Children’s Dance Theatre Program

Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT), the performing arm of the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program, was established in 1949 by Virginia Tanner. The company of 280 young dancers, ages 8 through 18, performs for more than 30,000 Utahns annually. Under Mary Ann Lee’s artistic direction since 1979, the organization continues to grow in size and programming, earning state, national, and international recognition. CDT, the second-oldest performing arts organization in Utah, celebrates its sixty-eighth anniversary this year. Every spring, CDT showcases an original work at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City with matinees for school-age children and special populations. The company performs regularly with support from various private and public funding sources.

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Photo: Jeff Allred


CDT Major Past Performances

Comparison of Virginia Tanner Creative Dance & CDT 2017-2018