salt lake dance

Confident that the use of wholesome, creative activity would allow children to develop alert minds, healthy bodies, and strong character, Virginia Tanner established the Tanner Dance Program in 1937. An important pioneer and visionary, she dreamed of bringing “a measure of beauty into the life of a child.”

The Tanner Dance Program is an arts auxiliary of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah and is dedicated to the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. Inherently, the program nurtures an appreciation of dance, music, literature, theatre, and the visual arts.

The Tanner Dance Program remains committed to Virginia Tanner’s original mission – creating worthwhile human beings who contribute to their community. This unique vision of giving students the opportunity to share their own voices through the arts has grown every year and today the program serves more than 30,000 students annually at the University of Utah and in our community through the organization’s programs and services.

“Creating Worthwhile Humans – One Dancer at a Time.”

Donate to Tanner Dance

Summer Camp Registration is Going Fast

Registration for summer camps is now available, and camps are filling fast. Get ready for the summer of creation.


Summer Studio Session

Summer studio classes are a great way to keep your technique up or learn a new form of dance. Choose from 3 or 6-week options.

ChildrensDance.169c_JDA_1566 Crop

Utah Inclusive Arts Festival

Join us Saturday, May 21 for an integrated arts festival for children and adults.




envelope small