May 2018 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Photography \/\/ Courtesy of Indiana Ballet Conservatory Join the Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) this May for the annual Spring Showcase on Sunday, May 20. IBC\u2019s youngest dancers will present charming fairytale dances with new original choreography while upper-level dancers will perform some of their award-winning works from international ballet competitions. The showcase will highlight the arduous training that IBC\u2019s dancers and award-winning instructors have been focusing on over this past year. IBC offers one of the strongest pre-professional training programs in the Midwest and is one of the most respected conservatories in the nation. IBC produces talented students, such as award-winning IBC pre-professionals Quinn Starner and Alexandra Manuel. Starner spoke about the importance of the local community\u2019s support of IBC and its students. \u201cBallet wouldn\u2019t be ballet without people coming to see it,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen we are performing our showcases, I think that they see the strength and dedication that we show on stage. We hope that young kids see that if they work hard every day, they can pursue their dreams.\u201d \u201cEverybody here motivates me and is always working hard,\u201d Manuel expressed. \u201cWe all try to motivate each other and work hard every day as we\u2019re preparing for the Spring Showcase and Jackson.\u201d Manuel will be competing, along with Starner, in the prestigious USA Ballet International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi, in June. Manuel continued, \u201cThese competitions are very important, especially at the age that I am now because you can be seen by directors from major dance companies that can help you later in your professional dance career.\u201d IBC provides its students with opportunities and world-class training that are unique to this conservatory. Several of IBC\u2019s students have come to Carmel from other states for the opportunity to train year-round with IBC\u2019s founding artistic director, Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, and her renowned colleagues. \u201cWe have a very important showcase this year,\u201d Yakovleva-Randall emphasized. \u201cWe are representing what we have been working on for the last year, almost every single day for many hours.\u201d Purchase your tickets for IBC\u2019s Spring Showcase and enjoy an exciting glimpse at the future stars of ballet as they perform a unique variety of classical, contemporary and character repertoire. Tickets available at indianaballetconservatory.org.