Living Legends combines dynamic choreography of native American choreographies with the color and vitality of the dances of Polynesian and Latin American dances. Performed by talented descendants of these cultures and woven together by traditional and contemporary music, Living Legends' program is a stunning tribute to the ancient cultures of the Americas and the Pacific. More than a dance troupe, Living Legends shares cultural heritage and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The result is more than just an educational experience, it is spiritual.
Living Legends has performed throughout the United States and in more than 45 foreign countries. Featured on national TV in China, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, it represented the United States at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain and at the 1991 German-American Volksfest in Berlin. In February 2011, Living Legends celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Early HistoryJanie Thompson in 1970, although at that time, it was called "Lamanite Generation." The group was organized as part of the missionary effort for the Southwest Indian Mission. The early shows included a singing and dancing, with a member of the group bearing testimony to the audience during intermission.
Janielle Hildebrandt Christensen is the current artistic director of Living Legends and has traveled around the world with the group, bringing uplifting family entertainment to millions through live and televised productions. Christensen hopes that through their travels, members of Living Legends will inspire people of all cultures to take pride in their own unique heritage.
The group consists of 38 members, including performers and a skilled technical crew. All members are of Latin American, Native American or Polynesian heritage and are selected after a rigorous audition process.
Living Legends participated in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.
This tour history beings in 1972 and continues up to present day.
- 1972 - Canada, California, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Wyoming
- 1973 - Canada, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming
- 1974 - Canada, Germany, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin
- 1975 - Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington
- 1976 - Canada, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC
- 1977 - Canada, Arizona, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington
- 1978 - Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Colorado, New Mexico
- 1979 - Canada, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming
- 1980 - Poland, Romania, California, Nevada
- 1981 - Canada, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Washington
- 1982 - China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, California, Hawaii, Nevada
- 1983 - Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Arizona, California, Nevada
- 1984 - Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Switzerland, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota
- 1985 - Mexico, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming
- 1986 - Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Arizona, Hawaii
- 1987 - Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon
- 1988 - Germany, New Mexico, New York
- 1989 - Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, California, Nevada
- 1990 - Canada, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, Washington
- 1991 - Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Arizona
- 1992 - China, Hong Kong, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
- 1993 - Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Wyoming
- 1994 - Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
- 1995 - Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, California
- 1996 - Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, California, Nevada
- 1997 - Cook Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming
- 1998 - Canada, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont
- 1999 - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, California, Nevada
- 2000 - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
- 2001 - Canada, California, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota
- 2002 - Alaska
- 2004 - South Africa, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona
- 2005 - Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Montana
- 2006 - Austria, Germany, Wyoming
- 2007 - Canada, Colorado, Nevada, California, South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona
- 2008 - Chile, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming
- 2009 - Argentina, Paraguay, Arizona
- 2010 - China
- The Daily Herald - BYU students share heritage through music, dance (29 March 2013)
- LDS Church News - Winterfest delights audiences at the Conference Center (7 Feb 2013)
- The Universe - Living Legends celebrates families and culture in anniversary performance (17 Feb 2011)
- The Eagle Eye - Seasons: A Message of Light and Truth (December 2010)
- The Universe - Living Legends takes its talents to Alaska (9 Nov 2010)
- The Universe - Living Legends brings stories to life (14 Jan. 2010)
- The Ensign - Janie Thompson (March 1986)
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