Audience members are invited to move from their seats and Tanner Dance will invite audience members onstage participation in the beginning to explore ideas of how poetry and dance go hand in hand.
November 11, 2023 | 11 am & 1 pmWelcome to the 75th anniversary season of Tanner Dance! This year as we celebrate the legacy and long-standing history of this treasured arts institution, we want to begin at the very start, where dance as a language begins for us. Whatever the inspiration, dance is a language, a moving language that creates a beautiful visual image that is fleeting and lingering. In honor of our 75th anniversary, we are excited to share Dance Speaks, a collection of dance and poetry that will fill you up with the joy of creativity.
Virginia Tanner created the Tanner Dance Program in 1949, and today the program continues to nurture an appreciation of dance, music, literature, theater and visual arts in a beautiful home, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. The program reaches over 40,000 children and adults throughout Utah each year through Children’s Dance Theatre, the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance and Studio Program with classes on the University of Utah campus and in satellite locations throughout Utah, the Arts in Education Program, the Fine Arts Preschool and French Immersion Preschool, and Dancers with Disabilities programs for children and adults. Tanner Dance 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. Virginia Tanner’s vision of creating joyous, worthwhile human beings through dance and the arts has become an enduring seventy-five-year legacy. Since its inception, the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program has brought the joy and positive influence of the arts into the lives of more than one million students, teachers, and community members. Today, the Tanner Dance Program is different, yet remarkably the same. The organization is much larger and serves a broader range in its growing community, but Miss Virginia’s founding philosophies are the guiding principles. The tradition continues: roots, strong training in the art form of dance, and wings, the nurturing of imagination and creativity.