Performing Arts News

BYU performing groups serve throughout the world during summer tours.     

Every spring and summer for the past 50 years, a select number of BYU students are given the opportunity to "go forth to serve" while performing around the globe, from quaint towns nestled in the Midwest to some of the world’s most exotic destinations.

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Ballroom Dance Company - Returning to China
When Lee and Linda Wakefield, codirectors of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, first traveled to China in the 1980s, ballroom dance was something the Chinese people had never seen before. However, during each visit the company made to China in the ensuing years, they noticed their beloved form of dance becoming increasingly popular—not just with the people but with the government as well. Now, 30 years since their very first visit to China, the BYU Ballroom Dance Company will return once again.

Contemporary Dance Theatre - Dancing to the East: A Special Encounter with China
As ambassadors for their school and for their country during their fall 2013 tour, The BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre, brought the spirit of the West to meet their dancing Eastern counterparts as they performed alongside the Beijing Dance Academy during the Chun Hua Qiu Shi Festival, in the National Center for the Performing arts in Beijing, China.

BYU Singers - Alumni Connections Around the Globe
In 1995 the BYU Singers sang at a Baptist church in Moscow, Russia, and for BYU Singers alumna Sandefur Schmidt, it was an experience she still reflects upon today. “I’ll never forget it,” she says. “When our performance ended people were not allowed to speak to us, but as we walked out into the street, the entire congregation poured out into the street too because they were so excited. Few of them could speak English, but with the smiles on their faces and the hugs, you just knew they loved what they had heard.”

Experiences like this, Schmidt says, stay with alumni even years later. And it is because of great alumni connections that the BYU Singers are preparing to tour to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in 2014.

Highlights Slide Shows:  Ballroom Dance Company to China Summer 2008
                                   Ballroom Dance Company to Blackpool England 2007  |  Dancers' Company to The Caribbean 2007

BYU Touring History Video     High Speed | Low Speed
This video shows where our performing groups have visited since 1952. Each time a country flashes, it is a new visit to that area.

BYU Touring History Maps     Symbol Map | Heat Map
See where BYU ensembles have performed over the last 40 years.