CityDance provides ongoing ballet instruction for public school students, nurturing interest in dance

CityDance is a free after-school ballet program for Jackson Public School and charter school students between the ages of 7 and 12. Participants receive complimentary dance shoes, leotards and tights along with ballet classes throughout the academic year. While prior dance experience is not required, students must be selected through auditions because of limited class size. Selection is based on the student’s flexibility, rhythm and ability to follow instructions during the audition.

Three levels of instruction are provided. Level 1 and 2 classes meet once a week, and the more advanced Level 3 class meets twice a week. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in downtown Jackson at the Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St.

Auditions for each school year are the first Saturday after Labor Day at the Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. Auditions are open to boys and girls between ages 7-10 and to 11- and 12-year-olds who completed the previous school year. Audition times are:

  • 8:15 a.m. – Ages 7 and 8
  • 10 a.m. – Ages 9 and 10
  • 11:30 a.m. – Returning CityDance students ages 11 and 12

CityDance presents an end-of-the-year performance for family, friends and the public each May. The 2018 recital will be held Thursday, May 17, at Belhaven University Center for the Arts.

Offered by the USA IBC each school year since 2003, CityDance is made possible through funding in part by the Community Foundation of Mississippi.  For information on CityDance email or call 601-355-9853, ext. 6,

Click to watch a recent video on the CityDance program, produced by the Mississippi Arts Commission.


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