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.”

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Zaniac Fall Break Camp

Tanner Dance and Zaniac are partnering on October 15 and 16 to bring an exciting new experience to 3rd and 4th graders! Students will spend two whole days combining STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts and art.


Thursday, October 15 & Friday, October 16

9:00 am – 3:30 pm


Please bring a sack lunch.

Tuition: $160

Call 801-997-8580 to register.

Music and Dance Class

In partnership with Gifted Music School, Tanner Dance will be holding a combined music and dance class for 2nd-4th graders on Friday afternoons. Learn more.


Adult Classes

Adult classes are now available on a drop-in basis. Take time out of your week to move and create. Learn more.

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Grandparents’ Week

Grandparents, please join us in classes the week of November 16-21. Register here to RSVP. We can’t wait to show you our new moves!

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