MSA students chosen for the prestigious IBC program are pictured from left: Junyla Silmon of Madison, Jamison Carroll of Florence, Abigail Bankson of Laurel, Devonna Curtis of Terry (who received a scholarship for the program) and Kenya Moore of Jackson.

Several Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Dance students have been accepted into the prestigious USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) Dance School, to be held in conjunction with the 11th USA International Ballet Competition, coming back to Jackson, Mississippi June 9-23, 2018.
The opportunity will allow students 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. Students receive elite training and have the opportunity to perform at the end of a challenging and fun-filled intensive.

Master classes and lectures are offered by ballet’s top professional dancers and choreographers. At the conclusion of the two-week program, scholarship awards to ballet intensives around America are offered to select students.

The Mississippi School of the Arts is a public statewide eleventh and twelfth grade residential high school located in Brookhaven, MS on the Historic Whitworth College campus. Annually, MSA enrolls approximately 145 students who meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum by receiving intensive instruction in dance, literary arts, theatre, visual arts, vocal music and media arts/filmmaking. The graduating class of 2017, 55 Seniors, received $10.2 million in college scholarship offers and MSA has the #3 ACT average in the state. Students interested in MSA apply their sophomore year. Qualified students attend an onsite audition process.

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