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.”

Children’s Dance Theatre – Spring 2015 Concert This Weekend!

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

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!

 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.