Ballet 5:8's two-week Collegiate Intensive is an opportunity for dancers ages 18+ to make technical and artistic gains in a challenging yet supportive professional environment, and to explore Ballet 5:8’s mission and commitment to innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.

Collegiate Intensive 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 will 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


"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 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


Brette Benedict

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist and Répétiteur

Stephanie Joe

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist

Antonio Rosario

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist and Ballet Master

Lorianne Barclay

Ballet 5:8 Solo Artist

Samuel Opsal

Ballet 5:8 Company 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.

The showcases, held at Ballet 5:8 studios, are free for students' family and friends to attend, though advance RSVP is required.

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 housing does not include transportation or chaperones.

SPACE IS LIMITED: Housing registration is only available while hotel space lasts and must be completed by March 22.


Video Audition

Video audition applications will be accepted beginning Monday, January 7.

In-Person Audition

Dancers may alternative attend a Ballet 5:8 Spring Season Master Class held in select cities January - April as their audition.


Tuition & Fees



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Registration Fees

Priority Registration:  $35 through February 28
Standard Registration: $55 from March 1-22
Late Registration: $85 beginning March 24 (if space remains available)

Housing Package Fees

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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 May 15. All registration fees, deposits, tuition payments and housing payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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 are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions.

  • On or before March 15, a withdrawal request will result in refund of the total tuition and housing package payments previously made, with the exception of a $50 administrative withdrawal fee.

  • Between March 16 and May 15, a withdrawal request will result in a 50% refund of tuition payments previously made, with the exception of a $50 withdrawal fee; housing package payments are not refundable after March 15, and all housing package payments will be due regardless of student attendance or withdrawal.

  • Beginning May 16, 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 between January 15 and March 1.  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

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