Ballet 5:8’s Christian Dance Educators Leadership Summit is a three-day conference bringing together dance educators, administrators and leaders from across the country. Attendees will gain insight and inspiration on best practices in teaching and pedagogy, choreography, administration, staff management, leadership and more from seasoned directors in the field.
The field of dance is typically full of people who love dance and love what they do. Even so, there is a lot of work to be done! While managing a dance school or organization can be very fruitful and rewarding, it also brings its own challenges. This event is an invitation to spend a weekend gaining practical tools, encouragement, and refreshment, as well as networking and sharing insight with other dance educators, administrators and leaders. The Summit is dedicated to fostering excellence in dance education, to encouraging and equipping dance educators, administrators and leaders from all backgrounds, and to ensuring that dance education centers can become and continue to be leaders in keeping the communities we serve healthy and strong through the arts.
Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29, 2019
The Summit will begin on Thursday evening with an opening session featuring Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager. On Friday, June 28 participants will start off the day with a guided morning prayer walk and a session featuring a Summit keynote speaker. In the afternoon, participants will be able to choose two out of six different available sessions, getting a chance to focus in on their particular area of interest pertaining to administration, teaching or leadership. The afternoon will conclude with a time of corporate prayer and worship* designed to provide encouragement and refreshment amid the particular challenges and stresses of leadership in the dance education field. After dinner and networking, the day will conclude with a final session featuring a Summit keynote speaker. On Saturday, participants will be able to start off their day with a Christian Yoga class. The day will include two more general sessions and a second opportunity for participants to attend breakout sessions pertaining to their particular area of interest. The Summit closing session, featuring Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, will be attended by Summit participants as well as participants from the Revive Retreat for professional dancers. Participants can elect to additionally register for a Progressing Ballet Technique Certification course held at Ballet 5:8 studios on Sunday, June 30.
*Ballet 5:8 is an independent nonprofit organization with a Christian basis, but it is not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination. Dance educators, administrators and leaders from all backgrounds are welcome to attend the event and to participate in prayer and worship segments to the extent they choose and are comfortable with.
Thursday, June 27: Opening session, 7:00-9:00pm
Friday, June 28: Sessions + Dinner, Networking 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday, June 29: Sessions 9:00am-5:00pm
Progressing Ballet Technique Certification course available on Sunday, June 30 (separate registration) >>LEARN MORE
Who Should Attend the Summit?
The Summit is open to anyone currently working in the field of dance education: this includes teachers, choreographers, administrators, directors, studio owners, even board members! The Summit is appropriate for those working with both small and large organizations, from neighborhood studios to pre-professional training centers and everything in between, including both nonprofit and for-profit organizational formats. Anyone who is interested in professional development for dance educators and administrators, excellence in dance education, and who would like some personal refreshment and encouragement through others in the field is encouraged to attend!
Why Should I Attend the Summit?
Learn best practices and gain insight from our panel of speakers: seasoned directors who have extensive experience in the field.
Get refreshment through a weekend away alongside other educators, administrators and leaders in the field.
Network with other educators, administrators and leaders in the field.