Auditions for the 2017-2018 CityDance ballet program will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. Sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition, CityDance provides free ballet classes for approximately 75 students enrolled in Jackson Public Schools or charter schools within the city.

Auditions are open to students who are ages 7 to 10. Children who are 11 or 12 years of age may audition ONLY if they completed CityDance last year (2016-2017 school year).

Selection is based on flexibility, rhythm and ability to follow instructions. No dance experience is required for first-time students. Classes are held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year at the Mississippi Arts Center. Leotards, tights and shoes are provided at no charge one time at the beginning of the program. Class space is limited.

Audition times are listed below. Wait times will depend on the number of children to be auditioned in each group. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the time for your child’s age group to audition.

  • 8:15 a.m. – Ages 7 & 8
  • 10:00 a.m. – Ages 9 & 10
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ages 11 & 12 – ONLY students who completed 2016-2017 CityDance

Students should wear comfortable shorts, t-shirts and socks. No costumes are permitted.

CityDance is funded in part through the generous support of the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency; the City of Jackson; Greater Jackson Arts Council; Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

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