- Date(s): Mon, Jun 12
- Time: 11:00 am
- Website: https://www.usaibc.com/attend/
Lecture by the USA IBC Honorary Chairman Ben Stevenson, OBE
Monday, June 12, 11:00am | Jackson Convention Complex | $20
Ben Stevenson trained in dance at the Arts Educational School in London. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Adeline Genee Gold Medal, the highest award presented to a dancer by the Royal Academy of Dance. Known as one of ballet’s great storytellers, Mr. Stevenson has received numerous awards and the highest accolades for his choreography. After 27 years as the Artistic Director at the Houston Ballet, Stevenson was named Director Emeritus and the Company’s academy was named for him. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999 for his outstanding contributions to the dance world. Continuing his lifetime of achievement, Mr. Stevenson served as the Artistic Director for the Texas Ballet Theater for eighteen years until his retirement in 2022.
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The USA International Ballet Competition – this is the stage, where the very best from around the world dance their way into legend, and every four years, the ballet world returns to Jackson, Mississippi. The USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) is a two-week “Olympic-style” competition for top young dancers and a major stepping stone toward a professional career. Competitors from all over the world vie for gold, silver and bronze medals; cash prizes; and company contracts. The audience is filled with company directors interested in hiring dancers. Dancers give their all, and it’s magnificent to see. During the 2018 USA IBC more than 44,000 people attended the performances and special events, generating a combined economic impact of $12.5 million for Jackson and the state of Mississippi. To learn more, visit www.usaibc.com.