Dancers from the USA International Ballet Competition pose in front of the iconic “Welcome to Jackson” mural at State Street and Pearl Street downtown.

Friends of the USA International Ballet Competition have scheduled two events for Thursday, Oct. 27, in preparation for the IBC to be held June 10-24, 2023, at Thalia Mara Hall.At 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, the group unveil a 12-foot red sculpture of a female dancer that will serve as a centerpiece to the auditorium’s main entrance. The sculpture has been specially created by New York-based artist Jack Howard Potter.

“The sculptor will be present to install and unveil it,” said Mona Alston Nicholas, executive director of the USA IBC Competition. She said the idea for a sculpture originated during the 2018 IBC competition in Jackson when the organization borrowed a 10-foot sculpture of a dancer from Delta State University.

“It became a viral sensation,” Nicholas said, as dancers and fans from around the world posted images of themselves posing in front of it. “We called the original sculpture ‘Dancer 10’ and the new one will be named ‘Dancer 12.’”

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