by Web on July 16, 2018
For two weeks earlier this summer, the dance world focused on Jackson during the 11th USA International Ballet Competition.
Millsaps College played a key role by serving as home base for dancers and others during the world-class competition, held June 10-23 in downtown Jackson.
One hundred forty-one competitors, non-competing partners, parents, coaches, and IBC staff stayed in New South, Goodman, and Sanderson residence halls and were nourished in the Caf.
The USA IBC is an Olympic-style competition where tomorrow's stars vie for gold, silver, and bronze medals; cash awards; company contracts; and scholarships. Presented under the auspices of the International Dance Committee, International Theatre Institute of UNESCO, the USA IBC is held every four years in Jackson. A Joint Resolution of Congress designates the event as the official international ballet competition in the United States.
Just how did Jackson come to host the competition?
Credit the late Thalia Mara, renowned ballet teacher and educator, whom the Jackson Ballet Guild invited to develop a professional ballet company and school.
Mara introduced city leaders to the concept of ballet competitions and convinced them Jackson would be the perfect location to host the USA IBC. The nonprofit corporation, Mississippi Ballet International Inc., was established in 1978 to produce the first IBC in the United States.