It was an experience that I will never forget. I have been to a number of summer dance intensives, but none have made an impact on me like this one has. There were a great variety of teachers with outstanding credentials. With the opportunity to perform each weekend, which is very unusual for a summer intensive program, I feel I learned how to be in the performance mindset from the very first rehearsal, which helped with dance skills one might not typically concentrate on. Their focus on performance quality is particularly helpful for improving stage presence, and weekly shows allow dancers to get more stage time. An additional distinction between Burklyn and other intensives is that they teach not only “how” to dance, but also the importance of making the most of your abilities. This promotes a more positive atmosphere than one where the focus is on what assets one may not have. They truly know how to encourage a love of dance at Burklyn!