The fact that the USA International Ballet Competition happens only once every four years adds to its prestige. For potential competitors and their coaches, the clock is ticking.


World-Class Ballet

Where else in America can you see two weeks of riveting performances; a profusion of artistry, power and grace; athleticism surpassed only by lyricism.

From Hong Kong to Havana, Seoul to Santiago, Osaka to Orlando and Lima to Long Beach, dancers around the globe have their sights set on Jackson. They will come from almost every continent, from as many as 30 nations, to be seen on one stage that has launched careers since 1979.


Ananiashvili, Adea, Ball, Bethea, Canterna, Carranza, Carreno, Cirio, De Sola, Dronina, Dvorovenko, Gatti, Gelfand, Hernandez, Hough, Haiyan, Hyatt, Kafka, Karapetyan, Kobborg, Kuranaga, Ilyin, Lamb, Lane, Liepa, Mack, McNaughton, Park, Phillips, Pisarev, Serrano, Shee, Shevchenko, Shuci, Simkin, Thomas...The names: legendary. The numbers: 1,052 elite competitors from 69 nations over three decades of competition. The moments on stage: unforgettable.

2018 USA IBC will award medals, cash prizes, contracts

Competing in Jackson is a prize in itself, but there are also coveted medals for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners; $100,000 in cash awards; contract offers for medalists and non-medalists alike; scholarships and more!

Who will be in the audience?

Dance instructors, coaches, artistic directors and representatives of companies from around the world join the thousands of ballet lovers who attend the USA IBC. See the schedule for performances.

David Keary heads 2018 USA IBC Dance School

David Keary, whose resume includes dancing with the New York City Ballet, is director of the 2018 USA IBC Dance School. Faculty will include Charles Askegard, Petrusjka Broholm, Carlos dos Santos, Zhanna Dubrovskya, Fabrice Herrault, Maria Konrad, Svetlana Osiyeva, Marcus Alford and Rhodie Jorgenson.

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