Each summer, Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts and the Ballet 5:8 professional company partner to provide a range of summer intensive programs for intermediate and advanced students of ballet. The intensive programs, gaining wider popularity each year, exemplify our commitment to a high level of excellence in classical ballet training. However, as we know from Scripture,

…while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come [1Ti 4:8 ESV].

Each of our intensive programs includes morning worship and devotions, daily Bible study, and regular times of reflection that challenge students at all levels of maturity in their Christian faith to seek our Lord Jesus Christ above all else.

Programs

Ballet 5:8’s Summer 2015 plans include several different program lengths and levels. Students may indicate their program preference on their audition form; students will be notified of program(s) they have been accepted into in their audition result letter.

"I gained a lot more knowledge about technicality. The teachers helped me with my port-de-bras and my turnout. They gave me exercises and tips to think about and worded things differently that I wasn’t used to which was very helpful. " - Lydia Fedor, Summer Intensive 2014 Student [read the full interview here].

All summer intensive programs include: 

  • Daily ballet technique and pointe,
  • A range of afternoon classes that may include variations, repertoire, jazz, modern, improv, character dance, stretch/strengthening classes, acting/mime, port de bras, and choreography
  • Seminars on a variety of dance related topics such as nutrition, mental health, cross training and injury prevention
  • Morning devotions, Bible study and worship

"At Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive, Every Student is Valued and Nurtured as an Individual" - Ten Things to Know About Summer Intensive [read more at the Blog]

Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2014

Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2014

Level-A Program

The Level-A Program is the most advanced level of our summer intensive programs. Students expecting to attend 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. Students accepted into Level-A may elect to attend either the full five-week intensive or the End-of-Summer program for the final two weeks. The End-of-Summer program is designed to allow students who attend other intensives finish out the summer at Ballet 5:8.

Full Program – Level A

  • July 6 – August 7, 2015
  • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 5:30 or 6:30pm
  • Tuition $1,550

End-of-Summer Program – Level A (FULL)

  • July 27 – August 7, 2015
  • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 5:30 or 6:30pm
  • Tuition $620

Level-B Program

The Level-B Program is an intermediate/advanced level summer intensive program. Students expecting to attend Level-B should have completed or be in the process of completing advanced-intermediate classical ballet syllabus in a pre-professional ballet training program and should be taking ballet technique and other classes at least 3-4 days per week. Students accepted into Level-B may elect to attend the the three-week intensive, the End-of-Summer program for the final two weeks, or register for both to create a full five-week intensive. The End-of-Summer program is designed to allow students who attend other intensives finish out the summer at Ballet 5:8.

Full Program – Level B

  • July 6 – August 7, 2015
  • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 5:30 or 6:30pm
  • Tuition $1,550

Three-Week Program – Level B

  • July 6 – July 24, 2015
  • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 5:30 or 6:30pm
  • Tuition $930

End-of-Summer Program – Level B (FULL)

  • July 27 – August 7, 2015
  • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 5:30 or 6:30pm
  • Tuition $620

Level-C Program

The Level-C Program is a junior summer intensive program for intermediate students. Students expecting to attend Level-C should have completed or be in the process of completing intermediate classical ballet syllabus in a pre-professional ballet training program and should be taking ballet technique and other classes at least 2-3 days per week. Students accepted into Level-C may elect to attend one or both weeks of the two-week program.

Summer Program – Level C

  • July 13 – 24, 2015
  • Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Students may register for one or both weeks
  • Full tuition $500; one week $275

Student Showcase

Ballet 5:8’s outward-focused mission for training young artists in strong technique but also toward mature faith in Christ wouldn’t be complete during the intensive programs without an opportunity to share what we’ve been working on. Each of the intensives concludes with a Student Showcase, held on the Friday or Saturday at the end of the program. The showcases are an opportunity for students to perform variations and other repertoire learned during the intensives. Moreover, the showcases allow students, program staff, friends and family to join together in celebrating the growth experienced by students during the intensives and, most importantly, in worshiping God!

