Performance Sponsors

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts performance sponsors make our professional-quality student performances possible! If you are interested in joining the incredible group of individuals, businesses and organizations that invest in our community work each year, thank you so much

As Easy As 1-2

Performance Sponsors can access all the benefits of sponsorship by completing two easy steps:

  1. Write a check for the amount of your sponsorship donation to "Ballet Five Eight NFP".
  2. Submit to Amy Sanderson along with a digital copy of your business logo in JPG or PNG format.

early sponsorship

The Early Sponsorship deadline for our upcoming production of Beyond the Nutcracker is Monday, October 19th. Sponsors who commit by the early deadline can have their logo included in thousands of print materials leading up to the performance, like posters and postcards. Early sponsors also receive logo placement on our website and the performance listing, logo placement in the performance programs, and two complementary tickets to the production.

standard sponsorship

Standard Sponsors for our upcoming production of Beyond the Nutcracker will be accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, December 14th. All sponsors receive logo placement on our website and the performance listing, logo placement in the performance programs, and two complementary tickets to the production.

About the Performances

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' mission is to foster and develop excellent young dancers. But this excellence we pursue is not for the sake of our own glory or fame. The dance becomes a platform from which we can love and serve others and be a voice of hope in our community. 


We have two large-scale performances planned for the 2015-2016 year. 

Beyond the Nutcracker
December 19 & 20, 2015

The Toymaker’s Son
May, 2016


Students from our pre-professional ballet training programs. A typical cast includes 30 of our advanced level students, about 60 Children’s Cast members, and community cast members for acting roles.


Obviously, the audience includes many family members and friends of the cast members. However, performances are also attended by many area community members who enjoy being able to see a high-quality ballet production right here in the southwest Chicago suburbs! We typically see between 800 - 1,000 attendees during a weekend of performances.


People come from all across south Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs. Some of our highest concentrations of zip codes come from Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox and Tinley Park, but attendees stretch from as far as Chicago, Bollingbrook, Plainfield, Oak Forest, and Lansing in Illinois, as well as into Northwest Indiana.  

Where are the performances

We typically perform in area high schools that have auditoriums or performing arts centers. This year's performance of Beyond the Nutcracker will take place at Stagg High School in Palos Heights. 


The performances are just The Nutcracker or other story ballets produced by professional and pre-professional dance companies around the U.S. We use classical music, original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and senior School of the Arts staff members, and all-handmade costumes and sets created for the productions by our team of artistic staff. 

About the Sponsors

Who has sponsored performances in the past?

Some past performance sponsors include:

What Do Sponsors do? 

Sponsors donate at least $300 toward direct performance costs like venue rental. In thanks, we print the sponsor's name and logo on all available print and digital publications associated with the performance. This includes on our website, in performance programs, and if possible, on performance posters and postcards. 

Why Do We Need Sponsors? 

In a nutshell, performance sponsors allow us to continue to work toward our missional value of accessibility. By helping cover some of the cost of performance production (like venue rental, costume creation and staff costs, typically about $10,000), sponsors allow us to continue reach out to our communities. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to produce high-quality performances and ticket them at $10-$15 per person.

What would performances be like without sponsors?

Without sponsors, we would need to either sacrifice the quality of our productions, or charge higher ticket prices to recoup more of the cost. We believe that either of these measures would negatively impact our ability to carry out our mission. Other pre-professional dance companies often charge upwards of $30 per person for their performances. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to charge $10-$15 per person and still produce the performances to a level of quality that makes beautiful and engaging performances possible. 

What impact do sponsors have?

There are a few good ways to answer this question! 

  1. Sponsors Impact Students. By making our professional-quality performances possible, sponsors impact the next generations here in our communities by giving them incredible opportunities. The young dancers of today will be the parents, teachers, and professional performers of tomorrow.
  2. Sponsors Impact Audiences. Because we are dedicated to telling  meaningful stories through our performances, those performances can have a significant positive impact on the lives of audience members as well as student performers.
  3. Sponsors Impact Communities. According to a report released by the Donor's Forum and the Social Impact Research Center, every $1 invested in arts and culture in the state of Illinois generates and estimated $27 in socio-economic value.