Dance Where Students Thrive

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts is a multifaceted dance education center that serves the greater Chicago area. Our goal is make high-quality dance training accessible to students of all ages and levels of ability in a uniquely nurturing environment where students thrive. 


Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' newest full-length story ballet, The Toymaker, is a refreshing new story ballet with music from the fun-filled ballet Coppélia. Thanks to the delightful original score by Léo Delibes, spirited choreography inspired by Marius Petipa, and a story about a magical toymaker, the ballet brings out the best of the old and the new for a charming experience for the whole family. The production features a cast of over 100 students from Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts classical ballet training programs, all-new handmade costumes and sets, and choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager.

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Youth Dance Division Showcase

The showcase, held on May 20th at 7:00pm, marks the culmination of a year of classes in disciplines like jazz, modern, tap, musical theater, hip hop and more in the Youth Dance Division. This fun, upbeat performance showcases the accomplishments of students throughout the year and is a fun way for audience members to experience many different styles of dance!

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Family Night Events

Join Us for a Ballet Workshop!

Master's Dance Academy
Valparaiso, Indiana

You’re invited to attend a special Ballet Workshop with Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts Children’s Dance Division Director Ms. Abigail Gray

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