This week, the SA Government is showcasing the wonderful Ballet Performance Group (BPG), which brings the joy of dance to both spectators and performers at the UofR. Here’s our interview with BPG’s President, Marisa Straub.
Scott Lucchini performing at BPG Presents: Shake it Out - Courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/BalletPerformanceGroup
1. How large is your dance group?
“Roughly 101 members. We are the largest dance group on campus!”
2. Tell me a little bit about the structure about BPG
“BPG is structured in a way where members can be as involved in the group as they want to be. There is only one mandatory part to BPG, which is attending a 45 minute ballet class each Sunday. Beyond that, members can be involved in as many student choreographed pieces they wish to be a part of. BPG appeals to very well rounded individuals on campus and has extremely dedicated members each year.”
3. What is your favorite memory from BPG?
“My favorite memory from BPG is a very difficult question. I’ve now been part of BPG for almost 4 years and will continue on next year as I am staying as a KEY student. So my journey through this group has many memories. Some of my favorite memories always involve dancing in some way. One tradition that I love each year that I could consider my favorite is a “pump up” circle we do before each show. It’s this crazy energetic circle where everyone can go in the middle with their friends and do the most ridiculous dance moves they can think of from past BPG dances or something they just love. It’s a great start to our show, and overall just a fun piece of BPG.”
Aly Grealish 16' (front) and others performing at BPG Presents: Shake it Out - Courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/BalletPerformanceGroup
4. What makes BPG different from other performing art groups on campus?
“What makes BPG different from other dance groups is probably the variety in styles of dance we offer at all levels. Joining the Ballet Performance Group, members will not only explore ballet. Students can learn jazz, tap, hip-hop, west african, contemporary, modern, and so much more. BPG offers a wide variety of styles at different levels from beginner to advanced. There is a place for every member in our dances.”
5. What events does BPG have coming up?
“The spring show, BPG Presents: Clarity, will be held on April 12th, 2013 at 7 pm. BPG is very excited for the spring production, and hopes that the attendance will continue to rise.”