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Dancers take the stage at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson

110 Dancers from 17 different countries will compete over the next two weeks at Thalia Mara Hall. Source: WLBT 110 Dancers from 17 different countries will compete over the next two weeks at Thalia Mara Hall. Source: WLBT
Round One in the classical division began Monday afternoon and continued Monday night at the International Ballet Competition. Source: WLBT Round One in the classical division began Monday afternoon and continued Monday night at the International Ballet Competition. Source: WLBT
They perform in the classical round through Thursday. Source: WLBT They perform in the classical round through Thursday. Source: WLBT
Dancers are competing for $150,000 in prize money and world recognition. Source: WLBT Dancers are competing for $150,000 in prize money and world recognition. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Round One in the classical division began Monday afternoon and continued Monday night at the International Ballet Competition.

110 Dancers from 17 different countries will compete over the next two weeks at Thalia Mara Hall.

They perform in the classical round through Thursday.

Dancers are competing for $150,000 in prize money and world recognition.

Michael Booker, a board member and Treasurer for IBC says the competition brings about $12 million into the city.  He says President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation making Jackson the official home of the IBC in this country.     

"From Jackson's perspective of course, it enhances the arts because arts and music define, of course, the way that we see each other," said Booker. "So having the event in Jackson helps us to see others in a more receptive, open way."

This is the third oldest International Ballet Competition in the world.  Dancers in the contemporary competition begin performances Saturday.

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