The USA International Ballet Competition kicks off.
A Parade of Nations, the lighting of an Olympic-style flame and a performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet ushered in the 10th USA International Ballet Competition with style on Saturday.
Surrounded by competitors, Joseph Phillips, 2002 USA IBC Junior Gold Medalist, lights the flame Saturday to open the USA IBC competition at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson.
"It's a vigorous schedule. We pretty much work 8 a.m. to midnight every day," said Jared Sayeg, a lighting designer.
....."We've been working on the project for at least three to four months prior to arriving here – prepping all the paperwork, inspecting all the equipment. Every light you see here on stage is rented and it's all brought in for the international ballet," Sayeg said.