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Open Auditions for JR High & High School - April 22, 2024

We are excited to announce that placement classes for the junior high and high school grades for Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) program are now open to the public for audition! The auditions will be held Monday, April 22, 2024 at Tanner Dance. We are thrilled to welcome new dancers to join us in our journey of growth and creativity. Our goal is to enhance the CDT experience for everyone by expanding our numbers and fostering a stronger sense of community. While not all new applicants will be accepted, every dancer has the chance to showcase their talent and potential.

Dancers entering 7th-9th grade for 2024-2025 will attend the audition from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Please sign up to audition HERE

Dancers entering 10th-12th grade for 2024-2025 will attend the audition from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Please sign up to audition HERE

  • Dancers need to bring a 1-2 minute solo
  • Dancers must arrive in a black leotard or tight fitting black shirt, with black leggings or dance pants. Hair must be pulled back.
  • Check in for the audition will be in the Tanner Dance lobby. The audition will take place on the second floor.
  • Parents are not allowed in the audition. Please drop dancers off in the front circle on the west side of the building accessed via 1725 East. Pick up will be on the east side of the building accessed via 1800 East.

To learn more about the Children's Dance Theatre, please watch the video below. Please contact our office with any questions at 801-581-7374 or

*CDT auditions for dancers entering 2nd-6th grade are by invitation.

**Current CDT members in JR High and High School will attend the placement class but do not need to bring a solo. 

Originally created by Virginia Tanner in 1949, Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) has grown into an internationally recognized company of 250 young dancers, ages 8 through 18. CDT presents a new work based on children’s literature each year with original choreography, music, costumes, and stage design. The company performs annually at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, numerous elementary schools, and other venues throughout Utah. CDT is the second-oldest performing arts organization in Utah.

Participation in CDT is by audition only. Please contact the office at with questions or for more information.


CDT Families: Be sure you are getting the CDT eNEWS for the most updated information. If not, please email to be added.

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Youth Protection Training

All adults are required to complete the online Youth Protection Training prior to volunteering at Tanner Dance. This training can be completed here:

Once you have completed the training, please email a copy of your completion certificate to

Credit is non-transferable between parents, meaning if one parent completes the training and background check, the other will not be able to participate in volunteer opportunities involving children like monitoring, carpool driving, etc. Please reach out to the office with any questions:


Background Checks

In addition to the training, at least one parent from each family (the parent who will be most involved with the studio i.e. monitoring, studio carpool driving, etc.) is required to initiate a background check, which will last for three years. Credit is nontransferable between parents.

The University also accepts documentation of a background check from a public school through a local school district from the past three years in lieu of this. You may send that documentation to


Once you complete the background check request form, Tanner Dance will initiate the process for you. Please look for an email from to complete your background check. 

Volunteer Recording System

Volunteer opportunity sign-ups and hours recording are now handled through TrackItForward. The 20 hour requirement will start over each June. Please use the form below to record volunteer hours.