Encore Spring 2023

Living Legends

Music, Dance, and Ministering

A group of Living Legends performers capture the rhythms of Polynesia while dressed in the traditional garb of their ancestors

Both in the US and abroad, sunny skies and rolling hills have accompanied BYU Living Legends on their tours over the past 12 months.  

Following a successful tour across Mexico during summer 2022, Living Legends had the privilege of traveling to New Mexico and Texas in January this year. The group visited Farmington, Shiprock, Albuquerque, El Paso, and Alamogordo. In each city, Living Legends shared Polynesian, Native American, and Latin American culture through dance and music. During their stay, the ensemble put on five performances and hosted three outreach events. Highlights of the trip included their performance at the renowned National Hispanic Cultural Center and their assembly outreach at Shiprock High School, where they got to interact with, instruct, and make memories with students. 

Dancer Efrain Villalobos, pictured in ancestral Aztec clothing, represents the goal of Living Legends—connection with the Earth, each other, and those who have gone before.

In May, sunshine will again beckon Living Legends as they embark on an extended tour overseas to New Zealand and French Polynesia, where they will get to enjoy BYU’s famed experiential learning, including traveling to foreign countries, participating in culturally immersive experiences, and sharing their talents with the world. The ensemble will visit Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, and Wellington in New Zealand and Teva I Uta, Papeete, and Moorea in French Polynesia. Living Legends will perform their show Storytellers in these two countries and also participate in young adult Church activities and local outreaches.