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The dance world comes to Jackson June 10 – 24, 2023, for the 12th USA International Ballet Competition

Come for a day, a round, or two full weeks of world-class dance.

As the third oldest international ballet competition in the world, the USA IBC attracts top dancers, dance industry professionals, and audience members from around the globe. Two full weeks of competition performances and special programs are scheduled. All competition performances are held at Thalia Mara Hall, 255 E. Pascagoula St.

Performance Tickets

Ticket-Paks

Ticket-Pak pre-sale will begin on

February 1, 2023

at 9:00 am CST for IBA members ONLY

Click here to join the International Ballet Association

Individual Tickets

General tickets will be available

April 3, 2023

at 9:00 am CST. 

Opening Ceremony

The 12th Opening Ceremony will be held on June 10, 2023. The evening will begin with the Parade of Nations honoring the more than 30 countries represented by the Competitors and Jury. Following a brief intermission, The Washington Ballet, including many competition alumni, will perform company repertoire.

The Opening Ceremony | Saturday, June 10, 7:30pm

Round 1

In Round 1, all competitors will perform classical repertoire. Competitors will be divided between 6 sessions throughout June 11-13, 2023.

Round 1 Session 1 | Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Round 1 Session 2 | Sunday, June 11, 7:30 pm

Round 1 Session 3 | Monday, June 11, 2:00pm

Round 1 Session 4 | Monday, June 11, 7:30pm

Round 1 Session 5 | Tuesday, June 12, 2:00pm

Round 1 Session 6 | Tuesday, June 12, 7:30pm

Round 2

In Round 2, the semi-finalists will perform contemporary repertoire. Competitors will be divided between 3 sessions throughout June 15-17, 2023.

Round 2 Session 1 | Thursday, June 15, 7:30 pm

Round 2 Session 2 | Friday, June 16, 7:30 pm

Round 2 Session 3 | Saturday, June 17, 7:30pm

Round 3

In Round 3, the finalists will perform classical and contemporary repertoire. Competitors will be divided between 3 sessions throughout June 19-21, 2023.

Round 3 Session 1 | Monday, June 19, 7:30 pm

Round 3 Session 2 | Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 pm

Round 3 Session 3 | Wednesday, June 21, 7:30pm

Awards Gala

The Awards Gala will be held on June 23, 2023. The Jury will hand-select the best repertoire to be performed by the medalist. The Awards Gala will conclude with a medal ceremony.

Awards Gala | Friday, June 23, 7:30 pm

Join us after the Awards Ceremony for the Grand Prix Ball to celebrate all of the dancers’ accomplishments!

Encore Gala

The medalists will perform their best works for the final time. Don’t miss your chance to see these amazing dancers in person!

Encore Gala | Saturday, June 24, 7:30 pm

Edward Stierle Showcase

The Edward Stierle Showcase will give eliminated competitors a chance to perform their contemporary repertoire. Join us for a wonderful showcase of contemporary repertoire!

Edward Stierle Showcase | Saturday, June 17, 1:00 pm

The “O” Pass

Purchasing an “O” pass will grant you access to ALL Competitor and Dance School observation classes, masterclasses, and the Arts & Lecture series. See the full schedule of included events below!

Arts & Lecture

The 2023 Arts & Lecture Series allows patrons to participate in seminars, feedback sessions, and guest lectures to learn more about the ballet world.

Monday, June 12, 2023

11:00 am

Honorary Chairman

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

10:00 am

Dancer 12

presented by Jack Howard-Potter

Sunday, June 18, 2023

2:00 pm

Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century

presented by Jennifer Homans

Thursday, June 22, 2023

10:00 am

The World of August Bournonville

presented by Frank Andersen

Competitor Observation

Competitor Observation Classes give patrons the opportunity to observe the competitor classes and masterclasses that the competitors take daily. Observation is available during Round 1 and Round 2, June 11-17, 2023.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

9:00 am

Competitor Class Observation

Monday, June 12, 2023

9:00 am

Competitor Class Observation

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

9:00 am

Master Class with Angel Corella Philadelphia Ballet, Artistic Director

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

1:00 pm

Competitor Class Observation

Thursday, June 15, 2023

1:00 am

Competitor Class Observation

Friday, June 16, 2023

9:00 am

Master Class with Ashley Wheater Joffrey Ballet, Artistic Director

Friday, June 16, 2023

1:00 pm

Competitor Class Observation

Saturday, June 17, 2023

9:00 am

Competitor Class Observation

Dance School Observatio

Dance School Observation Classes give patrons the opportunity to observe the dance school classes and masterclasses that students take daily. Observation Sessions are held 9:00-10:45 am, 11:00-12:00 pm, and 1:15-2:15pm unless otherwise noted

Sunday, June 11, 2023

10:00 am

Master Class with Andile Ndlovu The Washington Ballet (levels 3 & 4)

Sunday, June 11, 2023

1:00 pm

Master Class with Andile Ndlovu The Washington Ballet (levels 1 & 2)

Monday, June 12, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Thursday, June 15, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Thursday, June 15, 2023

2:30 pm

Master Class with Eva Kloborg Royal Danish Ballet

Friday, June 16, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Monday, June 19, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Monday, June 19, 2023

2:30 pm

Master Class with Katherine Barkman San Francisco Ballet

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Monday, June 19, 2023

2:30 pm

Master Class with Katherine Barkman San Francisco Ballet

Thursday, June 22, 2023

9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dance School Observation Classes

Friday, June 23, 2023

2:30 pm

Scholarship Showcase

Ballerina on black background

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