Get Schooled: USA IBC XII’s Educational Programming

If you're a fan of ballet or dance, then you won't want to miss out on the USA International Ballet Competition's educational programming in Jackson, Mississippi.

The USA IBC XII is one of the most prestigious international dance competitions, drawing talented dancers from across the globe to compete for scholarships and a spot on the barre and in the spotlight with the best. But the event isn't just about competing – it's also a rare opportunity to learn from some of the most talented ballerinas and instructors in the world.

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Dance School

One of the standout features of the USA IBC's educational programming is the Dance School. This program is designed for serious ballet students aged 12-20 who want to improve their skills and learn from top-tier instructors. The Dance School curriculum includes ballet technique classes, pointe work, variations, Pas De Deux, and more. The Dance School will conclude with a Scholarship Showcase, in which students perform excerpts of classwork and scholarships will be awarded.

Teacher Training Program

For dance teachers who want to improve their skills and knowledge, the USA IBC offers a Teacher Training Program. The course will be offered in six one-day seminars exploring the foundation of classical ballet technique, more advanced elements of technique and artistry, and good teaching practices. The program also includes observation of classes at the Dance School, giving teachers a chance to see the pros in action.

Final Pointe

In addition to the educational programming, the USA IBC also hosts a variety of other events and activities, including free performances, an arts & lecture series, and more. And of course, the main show – the dance competition itself – is not to be missed.

So whether you're a local looking to get more involved in the dance community or planning a visit and want a unique and exciting cultural experience in Jackson, there's something for everyone at this world-renowned affair. Be a part of the magic – it only comes around every four years!

To learn more about the USA IBC XII, visit their website at

Anne Marie Hanna


Anne Marie Hanna

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