The CityDance program provides FREE ballet classes through the USA International Ballet Competition for Jackson Public School students, nurturing interest in dance. Students range from 7 to 12 years old and may be male or female. Children must be 7 years-old by September 12th, no exceptions. For students age 7-10, no prior dance experience is required. Children age 11 or 12 may audition only if they completed the CityDance program last year. Dancewear and shoes are provided at no charge at the beginning of the year.  Selection for our program is based on flexibility, rhythm, and the ability to follow dance instruction.

All classes will be held at the Mississippi Art’s Center (201 E. Pascagoula St.) Children will be placed in a class on Tuesday or Thursday from 3:45-4:45pm. We cannot guarantee acceptance as we only have 15 spaces available. Space is limited and will be determined on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified of your class promptly after completing registration. All dancers and staff members are required to wear masks at all times. We have additional safety precautions such as temperature checks and social distancing. A spring recital will be held at Belhaven Center for the Arts in May of 2021.

Due to COVID-19 and our efforts to protect both our dancers and staff, we will only be accepting online applications at this time. Please visit to complete the application. The deadline to register is October 30th, 2020.  If you are unable to complete the online application or have any questions please contact Sara Berry-Lee at or 601-355-9853 ext 202.

To complete a City Dance Application, click here: 2020-2021 APPLICATION

Offered by the USA IBC each school year since 2003, CityDance is funded in part through the generous support of the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agencyl; Henry & Martha Hederman Charitable Foundation; and other individual donors. For information on CityDance email or call 601-355-9853, ext. 5.

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

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