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Ballet 5:8's five-week summer intensive is an opportunity for dancers to make technical gains, increase artistry, explore choreography, and deepen their faith - all in a uniquely nurturing environment where students thrive.

Summer 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 School of the Arts' comprehensive Vaganova-style training syllabus, 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 dancer - the body and the mind - allows students 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


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Overview

Program Dates

Monday, July 1 - Friday, August 2, 2019
Partial enrollment options available: see below for details.

All Levels Include

  • Daily ballet technique and pointe or pre-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, musical theater, 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 gained excellent training, empowerment, spiritual encouragement, new friends, and the motivation to keep dancing!"

-Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018 Student


Faculty

Ballet 5:8's Summer 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


"The most important thing I gained from summer intensive is the importance of a healthy mindset throughout class."

-Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018 Student


Program Levels & Enrollment

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Pre-Professional and Intermediate

Levels B/C
Open Enrollment

Levels B and C are beneficial for dancers studying ballet at pre-professional or advanced intermediate level. Students receive placement into levels B or C based on ability as demonstrated during placement class at the intensive. Students planning to attend these levels should be taking ballet technique and other classes a minimum of 2-3 days per week.

  • Open enrollment for dancers ages 10 and up

  • Five Week Program: July 1 - Aug 2, 2019

  • Three Week Program: July 1 - 19, 2019

  • Two Week Program: July 22 - Aug 2, 2019

  • Single-Week Enrollment Available

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Advanced Pre-Professional

Level A
Audition Only

Level A, the advanced pre-professional level, is suitable for the accomplished student aspiring to a career in professional dance. Students planning to audition for level A should have completed or be in the process of completing advanced-level classical ballet syllabus in a pre-professional ballet training program and should be taking ballet technique and other classes at least 5 days per week.

  • By audition only

  • Five Week Program: July 1 - Aug 2, 2019

  • Three Week Program: July 1 - 19, 2019

  • Two Week Program: July 22 - Aug 2, 2019

  • Single-Week Enrollment Available


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Our NEW Collegiate & Professional Intensive is suitable for accomplished dancers at the collegiate & professional level. Dancers planning to audition for the Collegiate & Professional Intensive should have completed advanced-level classical ballet syllabus in a pre-professional ballet training program, should have some college or professional performing experience, and should be taking ballet technique and other classes at least 5 days per week.

  • By audition only; ages 18+

  • Two Week Program: July 22 - Aug 2, 2019


"I gained dance experience where I could watch the professionals and trainees, which inspires me to really work as hard as I can."

-Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018 Student


Performance Opportunities

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

Performance opportunities are available to dancers attending the full 2, 3 or 5 week programs in Levels A, B, and C, and the Collegiate & Professional Intensive. 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 Intensive Showcase #1
Five & Three Week Programs

Friday, July 19, 2019 | Times TBA

Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive Showcase #2
Five & Two Week Programs

Friday, August 2, 2019 | Times TBA


"I love the variation of classes, times for connection, and seminars offered. Ballet 5:8 truly cares about all aspects of the dancer; mind, soul, and body! Thanks for a great 2 weeks."

-Isabelle, Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018


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Chaperoned Housing

Chaperoned overnight accommodations are available for students attending the full 2, 3 or 5 week programs at the Hampton Inn, Tinley ParkPlease note that housing is not currently available for single week or flexible enrollment students. The Housing Package includes Ballet 5:8 chaperones who stay with students at all times when they’re not at the studio, daily breakfast at the hotel, lunches and dinners at Ballet 5:8 studios Monday-Friday, transportation between the hotel and studios, and transportation to weekend activities, including sightseeing trips to downtown Chicago. 

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


"I gained tons of technical knowledge & resolve to glorify God with my dancing instead of people."

-Maddie, Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive 2018


Audition & Registration

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Levels B/C

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Levels B & C

Open Enrollment for students ages 10 and up opens Monday, January 14 and will remain open while space lasts. Open Enrollment students will receive their level placement on their first day of classes based on a placement class.  Registration is available for: 

  • Five Week Program: July 1 - Aug 2, 2019

  • Three Week Program: July 1 - 19, 2019

  • Two Week Program: July 22 - Aug 2, 2019

  • Single-week enrollment or flexible (non-consecutive) weeks*

*Chaperoned housing and performance opportunities are not available for single week students or those attending con-consecutive weeks.

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Level A

Video or In-Person Audition

Video Audition | Level A

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

In-Person Audition | Level A

Dancers interested in Level A may attend a Ballet 5:8 Spring Season Master Class held in select cities January - April.


Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

Check back soon for 2019 tuition!

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

Check back soon for 2019 housing package fees!

Registration Policies

Ballet 5:8 Summer 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. Tuition and Housing Package deposit amounts vary by program. 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. Dancers registering for housing 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 Summer 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