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Qualifications: Cheryl Burke is a professional dancer. 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.
Personal History: With over 18 years dancing experience and 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" and recently became the show's only professional dancer to appear in the finals four times, becoming champion twice with Emmit Smith in season 3 and Drew Lachey in season 2.
She is competing in season 16 with comedian D.L. Hughley.
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, several UK championships, and a fourth place showing in the U.S. "Under 21's" division.
Now at age 26, she 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.
Initially, Cheryl was scouted by ABC reps at a dance competition and was recruited to be the professional dance partner for dancing novice Drew Lachey. Now countless doors have opened for her with guest perfromer 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."
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.