Ballet 5:8's Choreography Intensive is an opportunity for dancers ages 15-25 to learn about choreographic theory and mechanics, explore Ballet 5:8’s commitment to innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance, and gain hands-on experience by setting work during Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive.


Choreographers participate in ballet, modern, composition and improv classes with Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive throughout the week. Each choreographer also works closely with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager and Ballet 5:8 Summer Programs Faculty to create a concept, spatial design and movement vocabulary for their original work. Choreographers spend time with a team of dancers each day, working on their piece and refining the movement. There are nightly showings of the works in progress culminating with a showcase of the final work at the end of the week. Choreographers receive individual and small group mentoring and feedback throughout the process as they learn and refine choreographic skills, and hone their choreographic voice.



Program Dates

Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2020

Intensive Includes

  • Classes in ballet, modern, improv and composition.

  • The opportunity to choreograph a short original work during Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive.

  • Mentoring and feedback from Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager and Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive Faculty.

  • Final performance of new work on Friday, July 17during Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive Showcase.

“This first step into choreography was very inspiring for me, and both staff and students were encouraging me in every way to push for the best I could give.”

-Emma Jones, Choreographer 2018


Ballet 5:8's Summer Programs Faculty includes Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna SlagerArtists of the Ballet 5:8 professional company, and world-class guest instructors who bring a wealth of performing experience and training knowledge to their classrooms.


Julianna Rubio Slager

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director


Lorianne Barclay

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist

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Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist and Répétiteur


Emily Ratkos

Ballet 5:8 Solo Artist


Olivia Kruse

Ballet 5:8 Company Artist


Sam Opsal

Ballet 5:8 Company Artist


The Intensive is highly competitive: a maximum of five choreographers will be selected based on their applications.

To apply, on the "apply online" link below. You'll be asked to enter: 

  • Your contact information

  • Your current resume

  • A headshot

  • A link to a work sample video, 5 minutes or less. Edited promotional reels are not acceptable, please send a rehearsal or performance video of a work sample of your choreography.

  • A credit card to pay your $25 application fee.

Applications for the 2020 program accepted beginning December 1, 2019.

We will contact you following receipt of your application. Applicants being considered for the program will receive a request for a phone interview with Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager. Final invitations to the workshop will be made to a maximum of five choreographers. After receiving an invitation, choreographers will need to complete registration within two weeks. After the registration period, open positions may be awarded to choreographers on the wait list.


Tuition & Fees

Application Fee: $25, due at the time of application
Priority Registration:
 $35 through February 15
Standard Registration: $55 from February 16 - March 22
Late Registration: $85 beginning March 23 (if space remains available)
Tuition: $425*
Room & Board:

*Individuals who choose to combine their registration with registration for one or more weeks of Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive or Collegiate Intensive receive a discounted rate.