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 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. 

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Program Dates

Monday, June 29 - Friday, August 1, 2020
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

Additional Information Coming Soon!


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


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


Olivia Kruse

Ballet 5:8 Company Artist

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