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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.

Tanner Dance Classes

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.