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 take place inside Ballet 5:8's 7,000 square foot building in Frankfort, Illinois, 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 really enjoyed the smaller environment because it allowed all the students to receive personal corrections and attention, something not found at the larger intensives I have attended."

-Victoria, SI 2017 participant



Program Dates

Monday, July 2 - Friday, August 3, 2018
Partial enrollment options available: see below for details.

All Levels Include

  • Daily ballet technique and pointe
  • A range of classes that may include classical variations, classical repertoire, Ballet 5:8 repertoire, partnering, jazz, modern, improv, character dance, Pilates, Yoga, Progressing Ballet Technique, acting/mime, musical theater, port de bras, 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 really appreciated the wealth of knowledge and experience that the teachers shared with us..."

- Martina, SI 2017 participant


Ballet 5:8's Summer Intensive Faculty includes Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, Artists 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


Antonio Rosario

Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist and Ballet Master


Lorianne Barclay

Ballet 5:8 Solo Artist


Samuel Opsal

Ballet 5:8 Company Artist

"Lillian's experience at Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive gave her an opportunity to focus on her technique with the care of professionals... She had an incredible experience and would gladly return in the future."

Enrollment Options


Advanced Pre-Professional and Professional

Level A

Known as Level A, the advanced pre-professional and 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 2 - Aug 3, 2018
  • Three Week Program: July 2 - 20, 2018
  • Two Week Program: July 23 - Aug 3, 2018
  • Single-Week Enrollment Available

Pre-Professional and Intermediate

Levels B/C

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 11 and up
  • Five Week Program: July 2 - Aug 3, 2018
  • Three Week Program: July 2 - 20, 2018
  • Two Week Program: July 23 - Aug 3, 2018
  • Single-Week Enrollment Available

"I gained better ballet technique, improved my performance skills, and was able to dig into the word of God."

- SI 2017 participant

Performance Opportunities


Student performances are an opportunity for dancers to perform classical variations and Ballet 5:8 repertoire learned during the intensives.

Performance opportunities are available to students attending the full 2, 3 or 5 week programs only. The showcases are free for students' family and friends to attend, though advance RSVP is required.

Student Performance #1 | Five & Three Week Programs
Friday, July 20, 2018

Student Performance #2 | Five & Two Week Programs
Friday, August 3, 2018

"I really appreciated how my RA's cared about each of us and were encouraging and kind."

- Katherine, SI 2017 participant


Chaperoned Housing

Chaperoned overnight accommodations are available for students attending the scheduled two, three or five week segments of the program at the Hampton Inn, Tinley Park (housing is not currently available for single week or flexible enrollment students). The Housing Package includes 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. Housing registration is available while hotel space lasts and must be completed by March 23, 2018.

"Thank you for a wonderful week!" - "Wonderful Program" - "It was a great experience!" - "Love Ballet 5:8!"

- SI 2017 participants

Audition & Registration

Admission to Level A is by audition only. Open registration is available for students ages 11 and older for levels B & C, no audition required; open registration students receive level placement in B or C on the first day of classes. Registration for all levels opens Monday, January 15 and will remain open while space lasts. 


Level A

Video or In-Person Audition

Video Audition | Level A

Though the initial deadline has passed (March 23), video audition applications for level A are still being accepted on a rolling basis while space remains. 

In-Person Audition | Level A

Dancers interested in Level A may alternatively attend a Ballet 5:8 Spring Season Master Class held in select cities January - April, 2018.


Levels B/C 

Open Registration

Open Registration | Levels B & C

Registration for students ages 11 and up opens Monday, January 15 and will remain open while space lasts. Open Registration students will receive their level placement on their first day of classes.  Registration is available for: 

  • Five Week Program: July 2 - Aug 3, 2018
  • Three Week Program: July 2 - 20, 2018
  • Two Week Program: July 23 - Aug 3, 2018
  • Single-week enrollment or flexible (non-consecutive) weeks*

*Chaperoned housing and performance opportunities are not available for single week or flexible enrollment students.


Fees Information


Tuition is $1,500 for five weeks, $925 for three weeks, $625 for two weeks, and $325 for one week.

Registration Fees

The registration fee due with registration varies based on the date of registration completion: 

Priority Registration:  $30 through February 28
Standard Registration: $55 from March 1-23
Late Registration: $85 beginning March 24 (if space remains available)

Housing Package Fees

Housing packages are $3,050 for five weeks, $1,850 for three weeks, and $1,250 for two weeks. 

Registration Policies

Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive registration requires payment of a non-refundable registration fee, tuition deposit (which is counted toward the total tuition amount due), and housing package deposit (if applicable). Tuition and Housing Package deposits vary by program. Standard registration will remain open through March 23. Beginning March 24, 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 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 23, 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 24 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 23, 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 Monday, January 15 and Friday, March 2, 2018.  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 to three weeks of submitting a completed application. The financial aid application form is available here.

"In addition to gaining stronger technique, I grew significantly in my relationship with God and made meaningful friendships."

- Martina, SI 2017 Student