Julianna Slager

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director

Ballet 5:8’s Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Julianna Rubio Slager, is originally from Spring Arbor, Michigan. Mrs. Slager studied under notable teachers from Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Vaganova Academy and Dance Theater of Harlem. She danced with Greater Lansing Ballet, Ballet Magnificat and as a freelance artist, teacher and choreographer in the Chicago area prior to the creation of Ballet 5:8. She and fellow artist Amy Sanderson felt God’s call to start Ballet 5:8 in 2012. As the company's Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Mrs. Slager is the driving force behind Ballet 5:8's ongoing creative exploration and has a growing resume of new works set on Ballet 5:8 and Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts. Mrs. Slager is an expert in classical ballet training and teaches in many of the school's Pre-Professional Program classes in addition to overseeing the school's teaching staff. She is blessed to be married to Jeremy Slager, the Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Bible Church, and she lives in south Chicago along with their two sons Judah and Jacob.