Yesterday we heard from Hannah about the USA IBC and their “Reunion Gala” event coming up in mid-July. We also had Executive Director, Sue Lobrano share a little information with us about this special day…along with some photos.
What is the “Reunion Gala”?
The USA International Ballet Competition (USA IBC) presents a Reunion Gala between competitions bringing back former medal winners for a one-night performance. Other events are also planned such as a dinner honoring the dancers, master classes taught by some of the dancers and a gala party following the performance. All are open to the public.
How did the idea for this first come about?
The USA IBC takes place once every four years. The idea of a gala in between competitions came about to keep the USA IBC in the public’s view. It also provides jobs for our dancers.
What are some of the highlights of the gala?
To me the highlights are what I talked about in question #1. Parties to enjoy and mingle with the dancers , master classes taught by some of the participating dancers, but the real highlight is to see these dancers once again after they have begun their careers.
Every four years the USA IBC brings the dance world to Jackson, MS for two extraordinary weeks of stunning performances by gifted dancers from around the globe. The not to be missed Reunion Gala brings former IBC medalists together for one night of exciting, explosive dance.
4dancers also reached out to Carla Wall, IBC Board Member and long-time volunteer. Carla has been around since 1979, and she shared some of her thoughts on the event:
“For those who have attended IBC performances in the past, it brings back the thrill of seeing these superb dancers perform at the top of their game. For those attending for the first time, the Reunion Gala is a perfect time to experience the artistry of some of the ballet world’s most recognized stars.
One of my favorite dancers of all the IBC competitions is Jose Carreno. He wowed the audience from the first time he stepped onto the stage in 1990 and was the winner of the prestigious Grand Prix award that year. Carreno went on to become principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. He retired from that role last summer. It is a special privilege to see him dance at this year’s Reunion Gala.”