"Not only did I learn that YES! Glorifying God in dance is completely possible, but God also revealed to me why we need to glorify Him in everything we do..." - Valerie Linsner, Summer Intensive 2014 [read the full interview here].


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Audition

All students must audition for Ballet 5:8’s summer intensive programs, regardless of their enrollment status in the School of the Arts’ year-round training programs. There are separate forms and audition instructions for currently enrolled students and new students.

Audition Requirements

In order to audition for Ballet 5:8’s summer intensive programs, students must be:

  • Between 11 and 24 years old or, alternately, enrolled in Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts’ Pre-Professional Program, level IIIA or higher;
  • Have a minimum of 3 consecutive years of ballet training since the age of 7; and,
  • Be currently enrolled in a ballet training program.

Audition applications are accepted beginning November 1st.


A SPECIAL AUDITION DEADLINE EXTENSION is in place for select programs while spots last. Online application is recommended. Available spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Audition Video Instructions

Applicants submitting a completed audition packet must submit a short class video including the following exercises in order to complete their application. Videos are used for student acceptance evaluation and also level placement, for those who are accepted. Videos should be filmed within 3 months of submission, and the date of the video filming must be included along with the video submission. Videos may not be longer than three minutes in length. Please include the following exercises in the video:

  • Plies
  • Tendus
  • Adage (in center)
  • Grand allegro
  • Pirouettes en pointe in center (if applicable)

Applicants must be wearing a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes (pointe shoes if applicable, please) in the video; no other attire or costumes are acceptable. Performance videos are not acceptable in lieu of the video. Videos should be filmed in an unobstructed, clearly lit area.


Registration

  • Registration is now taking place on an as-needed basis. 
Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2014

Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2014

Housing

Updated 01/15/2015

Housing will be available to Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive students during all Level-A and Level-B programs this year. Housing is not currently available for Level C students. Housing plans include:

  • A shared room;
  • Breakfast 7 days per week;
  • Weekday lunches and dinners provided at Ballet 5:8’s studios;
  • Daily transportation between the dorms and Ballet 5:8’s studios;
  • An assigned counselor-chaperone.

Housing this year is hosted at the Hampton Inn Chicago/Tinley Park, a comfortable hotel just minutes from the Ballet 5:8 studios in Frankfort. Amenities include a pool, and complimentary wifi. Rooms include two double beds each; room rates vary depending on occupancy. If you prefer a little more space, double occupancy ensures that you'll have a full half of the room to yourself. Quad occupancy is also available, but requires sharing a bed; those registering for quad occupancy are encouraged to audition with a friend and submit a roommate request with registration.

Summer Intensive Room & Board rates are as follows and include the items listed above (room, breakfast, weekday lunches and dinners, transportation and a chaperone):

                        Double     Quad

Five Weeks     $2,500     $1,560

Three Weeks   $1,500      $940

Two Weeks      $1,000      $625

Housing registration will be provided for students accepted to the program along with other registration materials in March. Weekend lunches and dinners will vary depending on the weekend and the various weekend activities for students hosted by the chaperones - registration and details will be provided for students participating in the housing option. Students registering for the program will be able to vote on their top picks for weekend activities options, including trip to attractions like: 

  • Millenium Park
  • The Magnificent Mile (shopping)
  • Lake Michigan lakeshore path
  • The Chicago Art Institute
  • Navy Pier (including fireworks)
  • Skydeck Chicago
  • Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
  • Chicago Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

Scholarships

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 all different economic backgrounds. If you look at another way, we offer all our students what comes out to be a 30% tuition scholarship, on average, compared to other programs with similar summer intensives! 

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. All students who apply to the intensive are considered for a limited number of partial merit scholarships available. Students who do not receive a merit scholarship along with their acceptance letter will have the opportunity to apply for a financial aid scholarship between March 2, when audition results are released, and March 13. Students who receive a financial aid award must complete first-found registration no later than March 20 to keep their financial aid scholarship. Students planning to apply for financial aid are advised to download the financial aid application in advance and to be prepared to complete the application between March 2-13.