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Members of the Young Ambassadors, a singing group from Brigham Young University, pose for a photograph in front of the Great Wall during a 1979 tour of China, the first of many to that country.

Brigham Young University's first foray into the People's Republic of China came through performing-arts tours dating back nearly three decades.

In the 29 years since, various BYU groups — with their specialties ranging from show tunes to ethnic numbers, from ballroom to folk dance and from orchestral arrangements to improvised jazz riffs — have sung, danced and performed their way across China on stages, in performance halls and on television broadcasts.

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