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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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Dancing starts at USA International Ballet Competition

JACKSON — Young dancers from six continents are gathering in Jackson for the USA International Ballet Competition, aiming to win prizes and further their careers. The 2014 competition runs from today through June 29, with 92 competitors vying for medals, scholarships, cash and maybe a job offer from a ballet company. Dancers like Katherine Barkman, a 17-year-old soloist from Richboro, ...

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Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet to present The Little Mermaid

The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of JenniferBeasley, will present a brand new full-length ballet based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Little Mermaid.” Performances will take place April 5 and 6 at 2 pm at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center on Ridgewood Road in Jackson. Choreographed and conceived by Atlanta-based choreographer Kristy Nilsson, the ...

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USA International Ballet kicks off in June in Jackson

JACKSON — Top young dancers from around the globe will perform next June during the festival of dance, also known as the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. USA IBC will celebrate 35 years in Jackson during the two-week event that begins June 14, 2014. USA IBC Executive director Sue Lobrano said organizers expect between 30,000 and 40,000 to attend some ...

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Study: Ballet competition brought $10.2M into Capital City

JACKSON — The USA International Ballet Competition’s economic impact leaped into double-digit millions for the first time when it was last in Jackson, with the event’s $10.2 million impact on the state, a recently released study shows. Compiled by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the numbers offer an “apples to apples” comparison with figures ...

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