The USA IBC • June 10-24, 2023 • Jackson, Mississippi

The USA International Ballet Competition has announced the members of the International Jury for the 12th USA IBC at Thalia Mara Hall.

John Meehan, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, will chair the 2023 jury for the third time. “The USA IBC is about more than medals,” said Meehan. “It’s a celebration of dance that reflects the highest standards of artistic excellence.”

Credit: Vassar

Other jurors will be Paloma Herrera, Argentina; Frank Andersen, Denmark; Hae Shik Kim, Korea; Angel Corella, Spain; Lauren Anderson, USA; Ashley Wheater, United Kingdom; Feng Ying, China; Stanton Welch, Australia; Robert Curran, Australia; and André Lewis, Canada.

Meehan also announced the USA IBC will waive application fees for dancers from Ukraine and help with airline and other expenses if they are selected to compete in the 2023 USA IBC. “We want to help these talented young dancers who have been misplaced to advance their careers amidst the pain they are experiencing with what is happening now in their country,” said Meehan.

Also unveiled, the 2023 USA IBC commemorative poster features a painting by the late artist Andrew Bucci. Bucci’s work was also chosen for the poster in 2014. Mona Nicholas, USA IBC Executive Director said, “It was an obvious choice. Mr. Bucci would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year and we wanted to commemorate his centennial year by choosing him as the official artist. He loved ballet and it clearly shows through the movement displayed in his work.” The official poster is sponsored by BankPlus.

colorful artistic USAIBC 2022 poster
The USAIBC 2022 official poster. Art by Andrew Bucci

A 12-foot iron sculpture, by New York artist Jack Howard-Potter, has also been unveiled. The sculpture, titled “Dancer 12”, will be a permanent fixture on the plaza of Thalia Mara Hall. This commissioned public art is sponsored by Downtown Jackson Partners.

Dancer No. 12 sculpture revealed in front of Thalia Mara Hall
Dancer No. 12 sculpture revealed in front of Thalia Mara Hall on October 27, 2022

David Keary, Ballet Mississippi artistic director and a former New York City Ballet dancer, will direct the 2023 USA IBC Dance School, held concurrently with the competition. Faculty members include Tatiana Tchernova, Lawrence Jackson, Charles Askegard, Lisa Johnson - Willingham, Gretchen Newburger – Bernard, Valerie Madonia, and Lisa Hess Jones. All classes will be held in the state-of-the-art dance studios of Belhaven University. Applications open November 7, 2022.

The USA IBC was founded by Thalia Mara and the first competition was held in 1979. The USA IBC is the official international ballet competition in the United States by Joint Resolution of Congress. The 2023 USA IBC will welcome applicants ages 15 to 28, in keeping with sister competitions in Helsinki, Varna, and Moscow. Approximately 100 dancers will be invited to compete from more than 300 applicants. Applications opened October 3, 2022 and close February 16, 2023.

More information about the 2023 USA IBC is available at