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.

The Summer Intensive collection at the B58 School Blog includes additional information about intensive, including interviews with students who have attended in the past [Read More].

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.

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
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

  • 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

  • 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!

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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.


NEW STUDENTS (anyone not currently enrolled in a Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts training program) must submit a completed audition packet including the required audition video by the audition deadline (February 27, 2015).


CURRENT STUDENTS (anyone currently enrolled in a Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts training program, including Pre-Profesisonal, Conservatory and Trainee) may submit a completed application form by the audition deadline
(February 27, 2015).


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

  • Summer intensive program students will receive their audition results the week of March 2, 2015.
  • The deadline to complete full program registration is March 20, 2015.
  • Any spots not filled after the registration deadline will be given to students on the wait-list.
  • Students will be notified of full-program registration procedures in their individual acceptance letters.
Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2014

Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2014

Housing

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 (two students per room, roommates assigned by Ballet 5:8);
  • Breakfast and weekend meals;
  • 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.