The Ballroom Performance Group (BPG) is a pre-professional student dance company at the University of Georgia. The group promotes an appreciation of ballroom dance through performances on campus and around the community. The company was founded in 1991 by Dr. Mark Wheeler.
BPG hosts its annual showcase, "Ballroom Magic," the second semester of each school year. The show consists of between 20 to 25 choreographed pieces in Smooth and Latin dancing, along with guest performances. The majority of pieces in, "Ballroom Magic," are choreographed for and premiered at the show.
Several dance pieces created for and premiered by the UGA Ballroom Performance Group are in the repertories of university ballroom dance performance companies in California, Kentucky, New York, Texas, Brazil, and South Korea.
Dancing with BPG develops a serious ballroom dancer's technique and style, which enables him or them to perform or compete professionally. However, most members have no ballroom dance experience before entering university.
Several BPG members teach ballroom dancing on campus and around Northeast Georgia. BPG alumni have gone on to teach at studios throughout the Athens/Atlanta area and across the United States.
Typically, every first and third Friday of months during the school year and twice during the summer, the group hosts a Friday Night Dance Party (FNDP). These dances begin at 7pm with a one hour beginner lesson in various styles, and each free lesson is taught by different members of the group. Then, from 8pm to 10:30pm, BPG welcomes students and the community to social dance a mix of ballroom and partner dance styles with members. FNDPs are a fun way to learn and practice dancing while meeting new people.
As a UGA student organization, BPG does not receive any money from the Dance Department. The groups is funded through proceeds from Ballroom Magic, FNDPs, and other functions throughout the year. BPG is always thankful for the help and support of the University and greater Athens community, which without we could not perform.