These dancers accepted invitations to compete in IBC

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These dancers are one step closer to stardom.

Organizers of the USA International Ballet Competition revealed on Wednesday the names of 118 dancers, representing 19 countries, who will vie for gold medals at the 11th USA competition June 10-23 in Jackson. The competitors were selected from 289 video submissions.

Among those invited are three gold medalists from last summer’s Moscow International Ballet Competition and a Grand Prix winner from the Youth America Grand Prix New York finals.

During the two-week Jackson festival, competitors will vie for medals, thousands in cash awards, scholarships and company contracts over three rounds of classic and contemporary ballet.

The IBC debuted in Jackson in 1979, and in 1982 the city was designated the official home of the IBC by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress. Held every four years and sanctioned by the International Theater Institute of UNESCO, the IBC in Jackson is considered one of the world’s most prestigious for its illustrious history, quality of judging and level of competition.

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