Reunion Highlights



Christmas Around the World - 50th Celebration

December 4th and 5th, Marriott Center
50th Celebration (1960 - 2009)


Dear Folk Dancers and Friends:

We have just experienced a marvelous reunion in December surrounding the 50th concert of Christmas Around the World. The weekend turned out to be just as it was announced-full of "Magical Memories." After all of the hard work and rehearsal of so many people, I was overwhelmed with the feelings of love and friendship that permeated each and every part of the event. I am so blessed to be a small part of this organization, and to count each of you as my friends.

I think Mary Bee has captured the spirit of how we all felt as we gathered once again at BYU. No one can say it better. Please enjoy her message.

Ed Austin

Remarks from Mary Bee
The 50th anniversary of Christmas Around the World concert was a Dream come true. It was a fulfillment of a Dream to enjoy a unity as ONE where everyone felt like they belonged, were needed, wanted and appreciated. Each person was special, loved, respected and made a great contribution to the total picture.

We all enjoyed the warm, happy feeling that comes from GIVING. Each alumni and current faculty and students received greater blessing that comes from being a part of the goals of the concert. Christmas is LOVE, and the Christmas Concert was shared Love with all individuals involved in this great endeavor.

The dream encompasses a continual opening of doors that lead to success for all students to walk through. This success pattern is formed and stays with all dancers throughout their lifetime.

WE ARE A FOLK DANCE FAMILY! Years vanished as we renewed our friendships from 1956 to 1985. And the greatest bonus for all of us was to add to our Folk Dance Family the dancers from l985 to 2009. We enjoyed memories of dancing, laughing, traveling, establishing our life long friendship that exist today.

Dennis Hill's OPENER, assisted by Kathy Bunker, was the catalyst that brought unity and a ONENESS to Alumni and current students. We had a common goal of sharing to make this 50th Christmas Concert the best con cert presented over the years at BYU.

AND WE SUCCEEDED!!!

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER. People in my life are the most highly respected commodity I enjoy. I was surrounded by people I love, respect, admire and claim as my Folk Dance Family. You are my "KIDS" and my "GRANDKIDS".

You will alwasys be in my heart and thoughts. My memories of the concert week and performances fill my mind with special moments back stage, on stage, a happy smile, all of you making me feel so happy to be part of this wonderful program. However, the most important part was "you". Each person has added a dimension to my life that I will treasure forever.

With love,
Mary Bee Jensen

 

Christmas Around the World Gala Breakfast

Come and remember and renew old acquaintances. This CAW Gala Breakfast is not to be missed. Held in the new beautiful Hinckley Center on BYU campus, we will have a time to greet the artistic directors Mary Bee Jensen and Ed Austin followed by breakfast and a program. This event will truly help us celebrate the 50th Christmas Around the World concert!

There will be group seating so you can be by your friends reminiscing the years you danced together.

  • Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2009
    8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. - Please come and visit with Mary Bee Jensen, Ed Austin, and your friends.
    9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. - Breakfast will be served followed by a reunion program.
    11:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon - Visit and mingle with fellow alumni.
    2:00 p.m. — Leave for Christmas Around the World matinee performance.

2009
Christmas Around the World

The alumni have the opportunity to purchase tickets before anyone else this year. You don't want to miss these dates and lose your chance at selecting your seats first. If you've purchased tickets before through the ticket office, you may receive an additional notification that is being sent to all patrons. This is NOT the alumni promotional and will not get you the alumni discount.


Christmas Around the World Opener Performance

All Alumni participating in the concert need to learn the song "Sto Mi E Milo."
We will be singing this as part of the opener.Sto Mi E Milo words in PDF format (PDF) Sto Mi E Milo MP3 song to hear the melody to practice (MP3)


Alumni Folk Music Band - Orange Blossom Special

BYU Folk Music Alumni with the 2009-10 Band (alumni band members from the 1960s to 2008-09)

The arrangement for Christmas Around the World will go as follows:
    (this is the version we will be doing!)
Sto Mi E Milo words in PDF format OBS chords in D
Sto Mi E Milo words in PDF format OBS chords in E
Sto Mi E Milo words in PDF format OBS fiddle 1 harmony
Sto Mi E Milo words in PDF format OBS fiddle 1 melody
Sto Mi E Milo MP3 song to hear the melody to practice Orange Blossom Special Live
Sto Mi E Milo MP3 song to hear the melody to practice Orange Blossom Special Studio

 
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Reunion - 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration of BYU Folk Dancers

July 20-22 2006, Provo UTAH

Mary Bee Jensen and Edwin G. AustinBravo!!! These are the best words to describe the enthusiasm, excitement, and warmth which I and others felt as we participated in the 2006 Jubilee Celebration of the International Folk Dance Ensemble. I feel that each of you surpassed my expectations in every event. The professional and “classy” manner in which everything was carried out is certainly a tribute to each of you and will stand as a shining example for other alumni organizations at Brigham Young University. They can learn much from you and the way you do things.

It was so exciting to see everyone and to hear about all of the things you are presently doing. And it was so much fun to relive and remember our experiences with so many of you. Thank you for being a part of our lives.

I am so excited for the Commemorative History Book which is being published. So many of you are pictured and I hope that you are all able to obtain a copy.

I was also so surprised and impressed with the 50 Unforgettable Years DVD that was especially produced for the occasion. What a tribute to all who have contributed over the years to this wonderful program.

May I give my sincere appreciation to the Reunion Committee chaired by Brent and Maria Lewis. Everyone has done so much to make this event memorable.

I can only hope that the folk dance program at BYU will continue to shine bright for the next 50 years. Thank you Mary Bee for your vision … for your dream!
                     ~ Edwin G. Austin


t-shirtWow! What a party! The three-day celebration was even better than we had planned on paper. All the committees did such a great job (picnic in the park and program, workshops, dance party, reunions, and banquet and program).

It was so much fun to see so many old and new friends. Folk dancers really know how to make you feel welcome, even when you meet someone for the first time. Many of the comments heard surrounding the reunion were, “You made me fall in love again with dancing,” “Thank you for helping me remember all the good times I had with folk dancers,” and “When you’re with folk dancers, you’re with family!


Remember: If you have any 50th reunion photos you’d like to share, we’d love to put them up for you on this site!

Thursday, July 20 - Picnic in the Park, Group Photo (BYU Women's Gym)

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Friday, July 21 - Family Workshops (Morning)

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Friday, July 21 - Tour Reunions, Dance Party (Evening)

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Saturday, July 22 - Reception and Banquet

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Saturday, July 22 - Group photos

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