The audition for “Dance Nation” entailed a competitive two-part process alongside many other talented actresses, she said. The show explores the dynamics of a success-driven preteen dance troupe as they prepare for competition. Burks’ many talents include dance, double Dutch jump rope, martial arts, boxing, cheerleading, swimming and varied voice accents.
Rehearsals for “Dance Nation” lasted just over a month before the show opened. Since then, she's been performing seven shows a week during a seven-week run.
“The biggest challenge I face is balancing my life as an actor, as well as my life as a student,” Burks said. “It’s difficult but worth it in the end. I’m working alongside phenomenal, critically acclaimed Chicago talent. I’m learning so much in my North Central classes but also on the stage of the Steppenwolf.”