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USA/IBC - What does it take to win?

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More international ballet competition at Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson Monday afternoon and evening.

I looked into what it will take to make the first cut this Wednesday night. IBC competitors from around the world are putting their best foot forward on stage. Needless to say, the competition is intense. Dancers are doing their best to impress the jury of 11 international judges. Wednesday is called cut night.

Executive Director Sue Lobrano told us Monday, "All of the scores have to be tabulated and we have a person that does that for us. Those scoring 7 and above move to round 2. They are judging a score of 1-10. They are looking for musicality, artistry and technicality. Those who don't make a 7 will be eliminated Wednesday night."

However, they will be hosted in Jackson and perform at the closing ceremony. That exposure can land them a job. That's because the audience will be filled with talent scouts. "The company director's, they have people who didn't win medals, they hire people that they like and think would fit well in their company that could have been eliminated, so, we want to keep them here so we can keep them in front of all these people,"said Lobrano.

The highest award is the City of Jackson Grand Prix award, $15-thousand dollars and a gold medal.

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