Ballet 5:8 was founded in 2012 by Julianna Rubio Slager and Amy Kozol Sanderson as a publicly supported nonprofit organization. Ballet 5:8 has a growing roster of professional dancers and an expanding repertoire of original, innovative works created by Slager and contemporary creatives. The company shares the beauty, power and inspiration of professional dance with thousands of audience members each season across the nation through over 40 performances in settings ranging from professional theaters to school gyms to Chicago’s millennium park. Ballet 5:8 also works to promote thriving artistic communities and shares its mission with aspiring young artists, professional dancers, and dance educators across the nation through a range of workshops, master classes, summer intensive programs, retreats and conferences.
Ballet 5:8’s dance education center, Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, extends the company’s mission to over 400 students each year from its base in Orland Park, IL and campuses in Beverly (Chicago) and Valparaiso, IN - serving the greater Chicagoland area and beyond. The school includes a nationally-recognized classical ballet training program, a range of recreational dance classes for all ages and levels of ability, and a uniquely nurturing environment where students thrive. Ballet 5:8 is passionate about training and equipping the artists of tomorrow, and about investing in local communities through high-quality dance education that is widely accessible to children, youth and families from all backgrounds and walks of life.
The vision of Ballet 5:8 is to be one of the foremost professional dance companies in the world and to be a place where artists create, thrive, and exchange ideas informed by our Christian faith. The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.
As a nonprofit corporation established in the State of Illinois, Ballet 5:8 is a publicly-owned organization that is managed by its Artistic & Executive Directors and governed by the Board of Directors. At a high level, the Board is the steward of Ballet 5:8’s mission and vision. The Board works with Ballet 5:8’s Directors to ensure the organization maintains sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as that it has adequate resources to advance its mission. Though not involved in the daily operations of the organization, Board members provide Directors and staff with foresight, oversight, and insight. Board members also play an important role in fundraising and serve as advocates and ambassadors for the mission.
Ballet 5:8 may be an arts and cultural organization, but you don’t have to have a background in dance or even the arts to qualify as a Board member! Individuals from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds can further Ballet 5:8’s positive impact in our local communities and our world by bringing business and management expertise to the Board, advocating for the organization’s mission in their spheres of influence, and connecting new supporters, audience members and students with the organization. If you’re excited about Ballet 5:8’s work and mission, could be willing to invest some time in Board meetings, advocacy and volunteerism, and are not afraid to involve your contacts in things your passionate about, keep reading! Experience with nonprofits and/or board service is a plus but not required.
Ballet 5:8’s Board of Directors plays a vital role in making Ballet 5:8’s work possible, and serving on the board can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience! As part of its mission, Ballet 5:8 -
Board membership does come with responsibilities - to learn more, you can always talk with one of our current board members and request a copy of our full Board Commitment. To summarize, key responsibilities are:
Interested? Submit a current resume and a statement or cover letter explaining what about Ballet 5:8's mission resonates with you.