Cheryl Stephanie Burke, 30, is a professional dancer. She is best known for being on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the last 10 years. She was the first female professional to win the show and the only one to win two consecutive seasons with Drew Lachey in Season 2 and Emmitt Smith in Season 3. According to Wikipedia, she appeared in the finals seven times and the semi-finals ten times. Cheryl has been on the popular dance competition reality show for 18 its 19 seasons.
Cheryl indicated that Season 19 might be her last season on “Dancing with the Stars” because she wants to do other things. This is surprising because dancing is a way of life for her, and “Dancing with the Stars” is where she has become a household name.
Her website, Stictly Cheryl, indicates that she has over 20 years dancing experience and several championship titles under her belt. Born in San Francisco, California, she first began dancing at the age of six, taking ballet lessons and performing throughout the Bay Area. By the age of 13, Cheryl was traveling and competing in ballroom dancing all over the world.
In 2008, Cheryl opened her highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance Studio in Mountain View, California. In 2011, her biography “Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life” was released. Included in it is a description of how she was molested at age 5 by a family handyman. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison and was released in 2008. She said she is fearful of the person.
Cheryl has done a little acting. She played the role of a shy nurse who blossoms into a ballroom sensation on the Disney show, “Suite Life with Zack and Cody.” In 2015, Cheryl is set to launch her own clothing line with home shopping giant QVC as her retail partner. The line of active wear and workout attire will debut in January and feature items that are designed to fit the active lifestyle of the average woman.
In 2008, she was awarded an Asian Excellence Award and in 2010, she made an appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo’s Camera Phone. Cheryl has been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful and often appears on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 List.
Cheryl is a noted motivational speaker. Having been attacked about her weight and battling body image issues her entire life, she speaks at medical conferences, women’s conventions and to school age children about self-esteem and having healthy body image issues. Not much news is shared about her relationships except that in 2014 she began dating entrepreneur JT Torregiani who had been a longtime friend.