Ballet 5:8’s Christian Dance Educators Leadership Summit is a three-day conference bringing together dance educators, administrators and leaders from across the country. Attendees will gain insight and inspiration on best practices in teaching and pedagogy, choreography, administration, staff management, leadership and more from seasoned directors in the field.

The field of dance is typically full of people who love dance and love what they do. Even so, there is a lot of work to be done! While managing a dance school or organization can be very fruitful and rewarding, it also brings its own challenges. This event is an invitation to spend a weekend gaining practical tools, encouragement, and refreshment, as well as networking and sharing insight with other dance educators, administrators and leaders. The Summit is dedicated to fostering excellence in dance education, to encouraging and equipping dance educators, administrators and leaders from all backgrounds, and to ensuring that dance education centers can become and continue to be leaders in keeping the communities we serve healthy and strong through the arts.


Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager teaching at Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive 2018

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager teaching at Ballet 5:8’s Summer Intensive 2018

Program Dates

Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29, 2019


The Summit will begin on Thursday evening with an opening session featuring Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager. On Friday, June 28 participants will start off the day with a guided morning prayer walk and a session featuring a Summit keynote speaker. In the afternoon, participants will be able to choose two out of six different available sessions, getting a chance to focus in on their particular area of interest pertaining to administration, teaching or leadership. The afternoon will conclude with a time of corporate prayer and worship* designed to provide encouragement and refreshment amid the particular challenges and stresses of leadership in the dance education field. After dinner and networking, the day will conclude with a final session featuring a Summit keynote speaker. On Saturday, participants will be able to start off their day with a Christian Yoga class. The day will include two more general sessions and a second opportunity for participants to attend breakout sessions pertaining to their particular area of interest. The Summit closing session, featuring Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, will be attended by Summit participants as well as participants from the Revive Retreat for professional dancers. Participants can elect to additionally register for a Progressing Ballet Technique Certification course held at Ballet 5:8 studios on Sunday, June 30.

*Ballet 5:8 is an independent nonprofit organization with a Christian basis, but it is not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination. Dance educators, administrators and leaders from all backgrounds are welcome to attend the event and to participate in prayer and worship segments to the extent they choose and are comfortable with.

Schedule Summary

  • Thursday, June 27: Opening session, 7:00-9:00pm

  • Friday, June 28: Sessions + Dinner, Networking 9:00am-9:00pm

  • Saturday, June 29: Sessions 9:00am-5:00pm

  • Progressing Ballet Technique Certification course available on Sunday, June 30 (separate registration) >> LEARN MORE

Who Should Attend the Summit?

The Summit is open to anyone currently working in the field of dance education: this includes teachers, choreographers, administrators, directors, studio owners, even board members! The Summit is appropriate for those working with both small and large organizations, from neighborhood studios to pre-professional training centers and everything in between, including both nonprofit and for-profit organizational formats. Anyone who is interested in professional development for dance educators and administrators, excellence in dance education, and who would like some personal refreshment and encouragement through others in the field is encouraged to attend!

Why Should I Attend the Summit?

  1. Learn best practices and gain insight from our panel of speakers: seasoned directors who have extensive experience in the field.

  2. Get refreshment through a weekend away alongside other educators, administrators and leaders in the field.

  3. Network with other educators, administrators and leaders in the field.

Featured Speakers

Julianna Rubio Slager


Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Julianna Rubio Slager is originally from Spring Arbor, Michigan. Slager began her dance training with Mrs. Lori Ladwig and went on to study under notable teachers from Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Vaganova Academy and Puerto Rican National Ballet. Slager enjoyed dancing under Barbara Smith at Greater Lansing Ballet during her training, and also under Kathy Thibodeaux and Sol Maisonet at Ballet Magnificat. Upon moving to Chicago, Slager had the opportunity to work as freelance artist, teacher and choreographer in the Greater Chicago area. Slager was instrumental in the co-founding of Ballet 5:8 in 2012. Beginning in 2014, Ballet 5:8 began touring nationally, bringing Slager's critically acclaimed ballets such as Scarlet and The Stor(ies) of You and Me to audiences across the nation. In 2015, Slager was awarded the Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago for recognition and continued development of her choreographic work. 

