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Cheryl Burke
Burke in 2008
Born (1984-05-03) May 3, 1984 (age 39)
  • Dancer
  • model
  • television host
Years active 1988–present
Matthew Lawrence
(m. 2019; div. 2022)

Cheryl Burke (born May 3, 1984) is an American dancer, model, and television host. She is best known for being one of the professional dancers on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, where she was the first female professional to win the show and the first professional to win twice and consecutively. She has participated in 26 seasons. She came in second on the NBC series I Can Do That. She replaced Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms in 2017.

Early life

Burke was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Burke attended Menlo-Atherton High School.

Dancing with the Stars

Burke won her first mirror ball with 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey in the second season. She won her second championship with retired football star Emmitt Smith in the third season. Burke returned to the ballroom on March 19, 2007, for Season 4, partnered with actor Ian Ziering. She and Ziering were eliminated in the semifinals on May 15, 2007.

Burke participated in a 38-city Dancing with the Stars tour from December 19, 2006, to February 11, 2007. She also joined the second summer tour, which visited 24 cities between June 20, 2007, in Austin, Texas, and July 24, 2007, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Lachey was her celebrity partner for both tours. Burke competed on season 5 with Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton. They were the third couple eliminated from the competition, on October 9, 2007.

Burke participated with both Lachey and Newton in the Dancing with the Stars winter tour that kicked off December 18, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The tour wrapped in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 10, 2008. Burke competed on season 6 with actor Cristián de la Fuente. They trained at Palm Beach, Florida's, Paramount Ballroom. They made it to the finals and on May 20, 2008, placed third.

Burke returned to the show for season 7 with partner Maurice Greene. They were eliminated in Week 8 on November 11, 2008, and finished in fifth place. She returned to the show's eighth season with actor Gilles Marini. They finished as runners-up, losing to Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas. Burke competed on the ninth season with former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. On October 6, 2009, they withdrew from the competition because DeLay had stress fractures in both feet.

For Toy Story 3, Burke choreographed the paso doble with Tony Dovolani and did a performance accompanied by the Gipsy Kings live. She also made a fitness video based on Latin dances with Maksim Chmerkovskiy as co-instructors.

In season ten she was partnered with Chad Ochocinco. They were eliminated in the semi-finals and came in fourth place. Rick Fox was partnered with Burke in the show's eleventh season. They were voted off in the seventh week of the competition and came in sixth place. For the twelfth Season, she was partnered with wrestler Chris Jericho. They were voted off in the sixth week of the competition. In the thirteenth season, Burke was partnered with reality star Rob Kardashian. They came in second place, losing to J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff. In the fourteenth season, Cheryl Burke was partnered with actor William Levy. The couple made it to the finals and finished in third place.

In Season 15, Burke returned with former partner and Season 3 Champion, Emmitt Smith for a chance to win another mirrorball trophy. They were eliminated in the semi-finals. For season 16, Burke was partnered with comedian D.L. Hughley, finishing in ninth place after being eliminated in the fifth week of competition. During Week 8, she danced a Paso Doble with Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff in the trio challenge. For season 17, she was partnered with media personality Jack Osbourne. Osbourne's struggle with multiple sclerosis was a source of inspiration to Burke. They made it to the finals and ended up receiving third place.

For season 18, she was paired with game show host and actor Drew Carey. They were eliminated on Week 6 and ended in eighth place. For season 19, she was paired with soap star Antonio Sabàto Jr. The couple was eliminated on Week 7 and finished in eighth place. After Season 19, Burke chose to leave DWTS for some time after her contract expired to pursue other projects.

On August 30, 2016, it was announced that Burke would be returning to the show to compete on season 23. She was partnered with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. After a season off, Burke again returned for season 25, her 20th season as a pro. She was paired with former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and finished in sixth place. After taking another season off, she returned once again for season 27 where she was paired with actor Juan Pablo Di Pace. They were shockingly eliminated in the semi-finals despite earning five perfect scores and holding the highest average of the season.

Burke returned again for season 28 where she was partnered with former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis. However, on week 3, the couple withdrew from the competition due to Lewis suffering a torn tendon in his foot. For season 29, she was partnered with Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, coming in seventh place. On September 8, 2021, it was announced that Burke will be partnered with Cody Rigsby (fan favorite Peloton instructor) for the 30th season of DWTS. She was partnered with Good Morning America meteorologist Sam Champion for season 31.

Other television

Burke had a guest role on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in the episode "Loosely Ballroom" along with fellow Dancing professionals Louis van Amstel, Ashly DelGrosso, and Lacey Schwimmer. She portrayed Shannon, a nurse attending to the ensemble cast during a dance contest at the series setting, The Tipton Hotel. In the final round of the competition, Burke's character volunteers to replace an ill competitor (Carey). She and her partner, Esteban, go on to win the competition.

She came in second on the first season of I Can Do That, losing to Nicole Scherzinger on the final three-person-super-group performance, having led the competition since week 2. She replaced Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms in 2017. She took over the ALDC Elite competition team while on the show. The team was then named “The Irreplaceable’s” via when Abby used to call them all “replaceable”.

Burke appeared on Hell's Kitchen as a VIP guest diner in the ninth episode of Season 17.

Awards and honors

  • 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
  • 2005 San Francisco Latin Champion
  • 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Champion
  • UK Championships
  • 4th in U.S. in the "Under 21s."
  • Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion – Season 2 with Drew Lachey, Season 3 with Emmitt Smith
  • Prime Time Emmy 2006, Outstanding Choreography
  • On October 20, 2007, Cheryl won the Role Model Award at the 7th Annual Filipino/American Library Gala.
  • On the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards, she won the Viewer's Choice award for Favorite T.V. Personality.

Personal life

Cheryl Burke 2009
Burke in 2009

In 2011, Burke released her autobiography, Dancing Lessons.

Burke has done numerous promotions outside of Dancing with the Stars which include Depend Silhouette briefs, Impress Nails and Sargento Cheese. Her partnership with these companies has raised a lot of money including $50,000 that Depend is donating to Dress for Success. She opened her first dance studio in April 2008 and created her own line of activewear the next year.

In 2017, People and Us Weekly reported Burke was dating Matthew Lawrence. The two first met in 2006, when Lawrence's brother, Joey, was cast on DWTS. Burke and Lawrence previously dated from 2007 to 2008. Lawrence proposed to Burke on May 3, 2018, her 34th birthday. On May 23, 2019, she married Lawrence in San Diego, California. On February 23, 2022, it was reported that Burke filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on September 19, 2022.

Burke suffers from tendinitis. Burke says that Transcendental Meditation and therapy have helped her through a lot, including her recent divorce from actor Matthew Lawrence.

See also

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