Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive
A nationally-recognized summer study program dedicated to pursuing excellence, the health of the whole dancer, and conversation of life and faith
June 29 - July 31, 2020
Partial and Full Enrollment Available
Open Enrollment, Audition-Only, and Collegiate/Professional Levels
Ballet 5:8 Studios | Orland Park, IL
Just Outside Chicago
Ballet 5:8's five-week Summer Intensive is a place for dancers to make technical gains, increase artistry, explore Ballet 5:8 repertoire, and deepen their faith - all in a nurturing environment where students thrive.
Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive is a rigorous summer study program designed to help dancers of intermediate, advanced/pre-professional, and collegiate/professional levels take the next step in their training and careers. Program faculty include Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, Artists of the Ballet 5:8 professional company, and world-class guest instructors. Classes take place inside Ballet 5:8's beautiful 12,000 square foot building with five studios in Orland Park, IL, 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Technique taught during Intensive is informed by Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' comprehensive Vaganova-style training syllabus which stresses proper placement, strength and flexibility, while incorporating the contemporary sensibilities required in today's athletic, high-energy professional dance field. An intensive and varied class and rehearsal schedule - typically 20 or more classes per week - gives dancers a true opportunity for growth. At the same time, 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 also invites dancers to join Ballet 5:8 in conversation of life and faith through Bible study, small group discussion and the stories told in the company’s diverse repertoire.
"I gained so much knowledge about correct technique..."
-Brigid Cassady, SI 2019
Five Week Program | June 29-July 31
Three Week Program | June 29-July 17
Two Week Program | July 20-31
Single week enrollment also available
By audition only, Level A is designed for accomplished students at an advanced, pre-professional level who are aspiring to careers in professional dance. In addition to daily ballet technique and pointe classes, dancers attend a variety of supplemental classes such as classical mens’ and women’s variations, classical repertoire, partnering, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, modern, contemporary, improv, character, acting and more. Dancers also have the opportunity to expand their artistry while learning Ballet 5:8 repertoire.
With open enrollment (no audition required) and placement on the first day of classes, Levels B and C are designed for dancers at an intermediate to advanced level who wish to expand their knowledge of dance and improve their strength, flexibility and technique. In addition to daily ballet technique and pre-pointe/pointe classes, dancers are able to spend time refining aspects of their classical ballet vocabulary in classes dedicated to allegro, waltz and more. Dancers also attend a variety of supplemental classes such as classical variations and repertoire, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, character, jazz, and composition. Dancers also gain experience with a variety of movement styles by learning Ballet 5:8 repertoire.
The Collegiate Intensive, by audition only, is designed especially for dancers at the collegiate, trainee and professional level. This intensive is a summer study option in a challenging yet supportive professional environment, only available to ages 18+. In addition to daily ballet technique and pointe classes, dancers attend a variety of supplemental classes such as classical mens’ and women’s variations, classical repertoire, partnering, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, modern, contemporary, improv and more. Dancers also have the opportunity to expand their artistry and experience while learning Ballet 5:8 repertoire.
“Technically, I gained wondrous amounts of wisdom and knowledge from the teachers and faculty. Personally, I was able to tune into my specific body type…”
-SI 2019 Student
Summer Intensive classes are taught by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, Artists of the Ballet 5:8 Company, and world class guest instructors who bring a wealth of performing experience and knowledge to their classrooms.
Summer Intensive attendees gain practical tools and inspiration from seminars on a variety of dance-related topics from nutrition, injury prevention and wellness to makeup to resume creation and more. Seminar speakers include Intensive Faculty and special guests.
Conversation of Life and Faith
Daily times are set aside for Bible study and small group fellowship, allowing dancers to gain spiritual refreshment and explore the intersection of art and faith.
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 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
- Choreography Intensive
Friday, July 17, 2020 | Times TBA
Ballet 5:8 Summer Intensive Showcase #2
- Five & Two Week Programs
Friday, July 31, 2020 | Times TBA
Summer Intensive Housing
Chaperoned Summer Intensive Housing is available for students attending the full 2, 3 or 5 week programs. Please note that housing is not currently available for single week or flexible enrollment students. Housing includes Ballet 5:8 chaperones, meals, transportation between the hotel and studios, and transportation to weekend activities, including sightseeing trips to downtown Chicago.