The Jackson Arts Center was jumping with over 100 Jackson Public School students on Saturday, September 8, 2012! All of these students were vying for one of 50 coveted positions in the USA IBC CityDance ballet program.
The USA IBC has hosted CityDance since 2003, as a free after-school ballet program for Jackson Public School students ages 7 to 13 years old. CityDance students attend weekly ballet classes and receive free dancewear during the academic year.
Each year all students, new and returning, have to audition for a position in a CityDance class. The USA IBC invites new students from ages 7 to 10 to audition and all of last year’s students to audition. The children are selected to be a part of CityDance based on flexibility, rhythm, and their ability to follow dance instruction. We are pleased to announce that Mia Whitehead of Belhaven University will be returning to lead this intensive ballet program as instructor for the 2012/2013 school year.
At the end of each school year, CityDance students present an end-of-year performance for family, friends, and the public. Sometimes, our CityDance students perform at other special events, such as our Reunion Gala.
CityDance is presented in part by generous support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Greater Jackson Arts Council, Ballet Mississippi, and Jazzy Dancer. If you would like to support this important program, please click here.