Spotlight member - September 2017

SHELBY ANNE WATTS

18198618_1501256003231679_7039464262676757749_n.jpg

BPG is bringing back Spotlight Members with none other than the amazing Shelby Anne Watts! Raised in Conyers, Ga, she has danced since a young age, first learning ballet, musical theater, and clogging. In high school she found her love for technical theater and design through a program called ‘Chapel Crew.’ There, she also discovered a love for ballroom dance through her musical theater program and attended her first Ballroom Magic! during her Junior year of high school. When it came to deciding a college, BPG made UGA an obvious choice.

16174803_1394612590562688_4719190803270829224_n.jpg

At UGA, Shelby Anne studies Anthropology with minors in Theater (design) and Classical Culture. Since auditioning as a freshman for BPG back in 2014, she has brought her time and love to the group. Both a principal performer and the Costume Mistress since her sophomore year, Shelby Anne is indispensable. In the fall of 2016, she choreographed a #@9, and she assisted BPG director Mike Fulford's Ballroom I class. In her time outside the group, she has studied in Rome with the Classics Department, gone on a mission trip to Jamaica with the UGA Freshley/Wesley Program, led a small group focused on worship dance through the Wesley Ministry, been an intern for the Natural History Museum on campus, participated in last year's Spotlight on the Arts campaign, and worked with the Prince Avenue Christian School creating costumes for their high school. There, she completed work for plays such as Pride and Prejudice, The Addams Family Musical, Into The Woods, Phantom of the Opera, and currently Still Life with Iris and Seussical. Check out her work here: https://prayersandpixiedustproduction.wordpress.com

Shelby Anne's ultimate career goal is to become an Imagineer for the Walt Disney Company or work at a large museum helping make history come alive through interactive exhibits. On her way already, she spent the last semester in Orlando participating in the Disney College Program. Shelby Anne worked at Jedi Training, helping little jedi from all over the world learn how to fight the Dark Side! She also worked with Mickey, Minnie, and Olaf, helping run their ‘Meet and Greets.’ She had a wonderful time, but BPG is beyond glad to have her back just in time for Magic 2018 preparations. We couldn't do it without her!