International Ballet Competition

With fanfare, the flags of many nations and the respect of the world, the USA International Ballet Competition flourishes.

When Jackson hosted its first IBC in 1979, the world was watching. Almost four decades later, the world continues to watch Jackson. Each of our 10 competitions has been different, but all have enriched the USA IBC’s reputation as a premier artistic showcase for ballet.

Jackson is one of only four cities of the world sanctioned by The International Theater-Dance Committee to host the International Ballet Competition. The other three include Moscow, Russia, Varna, Bulgaria and Helsinki, Finland.

The event is annually held at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson. Thalia Mara and the USA IBC have been recognized as “American Masterpieces” by the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Mississippi Arts Commission.


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