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.

Studio Ballet Program: Nutcracker Delights


Nutcracker Delights

Friday, December 3 at 6:30 PM at Tanner Dance

We are happy to announce our annual Nutcracker Delights performance featuring our Tanner Dance Ballet classes.  Come enjoy our Tanner Ballet students dancing to Tchaikovsky’s magical score on Friday, December 3 in the Black Box Theatre. This is an opportunity to see students performing as well as enjoy a bit of traditional holiday fun.

Please note, this performance is limited to 2 audience members per performer due to limited available seats.

Tickets are "will call" and you will check in at table in the lobby of Tanner Dance.



Winter Break

Our fall session ends December 4th for our studio classes and most programs. We are back in the studio beginning January 3, 2022. Have a safe, happy, and peaceful winter break!



Fine Arts Preschool

Fine Arts Preschool Registration for 2022-2023 School Year

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on January 24, 2022.

To be eligible to apply for the 2022-2023 school year, your child's birthdate must be 3/1/2019 or earlier.

The Fine Arts Preschool provides children, ages 3½ to 6, with rich opportunities to experience dance, music, drama, creative writing, literature, and the visual arts. Hands-on involvement in three to four art forms daily helps children grow through experience and find joyful ways to express themselves, nurturing development of the whole child. The Fine Arts Preschool Program offers a 2-Day (Tuesday/Thursday), 3-Day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), or 5-Day (Monday-Friday) option. Program runs from 9 am - noon.

Handbook and application will be available on January 24th.

FAP Virtual Open House from Tanner Dance on Vimeo.

French Immersion Program

La Maison des Enfants French Immersion Program 2022-2023

Informational Meeting for our French Immersion Program for the 2022-2023 school year will happen on Saturday, January 29th. We will open registration for this meeting soon. Please watch this space for more information.



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.

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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