May 1st -- Dear Future Husband #@9

Emi Murata, one of our principal dancers and graduating seniors has a real-life fairytale love story with her fiancé and fellow BPG alumnus, Alex Ferguson. His proposal to her took place on this very floor some 5 months ago. Her response? This fun East Coast Swing. Congratulations on your graduation, Emi, and best wishes for your life with Alex! We will miss you and all you bring to BPG.

Welcome New Apprentices!

We are pleased to announce the following new members to the Ballroom Performance Group apprentice company for Fall 2015:

John Austin

Ian Daniels

Grant McKown

Robert Schaaf


Katie Bigelow

Emily Coll

Lorin Crear

Laura Johnson

Amanda Piehler

Samantha Tang

Lidya Teshome


We are excited to expand our dance family as we prepare for our 25th Anniversary Ballroom Magic in January. Welcome new apprentices!


April 3rd -- Sugar #@9

This sassy West Coast Swing choreographed by BPG dancers Zach Stevens and Emi Murata was another awesome feature from last weekend's FNDP! Can you watch this 3 times without the song getting stuck in your head all day? If so, we salute you.

Executive Board 2015-2016

Congratulations and welcome to our Ballroom Performance Group Executive Board for 2015-2016!

President - Eric Perkerson

Vice President - Kailie Sanders

Secretary - Joanna Szymonik

Treasurer - Justyna Szymonik

Public Relations - Laurel Haislip

Thank you!

From all of us here at BPG, thank you to everyone who came and saw Ballroom Magic this year! We were able to sell out all four of our performances, and had one of our best total attendance totals to date! It is a joy for all of us to be able to perform for you year in and year out.  We hope to see you all next year when we perform our 25th rendition of Ballroom Magic! 

Ballroom Magic Featured in Athens Banner-Herald

Check it out! On Thursday evening, right before opening night, a reporter came and interviewed two of our members (Vice-President Geoff Newell and Apprentice Marisa Pam), and the article was featured in today's' issue of the Athens Banner-Herald!

Read the article here.

There's two shows left! If you haven't seen the show yet, we hope to see you today at 2, or tonight at 8!



Pictures from dress rehearsal

We had our final run of the show before we open the doors last night, and it looked amazing! But don't just take my word for it, check out the first gallery of pictures from Ballroom Magic 2015 here! We look forward to seeing all of you tonight, tommorw, and on Saturday for Ballroom Magic 2015!

Final Teaser for Ballroom Magic 2015!

Ballroom Magic 2015 opens TOMORROW NIGHT! We've all been working hard over the last week to get the final pieces of the show into place, and last night, we grabbed a camera and put together one last preview of this years' show. Check this out!

We can't wait to see all of you at Ballroom Magic 2015!

Auditions Results and Happy Thanksgiving!

November audition results have been emailed to all participants. The following students have been accepted to the BPG Spring 2015 Apprentice Class:

Magdalena Szymonik

Mariya Georgieva

Sami Berenson

Chloe Zhao

Shelby Anne Watts

Madeline Hubbard

Teri Smithberg

Peggy McKay

Allia Siler

Giovanna Marin

Bryan Soto

Madison Fields

Jack Lundstedt

Matt McGee

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A big thank you to all who auditioned! Our next auditions will be held in April. Please email if you have any questions about joining our group.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Auditions workshop and Auditions!

We are excited to invite you to our Fall Auditions! An auditions workshop covering basics and questions regarding East Coast Swing and Waltz will be held in the Carver Studio of the Dance Building on Friday Nov 7th from 6-7pm. We invite auditionees to join us for the Cha Cha lesson from 7-8pm as well. Please RSVP to the Facebook event here:

Auditions will be held Monday Nov 17th at 6:00 pm in the New Dance Theatre of the Dance Building. Auditionees will be asked to lead or follow East Coast Swing, Waltz and Cha Cha. Attire is business casual or semi-formal (Girls, please wear a skirt or dress). Please RSVP to the Facebook event here:

We encourage you to come out and have fun!


Welcome Back and the Ice Bucket Challenge!

We're so excited to be back for the Fall! We kicked off our first practice of the year with a pretty fun practice - check out BPG's response to the Ice Bucket Challenge here and donate to

In turn, we nominated UGA's Hispanic Student Association, Christjohn Batters, April Layden and Eddie Bonnell to do the Ice Bucket Challenge and donate! 

Thanks for all your support, and we hope you'll join us at our first September dance on the 5th!




BPG Apprentice Class Fall 2014

The following UGA students have been accepted to the apprentice company of the University of Georgia Ballroom Performance Group:

Sam Kinsman

Joshua Foxworth

Daniel Kletzing

Cherise Washington

Kailie Sanders

Brittani Haag

Marisa Pam

Dumbi Ogbechie

Marina Carlisle

Justin Choi

Congratulations and welcome to BPG, new apprentices! You will soon receive an email containing more information about the Ballroom Performance Group.

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. If you were not cast this semester, please do not be discouraged! We would love to see you audition again in the future. We hold auditions in both Fall and Spring. Please contact us at with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

UGA Ballroom Performance Group

Executive Board 2014-2015

We are excited to introduce our Executive Board for 2014-2015!

President - Ana Drobeniuc

Vice President - Geoff Newell

Secretary - Vlad Hriscan

Treasurer - Eric Perkerson

Public Relations - Ashten Goeckel


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#@9 - February 21

With the end of Ballroom Magic comes the return of student choreography and the wonderful #@9's! Check out this fantastic Swing piece, choreographed by our own Emily Hoskins!


What a Magical week! Ballroom Magic 2014 was an overwhelming success, selling out every performance and overselling three of them! We at BPG would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came to see the show, we sincerely hope you enjoyed every minute. All of our hard work would be for nothing without a wonderful audience like you! We can't wait to see you next year!