CityDance ballet auditions are Saturday, Sept. 9

Auditions for the 2017-2018 CityDance ballet program will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the Mississippi Arts Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. Sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition, CityDance provides free ballet classes for approximately 75 students enrolled in Jackson Public Schools or charter schools within the city.

Auditions are open to students who are ages 7 to 10. Children who are 11 or 12 years of age may audition ONLY if they completed CityDance last year (2016-2017 school year).

Selection is based on flexibility, rhythm and ability to follow instructions. No dance experience is required for first-time students. Classes are held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year at the Mississippi Arts Center. Leotards, tights and shoes are provided at no charge one time at the beginning of the program. Class space is limited.

Audition times are listed below. Wait times will depend on the number of children to be auditioned in each group. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the time for your child’s age group to audition.

  • 8:15 a.m. – Ages 7 & 8
  • 10:00 a.m. – Ages 9 & 10
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ages 11 & 12 – ONLY students who completed 2016-2017 CityDance

Students should wear comfortable shorts, t-shirts and socks. No costumes are permitted.

CityDance is funded in part through the generous support of the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency; the City of Jackson; Greater Jackson Arts Council; Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

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CityDance Recital concludes busy school year


Sixty students in the CityDance after-school ballet program completed the 2016-2017 school year May 18 with a recital at Belhaven University Center for the Arts.

The five classes, under the direction of instructor Kathryn Wilson, presented selections from the Camille Saint-Saëns suite, Carnival of the Animals. Approximately 300 family members and friends attended.

Sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition, CityDance provides free ballet classes, dance wear and dance shoes for approximately 75 students enrolled in the Jackson Public Schools. The program receives support by the City of Jackson and Hinds County Board of Supervisors; grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, Greater Jackson Arts Council, and Mississippi Arts Commission; and donations from individuals.