Dance School

See and learn with ballet’s best

The USA IBC Dance School, to be held in conjunction with the 11th USA International Ballet Competition, June 10-24, 2023, provides the opportunity to both study with leading teachers and watch top dancers from around the globe perform.

The two-week session is geared to pre-professional ballet students ages 12-20 who have had a minimum of four consecutive years of ballet training, including one year of pointe for girls. Students receive elite training and have the opportunity to perform at the end of a challenging and fun-filled intensive.

Scholarships offered for USA IBC Dance School


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Course Offerings and Curriculum

Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Variations, Pas De Deux, Repertoire, Jazz, Lectures, Master Classes, Q&A session with competitors

Sample Schedule

Subject to change





Ballet Technique










Break and Dinner


Shuttles to Evening Performance


Evening Competition Performance




Master classes


Ice cream social with competitors

Vendor Fair

Shopping Trip 

Optional Church Service

Competition Performances

Awards Gala Ceremony


Age requirement includes students ages 12 to 20 years old as of June 10, 2023.

A minimum of 4 years of ballet required (1 year of pointe for girls).


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  • Headshot
  • 1st Arabesque (away from barre)
  • Tendu à la seconde


  • $60 (non-refundable)


On-Campus Tuition – $2,500

  • Classes with renowned faculty and accompanists
  • Housing in Belhaven University Residence Halls
  • 3 meals a day
  • Tickets to USA IBC evening performances
  • Transportation to and from airport, evening performances and activities
  • Vendor Fair
  • Competitor Social

Off-Campus Tuition – $1,500

(for students who live within a 60-mile radius of Jackson, MS)

  • Classes with renowned faculty and accompanists
  • 1 meal a day (lunch)
  • Tickets to USA IBC evening performances
  • Transportation to and from evening performances and activities
  • Vendor Fair
  • Competitor Social

Information and FAQs

Questions may be addressed to Arianna Marcell, USA IBC Dance School Administrator

Dance Facilities

All dance school classes will be held in Belhaven University’s state-of-the-art Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center.


All On-Campus students will stay on Belhaven University’s campus. Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in the Gillespie Residence HallMale access cards will not permit them on female halls and vice versa for all female students.

Counselors will stay in the Residence Halls with groups of no more than 16 students each.

Campus Security and Policies

Belhaven University Security Department provides a safe and secure campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Belhaven University Policies must be honored by all USA IBC Dance School Participants at all times.

Dining Information and Medical Clinic

Students will enjoy three meals a day served at Belhaven University’s Bailey Dining Commons in the McCravey-Triplett Student Center. Students will have a buffet-style experience and are allowed to try multiple meal options. Off-campus participants will receive lunch only.

A medical clinic is available to all dance school participants on a daily basis and is staffed with physicians, licensed nurses, and physical therapists.

Timeline – Applications and Payments

  • Application Part I: $60 application fee (non-refundable) and video audition
  • Application Part II: $500 deposit (or full payment)
  • Payment Due: $1000
  • Final Payment Due: $1000 received

Accepted applicants may pay in installments, as listed above,
or make full payment with Part II of their application.

No refunds of tuition payments will be issued

Tuition Scholarships

Six tuition scholarships, generously provided by The Outlets of MS, were made available to residents of Mississippi. Scholarship recipients and alternates were selected at two audition classes on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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Other forms of scholarships will be given at the discretion of the USA IBC Dance School Director.

Rules, Dress Code, and Packing List


Classroom Dress


  • Black leotards-one piece, modestly cut
  • Pink tights-to be worn under the leotard
  • Pink ballet slippers and black or tan character shoes (character shoes are optional)
  • Chiffon dance skirt (permissible only in some classes) and a character skirt (optional)
  • Two pairs of pointe shoes are suggested
  • Black footless tights or tightly fitted black capri-length jazz pants (to wear over leotard in modern & jazz)
  • Jazz shoes (no sneakers)
  • Hair neatly pulled up in a bun


  • White short-sleeved t-shirt and/or leotard
  • Black tights
  • White socks
  • Black or white ballet shoes
  • Jazz shoes (no sneakers)

Theater Dress

Theater attire should be dressy and modest. This includes slacks, dresses, skirts, nice shirts and blouses.

Campus Dress

Clothing worn around campus is casual but modest.  A cover-up should always be worn over dance clothing when not in a studio.

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Roommate Requests

Students will have the opportunity to request a roommate during Part 2 of their application. Roommate requests will be honored if requested mutually by two accepted students who are less than two years apart in age.

Travel Details

Students are required to arrive on the Belhaven University campus between 8 AM and 4 PM on Friday, June 9, 2023 for move-in and student orientation in the evening.

At the end of the USA IBC Dance School, students must depart from campus prior to 12 PM on Friday, June 23, 2023.

Transportation from the Jackson-Evers International Airport to Belhaven University’s campus is available for each student arriving on Friday, June 9, 2023 and from Belhaven University’s campus to the airport for students departing the morning of Friday, June 23, 2023. Students arriving late or departing early are responsible for their own transportation.

Detailed information will be available in the coming months.

Class Placement

Students will be pre-placed in levels based on their video audition. All faculty level placement decisions are FINAL.


Counselors are responsible for the personal and practical needs of students during the 2023 USA IBC Dance School. They ensure students are comfortable on campus, facilitate weekend and evening activities, assist in transportation to and from performances and off campus activities, provide moral support and enforce rules for the duration of the school. The role of Dance School Counselor is suited to an energetic, positive individual with strong communication skills. For a full description of counselor responsibilities see below.

Each counselor applicant must agree to a background check. Dance and Resident Life experience is preferred. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age by June 10, 2023. Counselors live on campus with students in the Residence Halls. They receive three meals per day and may take dance school classes (as the schedule allows) in addition to attending evening performances.

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