Cheryl BurkeWith several championship titles under her belt, professional dancer Cheryl Burke has tangoed and sambaed her way into the hearts of millions through the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars. Cheryl has appeared in the finals numerous times, becoming champion twice with Emmitt Smith in Season 3 and Drew Lachey in Season 2. Bay area native, Cheryl first began dancing at the age of four, taking ballet lessons and performing throughout the Bay Area. At 10, she discovered what would be her winning talent, ballroom dancing, and decided to hang up her ballet shoes to begin training in both Standard and Latin ballroom dancing. By the age of 13, Cheryl was traveling and competing throughout the world, later moving on to win several championships including 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champion, 2005 San Francisco Open Latin Champion, 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, several UK Championships, and a fourth place showing in the U.S. "Under 21’s" division.
Cheryl has used her appearance on Dancing with the Stars as a stepping-stone to propel her career into different avenues. In the spring of 2008 Cheryl opened her first dance studio, the highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance, which now has locations in Silicon Valley and Orange County respectively. In early 2011 Cheryl’s biography Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life was released. The popularity of the show along with Cheryl’s own popularity has opened countless doors for her with guest performer public appearances, talk show appearances, and several exclusive Hollywood events. She has even dabbled with acting, playing the role of a bespectacled awkward and shy nurse who blossoms into a ballroom sensation on the Disney show Suite Life with Zack and Cody. Additionally Cheryl serves as a spokesperson for Jazzercise, Macy’s and Veet. For Cheryl, dancing is a way of life. It provides a medium for her to express her inner feelings and passions all while maintaining focus and composure during extremely high-pressure situations. It is dancing that has made her such a competitor, both on and off the floor, and made her strive for perfection in anything that she sets out to do.