The mission of Ballet is 5:8 is to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm. Our ongoing commitment is to the creation and performance of new, abstract and narrative works from the unique basis of our Christian faith, and to the development and creative exploration of the dancing artists, choreographers and composers of our day. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for genuine discussion of life and faith with audiences and artists alike, in the context of breathtaking dance performance. In the context of our mission, we hold to the following values:
- Integrity, a personal commitment to live according to a high standard of ethical behavior, and to abide by that same standard as an organization;
- Beauty, a belief in beauty’s intrinsic value and its effectiveness for enriching lives as exemplified by our Creator;
- Accessibility, a passion to share the joy of dance performance, the benefits of high quality ballet education, and opportunities for artistic development with as many people as possible regardless of any particular economic, geographic, racial, religious or cultural backgrounds.
We believe, simply, that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” [Rom 3:23-24 ESV]. As Bible-believing Christians, we firmly acknowledge the inerrancy of God’s Word as it is written in the Bible and the influence that God’s truth needs to have on the way we view the world and our lives. We are not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination, but we exhort Christians both inside and outside of the organization to carefully search God’s Word as they make their own decisions concerning various denominational and doctrinal beliefs.