Performance Tours: On The Road Again

In 1926, a 100-voice choir, a twelve-piece orchestra, a thirty-two member ballet company, and lots of props set off from the Ricks College campus in a caravan of 20 automobiles. Their distinctive, first-ever Ricks road performance traveled to Blackfoot to perform Gounod's Faust to a very appreciative audience of 1,100 people.

This trip of less than 50 miles was the beginning of the performance tour program that in more recent years has built bridges of friendship and understanding across the United States, in Europe, South America, Asia, and the isles of the sea. Performers display a noticeable unity and joy in their purpose. After touring in Europe with the folk dancers, Krista Johnson said, "It is so fun to share our testimonies through our talents."

Support for the performance tours comes from the Endowment for the Arts and the multitude of host families who graciously open their homes to the traveling troupes. Students pay tour fees and give of their own time and talents for the opportunity to participate. They come face to face with demanding daily travel and performance schedules but also find wonderful spiritual experiences, greater awareness of potential, and the realization of worldwide brotherhood and sisterhood. As Emily Campbell explained after participating in a dance tour to Brazil, "We brought a light with us, and they gave us so much in return. Both sides sacrificed, and both were greatly blessed."

Over the years some of the group names have changed. Programs once included Vahalla Dancers, Extravadance, American Folk Dancers, Showtime Company, and New Freedom Singers. In 2002 BYU-Idaho student performers will tour as Dance Alliance (combining ballroom and contemporary dance), Folk Dance U.S.A., Collegiate Singers/Vocal Union, and Symphonic Band. In addition, the Theatre Department's Tellers and Troubadors have already delighted elementary children with several weeks of special matinee performances on campus.

No matter what the name or where they go, the wholesome, uplifting entertainment continues to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. The Church Educational System's international tours for this year have been postponed due to safety concerns for the student performers and their audiences. All groups have been reassigned by the CES to locations within North America. For alumni this will be a unique opportunity to share even more of the "Spirit of Ricks" by taking advantage of the opportunity to see a performance coming soon to locations near you. For more details on performances and hosting opportunities, visit the BYU-Idaho Web site at or call (208) 496-1151.

Performance Tours 2002
Locations subject to change. Please see Web site for details and future tours:

Dance Alliance
May 2
May 5-6
May 7
May 8
May 9
May 10-11
May 12-13
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18-20
May 22
May 23
May 24
May 25-26
Burley, Idaho
Carson City, Nev.
Marysville, Calif.
Lakeport, Calif.
Citrus Heights, Calif.
Manteca, Calif.
Modesto, Calif.
Fresno, Calif.
Visalia, Calif.
Atascadero, Calif.
King City, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Oakland, Calif.
Danville, Calif.
Winnemucca, Nev.
Nampa, Idaho
Collegiate Singers & Vocal Union
May 1
May 2
May 3
May 4-5
May 6-7
May 9
May 10
May 11-12
May 13
May 14
May 15
May 16-17
May 18-19
May 21-22
Brigham City, Utah
Thorton, Colo.
Pueblo, Colo.
Amarillo, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
Denton, Texas
Plano, Texas
Austin, Texas
Laredo, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Odessa Texas
El Paso, Texas
Farmington, N.M.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Symphonic Band
April 28-29
April 30
May 1
May 2
May 3
May 4-5
May 6
May 7
May 8
May 9
May 10
May 11
Fallon, Nev.
Sparks, Nev.
Carson City, Nev.
Los Altos, Calif.
Napa, Calif.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Covelo, Calif.
Ukiah, Calif.
Eureka, Calif.
Klamath Falls, Ore.
Redmond, Ore.
Boise, Idaho
Folk Dance U.S.A.
June 28/July 1
July 2-15
July 16
July 18
July 19
July 20-21
July 24
July 25
July 26
July 27-28
Rexburg, Idaho
Drummondville, Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
Albany, N.Y.
Nashua, N.H..
Salem, Mass.
Concord, N.H.
Montpelier, Vt.