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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.

Corvid-19 Updates

Dear Tanner Dance families,

We want to let you know that Tanner Dance is taking a proactive approach in how we are monitoring, preparing, and analyzing any and all new developments surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and safety of our dancers, families, and staff is our highest priority, and we are committed to providing a clean and safe environment. We are following all governmental guidelines, and instructions from the University. Extra precautions for extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place.

We will continue all our programming as usual. Currently, there are no plans to cancel events. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on any changes. If there is any movement on closing the university or cancelling events, we will contact you immediately, and we are working on contingency plans for classes and performances should this happen.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit To receive campus alerts, please visit to download the app. Please feel free to contact our office at 801-581-7374 if you have any questions or concerns.


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The University of Utah Tanner Dance Program Children's Dance Theatre Presents


The University of Utah Children's Dance Theatre presents: INVENTION

If you could travel to any moment in history, where would you go?

A young inventor named Emma has created the world's only fully functional time-travel wristwatch. She seizes the opportunity to visit the workshops and labs of her childhood heroes: Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell... But time travel can be dangerous. Despite her care to avoid disturbing the past, Emma soon discovers that dozens of inventions are somehow disappearing from history. Now it's up to her to find out where the past went wrong.

Come join the Children's Dance Theatre at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre for a lighthearted celebration of the spirit of ingenuity, brought to the stage through inventive dance, costumes and music.


School matinees April 2 & 3. Schools/teachers, please contact Amy Buchanan if you are interested in having your class(es) attend these free performances.

Public performances April 3 at 7:30 pm and April 4 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets will go on sale to the public through ArtTix beginning February 24. Please check back for more info.


Countdown to Concert: Time

Countdown to Concert: Writing

Countdown to Concert: Radi8

Countdown to Concert: Leonardo Da Vinci

Countdown to Concert: Telephone

Countdown to Concert: Oids

Summer Camps and Classes at Tanner Dance

Registration for summer camps and classes is now open!



Tanner Dance Contemporary Companies Auditions 2020-2021

In Motion Dance Company (7th and 8th Grades):
Audition Tuesday, May 19th 4:00-5:30 pm

In Motion Dance Company is a performing group at Tanner Dance for dancers entering 7th and 8th grade. The focus of this company is to provide dancers with strong and versatile technique, in-depth creative processing skills, and more opportunities on stage. Curriculum focuses on contemporary and ballet technique, as well as improvisation and composition. Company members learn and perform choreography by guest choreographers, Tanner Dance staff, and students in the program. Click here for more information about In Motion and the audition.

Momentum Dance Company and Tipping Point Company  (9th through 12th Grades):
Audition Tuesday, May 19th 6:00-8:00 pm

Momentum Dance Company and Tipping Point Dance Company are performing groups for dancers entering 9th-12th grade. These programs are designed for students who are committed to their own growth as dancers within a disciplined work environment. 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.

The program connects dancers to professional dance artists and university programs through master classes and choreographic projects. Curriculum focuses on contemporary and ballet technique, as well as improvisation and composition. Company members learn and perform choreography by guest choreographers, Tanner Dance staff, and students in the program. Click here for more information about Momentum and Tipping Point Companies and the audition.

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 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