Students in Ballet IIIB technique with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager

Men's Program

The Men's Program is a division of the Conservatory that provides students with the unique opportunity to train intensively alongside other male dancers under the guidance of experienced male instructors. The program equips serious students of classical ballet to progress to positions in Trainee Programs with Ballet 5:8 and other professional companies, and to pursue careers in many areas within the wider field of dance if they wish, including professional performance, teaching, and choreography.


The Men's Program takes dancers through the most advanced, technically-challenging levels of our Vaganova-style syllabus with training in classical ballet technique, classical variations, Ballet 5:8 repertoire, and partnering. The program fosters the the development of clean, classical ballet technique with a special emphasis on powerful male technique. The program teaches precision, strength, musicality, knowledge, and most of all allows the male dancer to find his individuality and artistry. Dedicated men's classes and rehearsals with male instructors allow male dancers to develop their individual artistic potential and versatility on stage. Progressing Ballet Technique, Yoga and Pilates provide the cross-training needed to sustain the physical demands of advanced classical ballet. Additional supplementary classes such as Graham modern, jazz, contemporary, Flamenco and improv shape a versatile, well-rounded dancer.


Typically attended by students ages 14 and older, the program includes up to 25 hours per week of training, Monday-Friday. Classes typically begin at 2:15pm, promoting the optimal physical and mental progression of the advanced dancer.* A wealth of performing opportunities in a variety of settings allow students to master important skills related to navigating the rehearsal and performance process and to develop artistry along with their technique. 

*Dancers typically obtain early-release from their high school or pursue online/alternative options for completing high school.

Performing Opportunities 

Men's Program students participate in the Ballet 5:8 Studio Company and take advantage of a wide range of performing opportunities.

The Studio Company is a very unique aspect of Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts in that it allows dancers to perform throughout the school year and at times, interact with Ballet 5:8 Trainees and the professional company. Studio Company dancers: 

  • Are cast in corps de ballet, soloist and even lead roles in Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' full-length original ballets including Beyond the Nutcracker.
  • Can vie for corps de ballet and supporting roles in some Ballet 5:8 professional productions.
  • Perform in a variety of events across the Chicagoland area, including Dance Chicago's "Dance Slam" and local events in the Chicago South Suburbs.
  • Perform in outreach settings such as in schools and nursing/retirement communities.
  • Attend Regional Dance America and vie for performance opportunities at the festival. 

We believe that performing in both theater and outreach settings are crucial aspects of a dancer’s training toward being a well-rounded dancer as well as an ambassador for Christ in any situation. The Ballet 5:8 Studio Company teaches crucial skills specific to choreography, rehearsal and performance and challenges dancers use their craft as a way to share beauty, joy and meaningful stories with audiences in a way that looks "out instead of in."

The Men's Program is also a proud member of Regional Dance America MidStates.

Regional Dance America is a National Association of Dance Companies fostering the growth and education of dancers, choreographers, directors and dance companies in every community across the United States and Canada. Studio Company have the opportunity to attend and perform at the RDA the regional and national conferences each year - read more


Sample Schedule

This schedule is a sample only! 


2:15-3:15pm Pilates
3:30-5:00pm Ballet Technique
5:00-6:00pm Pas de Deux


2:15-3:15pm Pas de Deux
3:15-5:00pm Men’s Class
4:15-6:15pm Studio Company Rehearsal


2:15-3:15pm Yoga
3:30-5:15pm Ballet Technique
5:15-6:15pm Pas de Deux
6:15-7:15pm Modern


2:15-3:15pm Pas de Deux
3:15-5:00pm Men’s Class
4:15-6:15pm Studio Company Rehearsal


Schedule varies based on individual dancer placement.

Ballet 5:8 Professional Company Class 9:30-11:15am
Rehearsal 11:45am-2:15pm
Modern 4:30-5:30pm


2:30-3:30pm Pilates
3:30-4:30pm Pas de Deux
4:30-6:15pm Ballet Technique
6:15-7:15pm Progressing Ballet Technique