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.

In Accord

In Accord: An Evening of Music and Movement

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM & 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 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, Creative Connections, LEADD, and the Auxiliary Dance Companies. Live accompaniment performed by both professional and student musicians will make for an exciting, art-filled evening!

A Taste of Fine Arts Preschool Workshop - January 28, 2019

Please come and enjoy a sampling of the Fine Arts Preschool curriculum, meet the faculty, and see the facility.

All interested, eligible children and their parents will have the opportunity for "hands on participation."

DATE: Monday, January 28, 2019
TIME: 1:00-2:30 pm
Tanner Dance  -1721 Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

To be eligible for the 2019-2020 Fine Arts Preschool year and Taste of FAP Workshop, children must have birth dates on or before March 1, 2016.

Due to space limitations, please no siblings or guests.

French Immersion Preschool and Kindergarten Open House

DATE: Saturday, February 2, 2019
TIME: 2:00 pm
Tanner Dance  -1721 Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Summer Camp Registration Opens February 5th

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.

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