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.”

Tanner Dance Classes

Tanner Dance studio dancers in class

Art experiences at Tanner Dance encourage students of all ages and experience levels to experiment, explore, and deepen understanding of all four art forms while making lasting connections. Classes fit a variety of schedules, experience levels, and interests.

Enroll your child today to help foster a love of movement and artistic expression.  Join us for adult classes, including yoga and ballet.  Sign up your teen for a Hip-Hop or jazz class. There is something for everyone!

Check out our class schedules and get registered today!

Children’s Dance Theatre – Spring 2015 Concert

CDT presents Crumb and the Pirates ~ April 24 & 25, 2015

Click here for performance details.

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

 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