The USA International Ballet Competition officially kicks off Sunday Evening in Jackson. The competition showcases some of the best young dancers in the World.
The Competition is the third oldest international contest in the U-S. The City of Jackson has been hosting the event since the 1970s.
There are more than 100 competitors are representing 19 nations.
Planning for this event begins months in advance, and It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the event a success.
"Most of this could not happen without volunteers," said Volunteer Coordinator Mary Schiele Scanlon. "We need transportation volunteers to transport from the airport, production volunteers, production monitors, volunteers, coaches lounge."
Dancers compete for more than 150-thousand dollars in cash, prizes, and medals.
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