Ballet 5:8 has been located in the Chicago South Suburbs since its creation in 2012 and has a mission to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.
The IACA grant will be partially supporting Ballet 5:8’s operations through Aug. 21, 2018.
Ballet 5:8 attracts many new artists to the Chicago South Suburbs each year, employing 10 to 15 adult, professional dancers and teachers. Many of them relocate to Illinois from all across the U.S. to work with the company.
College-age dancers (typically 18 to 21) are also a part of this mission. Ballet 5:8’s Trainee
Program brings many of these young artists to Illinois in their formative career years and provides the final training and professional performing experience they need to begin their own professional careers.
The nonprofit’s original, self-produced performances combine innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance, and they invite people to join us in open conversation about an array of life and faith topics relevant in the present day.
Ballet 5:8’s performances make the beauty and inspiration of professional ballet accessible not only to communities in the heart of Chicago’s arts and theater districts, but also to communities with little or no immediate access to professional arts.
Recent and upcoming Illinois performance locations include the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, Lincoln-Way West High School Fine Arts Center in New Lenox, the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, Illinois Central College in East Peoria, the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline and Cornerstone Church Auditorium in Marion.
Ballet 5:8 professional dancers (from left): Samuel Opsal, Olivia Kruse, Laura Peterman, Lorianne Barclay, Beth Patterson, Brette Benedict, Jessica Lohr, Emily Ratkos, Libby Dennen (a Joliet, IL native!), Morgan Kelly, Stephanie Joe and Antonio Rosario.