Ballet 5:8's Summer Intensive is structured to provide dancers with the serious classes and training hours needed to not just "keep up" technique, but to make gains, expand artistry, and engage with many different styles of choreography along the way. 

Classes are taught by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and Ballet 5:8 Company ArtistsClasses take place inside Ballet 5:8's 7,000 square foot building in Frankfort, Illinois, about a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Ballet technique is informed by Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' comprehensive Vaganova-style training syllabus, stressing proper placement, strength and flexibility while still incorporating the contemporary sensibilities required in today's athletic, fast-paced and high-energy professional dance field. A truly intensive class and rehearsal schedule gives students a true opportunity for growth, while Ballet 5:8's commitment to teaching in a uniquely positive, nurturing environment and its passion for genuine discussion of life and faith in the context of dance combine to make Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive an incredible experience for all who attend. 

I feel stronger both mentally and physically...
— Summer Intensive Student


Monday, July 3 - Friday, August 4, 2017


  • Daily ballet technique and pointe
  • A range of afternoon classes that may include classical variations, classical repertoire, Ballet 5:8 repertoire, partnering, jazz, modern, improv, character dance, stretch/strengthening classes, acting/mime, Musical Theater, port de bras, and choreography
  • Seminars on a variety of dance related topics such as nutrition, mental health, cross training and injury prevention
  • Bible study and small group fellowship


Ballet 5:8's Summer Intensive Faculty includes Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, Ballet 5:8 Ballet Mistress Lauren Ader-Cumpston, Ballet 5:8 Company Artists, and Guest Instructors.


Daily Classes: 9:15am - 5:30pm

  • By audition only
  • Five Week Program: July 3 - Aug 4, 2017
  • Five Week Tuition 2017: $1,550
  • Three Week Program: July 17 - Aug 4, 2017
  • Three Week Tuition 2017: $925

Students planning to audition for level A should have completed or be in the process of completing advanced-level classical ballet syllabus in a pre-professional ballet training program and should be taking ballet technique and other classes at least 5 days per week.


Daily Classes: 9:15am - 5:30pm

  • Placement class upon arrival
  • Five Week Program: July 3 - Aug 4, 2017
  • Five Week Tuition 2017: $1,550
  • Three Week Program: July 17 - Aug 4, 2017
  • Three Week Tuition 2017: $925
  • Two Week Program: July 3 - July 15, 2017
  • Two Week Tuition 2017: $625
  • Single-Week Enrollment Available
  • Single-Week Tuition: $325

Students receive placement into levels B or C based on ability as demonstrated during placement class. Students planning to attend these levels should be taking ballet technique and other classes a minimum of 2-3 days per week.

Student Repertory Performances are an opportunity for students to perform variations and other repertoire learned during the intensives. Performances are held at the Ballet 5:8 studios in Frankfort and are open to students in the three-week and five-week programs. The showcases are free for students' family and friends, though advance RSVP is required.

Student Repertory Performance 2017
Friday, August 4, 2016 - 5:30pm & 7:00pm

The admission and registration process varies by level: specific instructions follow.


Admission to Level A requires advance audition including an audition application and video. Auditions will be accepted between Monday, January 2 and Friday, March 3, 2017. CLICK HERE for instructions and to access the online application. Applicants will be notified by email two to three weeks after submitting their audition of whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Registration information will subsequently be sent by email; registration must be completed by March 24, 2017.


Registration for Summer Intensive 2017 is open to students ages 11 and older for levels B & C, no audition required. Students will receive level placement in B or C on the first day of classes. Registration opens Monday, January 16, 2017 and will remain open while space lasts or until March 24, 2017. CLICK HERE for instructions and to access the online registration form. 


To further our missional value of accessibility, Ballet 5:8 regularly works to keep our tuition fees as low as possible. This ensures that our programs remain relatively affordable to a wide range of students and families from a wide range of economic backgrounds. Because we have already done everything possible to keep our tuition prices low, we are very limited in our ability to offer tuition scholarships to students applying for our intensives. Students who still require assistance may apply for financial aid between Monday, January 16 and Friday, March 3, 2017.  Financial aid awards range from 30%-50% of tuition and do not cover the cost of housing. Due to our limited ability to offer tuition scholarships, not all students who apply may receive aid. Students will receive notification of the results of their aid applications via email within two to three weeks of submitting a completed application. CLICK HERE for instructions on applying. 


Supervised overnight accommodations are available for students attending the two, three or five week segments of the program at a nearby hotel. Room and Board includes daily breakfast at the hotel, lunches and dinners Monday-Friday, transportation between the hotel and studios, and weekend activities, including sightseeing trips to downtown Chicago. Room and Board is $1,200 for two weeks, $1,785 for three weeks, or $2,960 for five weeks. Housing registration is available along with program registration while hotel space lasts and must be completed by March 24, 2017.

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