International Folk Dance Ensemble records

International Folk Dance Ensemble records

Dates: approximately 1956-1981

Collection contains materials pertaining to the International Folk Dance Ensemble from approximately 1956 to 1981. Contains scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, tour information, correspondence, class inventories, budgets, videos, programs, and folklore information. Materials cover performances and operations, mostly in Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University, and on tour in Europe.

  • Extent: 37 cartons (37 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.). -- 2 film boxes (0.2 linear ft.). -- 5 film boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 1 film boxes (0.25 linear ft.). -- 1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)
  • Creator: International Folk Dance Ensemble. -- Jensen, Mary Bee
  • Call Number: UA 1340
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in eight series: 1. International Folk Dance Ensemble scrapbooks, approx. 1956-1981. 2. International Folk Dance Ensemble tour records, approx. 1956-1981. 3. International Folk Dance Ensemble newspaper clippings, approx. 1956-1981. 4. International Folk Dance Ensemble video recordings, approx. 1956-1981. 5. International Folk Dance Ensemble photographs, approx. 1956-1981. 6. International Folk Dance Ensemble folklore records, approx. 1956-1981. 7. International Folk Dance Ensemble class inventories, approx. 1956-1981.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the International Folk Dance Ensemble records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Materials are retained in original order.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 1340; International Folk Dance Ensemble records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 1340, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred from Records Management in 2010. Transferred from the Department of Dance by Ed Austin on June 2, 2017.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Records Management; 2010. Transferred; Ed Austin; 2017.
Subject Terms
Education; Colleges and Universities; Performing Arts; Folk dancing; International Folk Dance Ensemble--Archives; Jensen, Mary Bee; Brigham Young University. Performing Arts Management--History
Genre / Form
Scrapbooks; Photographs; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Processing Information
Processed; Kayla Quinney; May 2010. Processed; Rebekah Hartshorn, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; February 2017. Processed; Jace Packer, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; July 2017. Processed; Itza Mostert, student processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; October 2017.
Appraisal Information
Campus activities (University Archives Collection Development Policy, August 2015).
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Finding Aid Title
International Folk Dance Ensemble records
Finding Aid Author
Kayla Quinney
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-06 16:06:23 -0600.
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Administrative History

Brigham Young University (1903- ) is a university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah. Brigham Young University was established in 1903 in a renaming of Brigham Young Academy. Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), Cecil O. Samuelson (2003-2014), and Kevin J. Worthen (2014- ). Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Church Educational System (CES). The university is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since 1939, has consisted of the First Presidency of the Church as well as other General Authorities or general officers of the Church appointed by the First Presidency. The Board of Trustees provides general direction and oversees the formulation of broad policies as well as the approval of all executive leadership and faculty appointments at the university. The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. The President serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the University. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church. Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU offers a unique educational environment that promotes learning by study and also by faith.

Administrative History

The Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble (est. 1956) presents a concert program of dances from more than a dozen nations, including Ukraine, Russia, Korea, Poland, Mexico, and the United States.

The Ensemble was founded in 1956 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, visiting the Baltic States and the Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, an international folk dance festival held in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Since 1964 the ensemble has represented the United States and American culture at folk dance festivals throughout the world, including the festival held in conjunction with the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the festivals in Haifa, Israel; Confolens, France; and Billingham, England. In addition, the group regularly presents its international repertoire throughout the United States and Canada. Regardless of focus--international or American--the BYU Folk Dance Ensemble is acclaimed by thousands for their skillful dancing and energy.

Since 1994, the International Folk Dance Ensemble has been administered under the Performing Arts Management, which schedules performing groups on campus. Directors for Performing Arts Management have included Edward L. Blaser (1994-).

Biographical History

Mary Bee Jensen (1917-) was the co-founder of the National Folk Organization and the director of Brigham Young University's International Folk Dancers. Mary Bee Jensen was born on May 21, 1917 to Robert and Mary Margaret Pee in Provo, Utah. Mary attended school in Provo and graduated with honors from Provo High School in 1935. After high school she moved to Parksville, Missouri and attended Park College. Jensen grew up in a musical and scientific family. She followed the tradition and graduated with a BS in Biology. Growing up, and after college she also loved sports, nature, and music. She was regularly employed at the YMCA camps in Colorado. She moved back to Utah and taught at Jordan High School. During this time she met and married Don A. Jensen. She taught a variety of classes but her favorites were the sports and drill teams she tutored. She received an offer from Santa Barbara College to teach in 1952, but never left for California. Shortly after the offer, she was approached and offered another teaching position at BYU in physical education. Mary received her Master's degree from BYU and in 1956 began directing the International Folk Dancers. For 22 years Jensen served her position well, loving her students, and providing them with opportunities globally. She was known all over Europe as the "red-haired lady with the smile".

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