JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The USA International Ballet Competition (USA IBC) rescheduled the event, held at the Thalia Maria Hall in Jackson, for June 10-24, 2023.
The competition was originally scheduled for June 2022 but was delayed when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted 2020 competitions planned for Helsinki, Finland, and Varna, Bulgaria.
This delay will give the dancers more time to get back in shape and prepare for the competition.
“USA IBC leaders worked with our sister competitions in three countries to develop new, coordinated schedules and ensure that despite the pandemic, dancers who had trained for years would still be able to compete and the world would still have the opportunity to come together for these celebrations of art and athleticism,” said Mona Nicholas, USA IBC executive director.
The new competition schedule is listed below:
2022: Helsinki and Varna
2026: Helsinki and Varna
“Our partners in Varna, Moscow, and Helsinki shared our belief that we should work together to make the competitions accessible to as many gifted dancers and as many global audience members as possible,” Nicholas said. “The pandemic affected the entire world, with countries closing borders and the arts temporarily dark. Now more than ever, the people of the world need art. We need events that unify us and remind us there is still beauty in the world. These competitions do just that.”
The USA IBC is one of the oldest and most respected dance competitions in the world.