For the next two weeks our campus is the “Olympic Village” for the best ballet dancers from around the world. The flags of the nations of the competitors fly over our student center.
The International Ballet Competition is held in Jackson every four years and the competitors, coaches, and support team live on our campus while here for the most prestigious prize in ballet.
If you’re not familiar with the IBC, take a look HERE. We are proud to be part of this important international event.
Founded in 1978 by Thalia Mara, the first USA International Ballet Competition took place in 1979 and joined the ranks of Varna, Bulgaria (1964); Moscow, Russia (1969); and Tokyo, Japan (1976).
These first competitions were given sanction by the International Dance Committee of UNESCO’s International Theater Institute.
Today, international ballet competitions flourish worldwide, and the USA IBC in Jackson remains one of the oldest and most respected competitions in the world.
In 1982, the United States Congress passed a Joint Resolution designating Jackson as the official home of the USA International Ballet Competition. Jackson held subsequent competitions in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.