Looking for the benefits of intensive summer study at a post-high school level? Ballet 5:8's brand new two-week Collegiate & Professional Intensive is an opportunity for dancers ages 18+ to make technical and artistic gains in a challenging yet supportive professional environment designed especially for dancers at trainee, college and professional levels. Attendees will also explore Ballet 5:8’s mission and commitment to innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.

Classes are taught by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, Artists of the Ballet 5:8 professional company, and world-class guest instructors. Classes take place inside Ballet 5:8's newly remodeled 12,000 square foot building with five studios, about a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Ballet technique is informed by Ballet 5:8’s basis in Vaganova technique - stressing proper placement, strength and flexibility - while incorporating the contemporary sensibilities required in today's athletic, high-energy professional dance field. An intensive class and rehearsal schedule gives students a true opportunity for growth, while Ballet 5:8's commitment to teaching in light of the health of the entire person - the body and the mind - allows dancers to thrive. The intensive is infused with Ballet 5:8's Christian basis and invites dancers into conversation of life and faith through Bible study, small group discussion and the stories told in Ballet 5:8's diverse repertoire. 

"I learned more in one week here than in a whole month at other intensives. The teachers are excellent and really care about their students. I can tell that they really want to help us students succeed… I wasn't just given corrections, but also how to apply them. The atmosphere was refreshing."

-Katrina, Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018



Program Dates

Monday, July 22 - Friday, August 2, 2019
By audition only; full enrollment is required.

All Levels Include

  • Daily ballet technique and pointe

  • A range of classes that may include men’s & women’s classical variations, classical repertoire, Ballet 5:8 repertoire, partnering/pas de deux, jazz, modern, improv, character dance, Pilates, Yoga, Progressing Ballet Technique, acting/mime, port de bras, men’s pressage, and choreography

  • Seminars on a variety of dance related topics such as acting, nutrition, mental health, cross training and injury prevention

  • Bible study and small group fellowship

Audition & Registration

Late registration remains open for a limited time while just a few remaining spots remaining available - audition today!

"I always feel like I gain coordination and strength in class and I enjoy working on musicality and artistry in rehearsal!"

-Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018 Student & Current Trainee


Ballet 5:8's Collegiate & Professional Intensive 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

Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist and Répétiteur

Emily Ratkos

Ballet 5:8 Solo Artist

Samuel Opsal

Ballet 5:8 Company Artist

Stephanie Joe

Ballet 5:8 Former Lead Artist

"I gained strength and a new perspective on tough spiritual topics."

-Daria, Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018 Student & Current Trainee

Performance Opportunities

Ballet 5:8 Summer Showcases are an opportunity for dancers to perform variations, new choreography and Ballet 5:8 repertoire.


Ballet 5:8 Summer Showcase #2
Collegiate Program

Friday, August 2, 2019 | Times TBA

"I always gain a bit more of turnout, as well as a better understanding of how I can use my technique to glorify God."

-Emma, Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive Student 2018 & Current Trainee



Overnight accommodations are available at the Hampton Inn, Tinley Park. The Collegiate Intensive Housing Package includes lunches and dinners at Ballet 5:8 studios Monday-Friday. Collegiate Intensive dancers are responsible for their own transportation and weekend meals. Dancers may also choose to register for the Summer Intensive housing package that includes transportation to and from the studios - see the Handbook for details.*

*Housing registration is now closed.


Dancers may audition by video or by attending a Spring Season Master Class.

Tuition & Fees


Registration Fees

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 Fees

Collegiate Intensive Tuition: $720

Housing Package Fees

Collegiate Intensive Housing Package $1,095

Registration Policies

Ballet 5:8 Collegiate Intensive registration requires payment of a non-refundable registration fee, a tuition deposit, and housing package deposit (if applicable). Deposits are counted toward total amounts due. Standard registration will remain open through March 22. Beginning March 23, registration may remain open on a limited basis for any remaining available spots in the program and in housing; late registration is subject to availability and the sole discretion of Ballet 5:8 staff. All tuition and fees must be paid by April 26. Most registration fees, deposits, tuition payments and housing payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Dancers registering for the full housing package must additionally complete and return all medical forms included in their registration packet no later than May 15 in order to reside in chaperoned housing. 

Registration Withdrawal

Dancers who choose to withdraw their Collegiate Intensive registration after submittal are subject to the following policies: 

  • All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to be considered.

  • Registration fees and deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions.

  • On or before March 15, a withdrawal request will result in refund of the tuition and housing package payments previously made, with the exception of a $100 withdrawal fee and the tuition and housing deposits.

  • Between March 16 and April 26, a withdrawal request will result in a refund of tuition, with the exception of a $250 withdrawal fee and the tuition and housing deposits. Housing fees are due in full and non-refundable beginning March 16.

  • Beginning April 27, all tuition, fees and housing package fees are fully due, non-refundable and non-transferrable, regardless of student attendance or withdrawal.

Financial Aid

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Ballet 5:8 regularly works to keep our tuition fees as low as possible. This ensures that our programs remain as affordable and accessible as possible. Because we already work to limit costs in order to keep our tuition prices low, we are very limited in our ability to offer tuition scholarships to students applying for our intensives. Students who still require assistance may apply for financial aid - the deadline for applications is March 15.  Financial aid awards range from 30%-50% of tuition and do not cover the cost of housing. Due to our limited ability to offer financial aid tuition scholarships, not all students who apply may receive aid or the full amount of aid requested. Students will receive notification of the results of their aid applications via email within two weeks of submitting a completed application. The financial aid application form is available here.

“I've gained some wonderful friends. Also a deeper love for Christ.”

-Emmaline, Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018

Additional Information