In the short span of six years, Slager has enjoyed training and mentoring her first generation of aspiring artists in Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' Pre-Professional and Conservatory programs, and in the Ballet 5:8 Trainee Program. She has had the joy of watching her students be accepted into many prestigious summer intensive, trainee and year-round programs, including the Kirov Academy, Pittsburg Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ellison Ballet, School of American Ballet, and others.


Patricia Hoffman

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Patricia Hoffman is Founder & Artistic Director of Colorado Ballet Society. Before moving to Colorado Springs, she was the founder and Director of La Jolla Festival Ballet and Dance Center in Southern California for 10 years. Ms. Hoffman began her studies in Monterey, California, with Patricia Wester. At age 16, she began studying full time with England's Ballet Rambert. She received her MFA in classical ballet from U.S. International University where she also later joined the faculty. Ms. Hoffman performed principal roles created for her with Ballet International and San Diego Ballet. She also directed and taught in London, at the San Diego Ballet School, and the USIU Conservatory of the Arts.

Randall Flinn

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Randall Flinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company, began his dance training in Houston over twenty five years ago with Glenn Hunsucker, Camille Long Hill, Dina Vail and Patsy Swayze. His most recent modern dance influences have come from studies with The José Limón Dance Company and Steve Rooks, former principal dancer with Martha Graham. He has taught and choreographed in the Houston area as a guest artist for the Houston Ballet Academy, The Episcopal High School, Houston Met Dance Company, Joan Karff Dance Company, The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and North Harris Performing Arts Dance Company.

Flinn was selected as a guest choreographer for Houston’s Dance Salad 1999, Dance Houston 2006, and Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance 2007. Nationally, he has served as guest faculty and choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil’s-Alegria, Ballet Magnificat, Belhaven University, Friends University, Project Dance NYC, LA, and Sydney, Australia, as well as Hillsong and Dance Revolution Conventions.

Having lived throughout Europe and Asia for ten years, Mr. Flinn has also been a guest artist for Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary – Hong Kong, Guanzhou Modern Dance Company – China, Xaris Danz Europe, and Youth With a Mission International Schools of the Arts.


Lara Faucher

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Lara Faucher is an Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University in the Department of Music and Dance and is on Faculty at the Grand Rapids Ballet School. She began her training with the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet under the direction of Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner. She received additional training from renowned teachers such as Sally Seven, Cherie Noble, George DeLaPena, Rebecca Wright, Paul Sutherland, Beatrice Rodriguez, Edward Villella and Trinette Singleton. Her continued studies took her to the Joffrey and Ballet Magnificat. Lara danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat! touring throughout the United States and Canada. After dancing professionally, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hope College with a B.A. in Performance/Choreography. She is the recipient of the Florence Cavanaugh Award in 1998 and the H.J.Kuiper Award in 2002.

Ms. Faucher is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Ms. Faucher is also the Resident Dance Artist at the Holland Area Arts Council where she offers privates and consulting. She also travels as a guest teacher and choreographer throughout the State of Michigan. Lara was Founder and Artistic Director of Turning Pointe School of Dance in Holland, Michigan, from 1999 to the Spring of 2014. During this time, she developed an intensive curriculum for ballet and choreographed nine full length ballets while having the privilege to mentor and train many students into professional careers in dance.

Sample Session Topics

For Teachers…

  • Best Teaching Practices

  • Inspiring Hard Work in a World of “Insta”

  • Modern Dance Pedagogy for Teachers of Modern Dance

  • Navigating Syllabus and Choosing Curriculum

  • Choreography

  • Effective Level Placement & Evaluations

For Administrators…

  • Parent Communication & Boundaries

  • Publicity & Marketing: Building your Story Brand

  • Staff Management

  • Student Retention

  • Private Donor Funding for NFP’s

  • Grant Writing

  • Music Rights and Grand Rights for Ballets

For Leaders…

  • The Transcendent and Redemptive Nature of The Arts

  • Servant Artists As Priests and Prophets To Contemporary Culture

  • Excellence in our Craft: Speaking the Truth in Love

  • Developing Bible Studies and Incorporating the Bible in Ballet

  • Finding Refreshment during the Lonely Seasons of Leadership


Priority Registration:  $300 through February 15
Standard Registration: $350 from February 16 - April 30
Late Registration: $400 beginning May 1 (if space remains available)

Registration includes conference entrance, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and dinner on Friday.