Dance Where Students Thrive

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 dance and choreography along the way. Classes - taught by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Staff and Company Artists - are informed by Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' comprehensive Vaganova-style training syllabus that stresses proper placement, strength and flexibility but also incorporates the contemporary sensibilities required in today's athletic, fast-paced and high-energy professional dance field. The best part is that all this takes place in a uniquely positive, nurturing environment. Summer Intensive at Ballet 5:8 is not only about dance, but a special opportunity for dancers to gain new friends and explore Ballet 5:8's mission for genuine discussion of life and faith in the context of dance. 

Overview

Summer Intensive take place inside Ballet 5:8's 7,000 square foot building in Frankfort, Illinois, about a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Classes take place in Ballet 5:8's four studios, each outfitted with full-length mirrors, sprung flooring, and professional marley. Ballet 5:8's building also includes administrative offices, dressing rooms, and a costume shop. 

All Summer Intensive Levels Include:

  • Daily ballet technique and pointe
  • A range of afternoon classes that may include variations, partnering, jazz, modern, improv, character dance, stretch/strengthening classes, acting/mime, port de bras, and choreography
  • Opportunities to learn classical repertoire as well as original Ballet 5:8 repertoire in classical, neoclassical and contemporary styles
  • Performing opportunities in outreach settings and during the Student Showcase performances
  • Seminars on a variety of dance related topics such as nutrition, mental health, cross training and injury prevention
  • Small group fellowship
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Enrollment Options

  • Full Program: July 4 - August 5, 2016
  • Three-Week Option: July 4 - 22, 2016
  • Two-Week Option: July 25 - August 5, 2016

Performance Opportunities 

Student Showcase performances are an opportunity for students to perform variations and other repertoire learned during the intensives. Showcase performances are typically held at the Ballet 5:8 studios in Frankfort. The showcase is free for students' family and friends, though advance RSVP is required. 

  • Mid-Intensive: Friday, July 22 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Final Showcase: Friday, August 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Program Levels

Students receive placement into one of the three Summer Intensive program levels based on ability as demonstrated during the audition process, not age. This ensures that students are able to take classes with other dancers at a similar level of technical proficiency during the program and that they are able to take advantage of instruction specifically tailored to their level.  The three levels are as follows:

Level-A Program
Daily Classes: 9:15am - 5:30pm

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.

Level-B Program
Daily Classes: 9:15am - 5:30pm

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 3-4 days per week. 

Level-C Program
Daily Classes: 9:15am - 3:30pm
Single Week Registration Available

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.