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Dancing With The Stars

Cheryl Burke’s Mom: Dancing Queen

Dancing does seem to run in families. Look at Dancing With the Stars pro Mark Ballas and his parents, Shirley and Corky Ballas. And the amazing Hough siblings, Derek and Julianne. And Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his brother, Val. And Lacey Schwimmer and her So You Think You Can Dance-winning brother, Benji.

And now, we have Cheryl Burke and her mother — and grandmother.

Sherri Burke, 56, is not only the mom of two-time DWTS champ Cheryl, she is also a trained dancer herself, as well as an entrepreneur. The duo opened the first Cheryl Burke Dance studio in 2008. According to, Cheryl Burke Dance LLC owns and operates two studios in California — one in Mountain View and the other in Laguna Niguel.

Sherri spoke to Laguna Niguel’s about her lifelong love for dance. She was a competitive amateur ballroom dancer and a frequent finalist in the Open Pro-Am division of American-style ballroom dance in the senior category.

"I love to compete, but I don't do what Cheryl does — [I’m] more at the geriatric level," she told Patch. "It's a senior competition, and more smooth. It's American-style ballroom dancing — Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz — all the dances for the older people. Think Lawrence Welk. But it works for me, and I will never give up dancing."

Sherri said she and Cheryl have always had a special bond, even when the 27-year-old DWTS pro was a teenager. "We have a common love for dance. I am not anywhere close to her level, though. My mom was a P.E. teacher in high school in a little town in the Philippines. She was ahead of her time. She never taught sports but always looked at dancing as a sport."

Sherri is a registered nurse and the story of her success is pretty remarkable. According to Patch, in 1984 she founded Nurse Providers Inc., which evolved into a multimillion-dollar home health service company, now called Professional Healthcare at Home.

Read the full story for more on this impressive lady. No wonder Cheryl is such a little powerhouse!

Source: Laguna Niguel

06.6.2011 / 10:50 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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