Off to JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (USA IBC)
Off to the USA International Ballet Competition, in Jackson, Mississippi.
Sue Lobrano (Executive Director) and Brook Wyatt Kuhne (Artistic Administrator) have invited me back to be a part of this wonderful dance event. Like the Olympics, USA IBC is held every four year.
If you are unfamiliar with this event the following quote from their website my help clarify this for you…
“One of the world’s most prestigious dance events, the USA International Ballet Competition is a two-week “Olympic-style” competition where tomorrow’s ballet stars vie for gold, silver, and bronze medals; cash awards and scholarships. Designated as the official USA Competition by a 1982 Joint Resolution of Congress, the USA IBC is held every four years, in the tradition of sister competitions in Varna, Bulgaria and Moscow, Russia”.
Over the last 12 years I have created Solos and Pas de Deux for dancers competing in competitions in New York, Paris, Havana, Tokyo, Moscow and Helsinki. Many of these dancers have won medals, critical acclaim and more importantly contracts with major companies.
But, four years ago when I invited by Sue Lobrano at the USA IBC to be a Teacher for the Competitors and an Evaluator I was thrilled. I still am thrilled to be involved. It is great to create works for the stage, but here I get an opportunity to help prepare the dancers and to then consul them on the experience.
The Jackson Competition is set up in many ways like a Dance Festival. It is not just about competiting. There are seminars, workshops, a two-week students training course, performances by world-renowned companies. While at the same time providing the opportunity for dance professionals worldwide to inter-act. All this excitement is led by the Chairman, no not Frank Sinatra, but Mr. Bruce Marks.
Over the next two weeks, I will try and shed some light into how all this works.
For more information please visit the USA IBC website at http://www.usaibc.com
The Traveling BalletMaster