Project Tutu is a Tutu Design Competition modeled after the famed "Project Runway." It is sponsored by and the International Ballet Competition (USA-IBC), Jackson. Amateur and professional Tutu-makers from all over the world are invited to Jackson, MS to compete for the prizes and be featured in the renowned Project Tutu Fashion Show.

Ballet-lovers can participate in our online New Designer Search voting contest and shop our Scholarship Silent Auction for extraordinary costumes & services.  The Silent Auction features professional-quality classical tutus, Peasant-style (Giselle, Coppelia, etc.) dance dresses, beautiful custom-designed tiaras, and many other great items.

Ballet & Fashion collide for this celebrated event every four years. Join in the fun!


Each competitor creates a tutu masterpiece in two and a half days with materials provided by ballet costume shop and online retailer, Each designer will be assigned a dancer/model on whom they will fit their design, which will then be featured in the Tutu Fashion Show. Come compete June 19-22 in Jackson, MS at USA-IBC!

First, Second and Third Place prizes are awarded by a distinguished panel of ballet industry judges. 

Competition updates will be published on our Facebook Page. View USA-IBC Calendar.

Learn about past winners and other informative article in our Project Tutu Blog



  • June 22nd 1:30PM. Reception to follow.
  • Atrium of the Westin Hotel.
  • Free Admission.
  • Hosted by the USA - International Ballet Competition &

All competing tutus are featured alongside tutus of professional ballet costume designers, costumes from acclaimed designer David Heuvel, courtesy of Ballet West, and designs. Project Tutu Fashion Show is attended by world-renowned ballet directors and choreographers, dancers and balletomanes.

This popular event is historically standing-room only. This year we hope to stream live from the Facebook Page.

Learn more about featured costume designer, David Heuvel of Ballet West.


SILENT AUCTION and the USA-IBC host a silent auction of professional ballet costumes and services to raise funds for a dance scholarship, proceeds to be presented to one of the ballet competitors on-stage during the awards ceremony. USA-IBC competitors can apply for the scholarship by writing a one to two page essay about what ballet means to them and how the scholarship would change/improve their artistic journey. Auction items will be on display in the Thalia Mara Theatre Lobby, and/or the Westin Hotel Atrium. 

The Scholarship Fund is administered by the USA-IBC.


Not ready to compete? Come learn! TutuSchool classes will be offered during USA-IBC, June 14-18, 2023, in Westin Hotel's Oxford Room. Pay by the class. Materials included.

Classes offered include: