MasterBrandRevConfident 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.”

Summer Registration Available

LT3Y4505Sad that classes are coming to an end? Don’t worry! You can register for week-long summer camps and three or six-week studio classes for every age and interest. Happy summer dancing.

Summer Camps

Studio Classes






Tanner Dance Studio Show

What Do You Do Book Cover

Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program students from kindergarten through adult (and including our Dancers with Disabilities students) will perform “What Do You Do With an Idea?” at Kingsbury Hall May 16. More info. 







Utah Inclusive Arts Festival – May 30, 2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm



The Utah Inclusive Arts Festival will be held at the Tanner Dance Building on May 30, 2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm. Participants will interact in dance, theatre and music from leading arts educators.  The Festival is designed to promote arts integration and learn how to build bridges of success for individuals with disabilities.

Come and participate in engaging workshops as families, educators and communities!

CEU’s available to educators

Students (3-21) FREE!
Adults $10


Detour Theatre Workshop:  A workshop designed for those who teach children and adults with disabilities

Participants may attend one session or both sessions.  The workshop is free and sponsored by the Michael and Doris Lawson Foundation.  Tanner Dance is honored to present Sam and the Detour Theatre Workshop

This interactive workshop is an overview of practical adaptations that have been developed by Detour Company Theatre over the past fourteen years and thirty shows.  The workshop invites participants to take their own personal “detour” in terms of playing games, teaching and celebrating the right of all people to take their place on stage.

Workshop Presenter: Sam, Detour Company Founder and Director

Location:  Tanner Dance, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex,

1721 Campus Center Drive,

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah


Phone:  801-581-7374

One or Two Day Workshop Option:

May 22:  4:00-6:00 PM & May 23:  1:00-4:00 PM



Learn about other professional development opportunities at Tanner Dance for educators here.