Jun 13, 2014
By Andy Johnson
Young dancers from around the world are gathering in Jackson, Mississippi, for the USA International Ballet Competition. This year’s competition runs from Saturday through June 29, with 92 competitors vying for medals, scholarships, cash and maybe a job offer from a ballet company. For Mississippi’s capital city, it’s a chance to show off the renovated auditorium hosting the competition. The venue is named for Thalia Mara, the dance director who brought the first competition to Jackson in 1979. The competition is worth millions to the community.