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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the dress code?

Students should refer to their handbook for detailed dress code information. The basic Summer Intensive dress code for female dancers is a solid black leotard, and pink tights (footed please), pink ballet shoes, and hair in a high bun. The basic dress code for male dancers is a solid white shirt, black tights (footed please), black shorts, and black ballet shoes.

Q: What else should I bring? 

Students should refer to their handbook for detailed packing list information. Some examples are:

  • A yoga or pilates mat with your name clearly marked on it.
  • At least one water bottle with your name clearly marked on it.
  • A Bible, if desired (not on your cell phone, please).
  • A journal or notebook and pencils/pens.
  • Non-perishable snacks such as granola bars.

Q: What is the average class size?

Class sizes during the Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive program can vary throughout the day. Ballet technique classes often have the smallest number of students, while other classes like conditioning and port de bras may take place in larger class settings. The maximum class size for a ballet technique class is typically 25 dancers. 

Q: What dance styles are offered during the intensive? 

The primary focus of Ballet 5:8's Summer Intensive is classical ballet training. Because of this, students attend ballet technique and pointe classes daily. Additional classes may include classical repertoire, Ballet 5:8 repertoire, stretch/strengthen, port de bras, modern, jazz, contemporary, Musical Theater and improv. 

Q: How do I know what my daily schedule will be? 

Students registered for the intensive will not receive a daily class schedule in advance of the intensive. Instead, daily class schedules will be posted at the studios on a rolling basis. Morning classes all begin at the same time, regardless of level placement; the first morning class is typically ballet technique or a conditioning class. Afternoon classes include a rotation of additional disciplines and seminars. Students should always arrive at the studios each morning dressed for ballet technique class, with supplies for other classes like shorts and a yoga/pilates mat packed and ready for later in the day.

Q. Can I be considered for Ballet 5:8's year-round training programs during the intensive?

It depends. Students interested in the Ballet 5:8 Trainee Program should apply by the March 1st audition deadline, as the Trainee Program begins during Summer Intensive (learn more). Students interested in Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' Pre-Professional Program and Conservatory may attend Summer Intensive as an audition and request placement after the intensive.

Q: I am not a Christian. Can I still attend?

Yes! Dance students are all welcome to audition for and attend the intensive, regardless of faith background. 

Q: I can only attend part of the program. Can tuition be pro-rated? 

Unfortunately, we cannot pro-rate tuition for students unable to attend the full program they registered for. 

Q: I am required to stay in Ballet 5:8 Housing?

No, students may attend Summer Intensive regardless of whether or not they stay in Ballet 5:8 housing. 

Q: How can I get to the Intensive? 

Ballet 5:8 is within driving distance of Midway International Airport (recommended) and O'Hare International Airport. Students can also travel to the intensive using Amtrak trains, Megabus and Greyhound buses. Pickup from an airport, train station or bus station can be requested along with housing registration.