Ballet 5:8 Studio Company
Ballet 5:8's Studio Company, together with the Conservatory, Men's and Trainee programs, provides dancers with exceptional classical ballet training, substantial performance experience, and national recognition through affiliate programs such as Regional Dance America.
Members of the audition-only Ballet 5:8 Studio Company receive training in Ballet 5:8's Vaganova and Balanchine infused technique, with an emphasis on developing comprehensive technical proficiency, dynamic musicality, and authentic artistry.
The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage audiences in Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance. Ballet 5:8 Studio Company members experience and take part in this mission firsthand, performing original Ballet 5:8 repertoire in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings. As Studio Company dancers perform throughout the season with Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, the Ballet 5:8 professional company, and at events like Regional Dance America, they develop agility, consistency and artistry in addition to technique. Dancers also gain insight into the life of professional dancer through the rigorous class, rehearsal and performance schedule of the Studio Company.
Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts Productions
Studio Company dancers are cast in corps, soloist and principal roles in Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts two annual full-length productions: Beyond the Nutcracker in December, and a rotating full length ballet each spring. Studio Company dancers typically perform multiple roles in these performances and gain extensive experience in all aspects of performing in full-length works. Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' full-length ballets are attended by more than 2,100 audience members from across the Chicagoland area each year.
Ballet 5:8 Professional Performances
Senior Studio Company members have the opportunity to vie for some roles in Ballet 5:8 professional performances. Dancers cast in these roles have the privilege of attending selected rehearsals with the Ballet 5:8 professional company, and performing with Ballet 5:8 in venues such as the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.