The International Ballet Competition (IBC) started in Varna, Bulgaria. The currently rotation of cities includes Helsinki, Finland; Shanghai, China; New York, New York...
"I've been competing since I was nine-years-old. At the beginning it was small competitions. Not so important," Manuela Navarro, 25, said.
"Thalia Mara who was a dancer and a coach and a creator and a choreographer," International Liason for the Jackson IBC Olga Guardia Smoak said.
"I like it because there is so much green around. It's a city but it's not like the big city where it's so loud. It's like you can sleep quietly at night. It's very peaceful. I like it here," Manu said.
"And she moved here and started thinking that she had been to other competitions and she wanted to bring the world to Jackson. The ballet world," Guardia Smoak said.