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The state of Mississippi has long been renowned for its cultural diversity and soulful rhythms. The artistic landscape in Mississippi is rich in the realms of music, literature, and visual arts. Names like B.B. King, Eudora Welty, and Walter Anderson have become synonymous with our state.  As for the performing arts, and specifically dance, it is hard to compete with states like New York, who boast the Great White Way, the Metropolitan Opera, and two of the greatest ballet companies in the world: the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  But, Mississippi holds its own! The USAIBC (United States International Ballet Competition) is the most respected and renowned ballet competition in the world, and is held in Jackson every four years.  Truly, the WORLD of ballet descends upon Mississippi every time the Competition rolls around.  But what about the years in between the IBC?  Luckily, central Mississippi has an abundance of local dance talent, and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet has been contributing to that portion of our artistic landscape for the past 30 years.  more
The dazzle of the USA International Ballet Competition goes far beyond the artistic athleticism of its brilliant young dancers, the thrill of their keen competition and the sparkle of tomorrow’s stars on the stage. more
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the direction of Jennifer Beasley, presents the full-length ballet “Frozen Heart” on Saturday, March 25, at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center. Based on “The Snow Queen” fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen and set to a classic score by Hugo Alfven, the ballet features nearly 100 local dancers who are members of the ballet company and guest artists from Ballet Memphis and Manassas Ballet Theatre. more
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet (MMB) will present “The Nutcracker” on December 3 and 4 at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center. A tradition for audience members and dancers alike, the full-length ballet is the perfect opportunity to introduce younger family members to the art form. The beautiful sets, dazzling choreography and splendid choreography are sure to please patrons of all ages. more
Anu Amen-Ra has perfected the art of hand-rolling fine cigars, including nearly half a decade of trips to Cuba and working in the famous Trinidad factory in Havana, and turned it into a luxury service. more
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet (MMB) presents a new production of Charles Maple’s “Wizard of Oz” on April 2 and 3 at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center. Featuring Maple’s inventive choreography, exquisite costumes and dynamic sets, this presentation of the classic story is sure to please audience members of all ages.   more
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, based in Madison since 1992, opens its 29th season Dec.4-5the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker,” featuring a cast of over 150 local dancers and guest artists from Ballet Memphis. Attending a performance of the ballet at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center is an annual tradition for many in the metro area. In addition to witnessing the exciting choreography, sparkling costumes, beautiful sets and artistic feats of the production, patrons will have the opportunity to begin a new tradition this year as MMB introduces its Land of Sweets VIP Tour. more
Choreographed by Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet artistic director Jennifer Beasley, Cinderella returns to the stage at Jackson Academy featuring over 80 local dancers and a host of favorite guest artists. The production brings the classic fairy tale to life. more
A tradition continues in November when the Chula Homa Hunt rides to the hounds and to the thrill of the chase. more
Under the direction of Jennifer Beasley, Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet opens its 28th season with the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. The production will feature professional guest artists from across the nation and over 120 local dancers in four performances. more
Nearly 100 local dancers are set to dazzle audiences in March for the full-length ballet “Frozen Heart.” presented by the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the direction of Jennifer Beasley. more
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Beasley, presents its annual production of The Nutcracker on December 14-15 at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center on Ridgewood Road in Jackson. The holiday classic, the first production of the ballet company’s 27th season, features more than 140 local dancers and internationally-known guest artists. more
Ballet Mississippi’s spring performance, “Let the Ladies Dance,” will showcase the work of three wonderful female choreographers and selections from the classical ballet, “Paquita,” on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. more
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Beasley, will present their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as professional guest artists will join a cast of over 100 local dancers for the company’s 26th annual presentation of the classic holiday ballet. more
Tucked away in the heart of the Belhaven Neighborhood, New Stage Theatre begins its 53rd Season September 11th with Morningside, a new comedy written and directed by Mississippi native Topher Payne. Building upon previous seasons, this year’s productions are grouped together under the theme “The Power of Place,” and have an exceptionally high number of plays by Mississippians or about Mississippi. more
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Beasley, will celebrate its 25th anniversary season with a look back at favorite scenes from their original story ballets.  more
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the direction of Jennifer Beasley, will present their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on December 9-10 at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center, on Ridgewood Road in Jackson. Professional guest artists from Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, and a USA International Ballet Competition Bronze Medalist will join the cast of over 100 local dancers in the company’s 25th anniversary presentation of the classic holiday ballet. more
Wells United Methodist Church has been holding Wellsfest for the past three decades, and though their longtime pastor Rev. Keith Tonkel passed away this year, Wellsfest 2017 is powering ahead with their goal to help others. The money they raise this year will go to the Methodist Children’s Home in Jackson. more
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet will present the classic fairytale ballet “Cinderella” at Jackson Academy's Performing Arts Center this March with performance March 25-26. The ballet will feature all original choreography, dazzling sets and costumes, and more than 80 dancers from the metro- Jackson area. A special opportunity to meet the cast will be offered at Cinderella’s Tea Party following the March 26 performance. more
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the direction of Jennifer Beasley, will present their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on December 10-11 at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center, on Ridgewood Road in Jackson. Guest artists Gabriela Mesa and Huberto Blanco will dance the lead roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier, and guest artist Javier Miranda will dance the role of The Snow King.  All three guest artists were trained at the Cuban National Ballet School and danced with the National Ballet of Cuba before coming to the United States. more
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