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.”

Crumb is back!

See the upcoming Children's Dance Theatre production of "Crumb and the Pirates" ~ April 24 & 25, 2015.  Tickets: 801-355-ARTS or

Children’s Dance Theatre will perform Crumb and the Pirates at Sandy Amphitheater on June 23 and at Utah Arts Festival on June 27. Learn more.

Summer Fun Happening Now

LT3Y4662 Cropped

Register for week-long summer camps and three or six-week studio classes for every age and interest. Happy summer exploring!

Summer Camps

Studio Classes

Summer Building Access

Phase 1 Construction Entrance Map

Summer is construction season at the University, and portions of Campus Center Drive will be blocked off during the summer months. As of now, please enter and exit Campus Center Drive on 1800 E to access Tanner Dance. Thanks for understanding!


envelope small