Artistic Director

Ballet 5:8’s Artistic Director, Julianna Slager, is originally from Spring Arbor, Michigan. Slager studied under notable teachers from Ann Arbor Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Vaganova Academy and Dance Theater of Harlem. Slager danced with Greater Lansing Ballet, Ballet Magnificat and as a freelance artist, teacher and choreographer in the Chicago area. Slager and Amy Sanderson felt God’s call to start B58 in 2012. Slager now focuses her efforts on choreographing meaningful performance art, directing the Ballet 5:8 professional company, and training the next generation of dancers at Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts. Julianna 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 son Judah.