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Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT), the flagship company 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. CDT, the second-oldest performing arts organization in Utah, celebrates its seventieth anniversary in 2019. Every spring, CDT showcases an original work at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City with matinees for school-age children and special populations. The company performs regularly with support from various private and public funding sources.

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


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Youth Protection Training

At least one parent from each CDT family is required to complete it in person this year (the parent who will be most involved with the studio i.e. monitoring, studio carpool driving, etc.), and it shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. As you attend one of these trainings, coordinators will collect your information and report your attendance to Tanner Dance. 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 if you still need to complete training.

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

After you have paid for a background check, Tanner Dance will automatically submit the request for you. Please look for an email from Certiphi to complete your background check. 

Volunteer Recording System

Volunteer opportunity sign-ups and hours recording are now handled through The 20 hour requirement will start overs at the beginning of each September. Please use the form below to record volunteer hours.