Why a Summer Intensive?

Especially if you feel like you are still getting to know the in's and out's of the dance world, you may wonder why there is so much talk about these things called Summer Intensives. Is there really a need to spend 4-6 weeks away from home during the summer to dance? In this post, Ballet 5:8 Company Artist Brette Benedict lends some insight on the benefits of attending a summer intensive.