PM
For detailed information about In Motion and the audition, please click here.

Momentum Dance Company + Tipping Point Dance Company
High School Audition | Incoming 9th-12th Grade
6:00 - 8:00 PM
For detailed information about Momentum and Tipping Point and the audition, please click here.

Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year opens June 5th

Tanner Dance class registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open June 5th.
Classes will run August 19 - December 7, 2019 for the fall session and January 6- April 25, 2020 for the spring session.

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