The vision of Ballet 5:8 is to be one of the foremost professional dance companies in the world and to be a place where artists create, thrive, and exchange ideas informed by our Christian faith.

The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.


Ballet 5:8 was founded as a publicly supported nonprofit organization by Julianna Rubio Slager and Amy Kozol Sanderson in 2012. Starting out with just six dancers - three professional artists, two apprentices and a trainee - the company spent its first season performing wherever there was an opportunity, in venues ranging from Links Hall in Chicago to schools all over the city and suburbs.

Today, Ballet 5:8 has a growing roster of professional dancers and an expanding repertoire of original, innovative works created by Slager and other contemporary creatives. The company shares the beauty, power and inspiration of professional dance with thousands of audience members each season across Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation through over 40 performances in settings ranging from professional theaters to school gyms. 

Ballet 5:8's multifaceted dance education center, Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, extends the company's mission to over 400 students each year at campuses in Orland Park, IL, Chicago (Beverly), Palos Heights, IL, and Valparaiso, IN. The school includes a nationally-recognized classical ballet training program, a range of recreational dance classes for all ages and levels of ability, and a uniquely nurturing environment where students thrive. Ballet 5:8 is passionate about training and equipping the artists of tomorrow and investing in local communities through accessible, high-quality dance education.

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Our Home

Ballet 5:8's studio and rehearsal space is located in Orland Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago - the third largest city in the United States. Each season, Ballet 5:8 performs not just in downtown Chicago, but all over the city, in surrounding suburbs, and all over the U.S.. The goal? To share conversation and breathtaking dance with all kinds of people in all kinds of neighborhoods and communities, spanning all kinds of social, economic, cultural and other divides. With each new year, Ballet 5:8 expands the reach of its mission to new communities, new cities, new states - even new countries - and wherever there are opportunities to go.