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Full Name: Cheryl Bautista Burke
Dance Style: Latin
Born in Atherton, California, Cheryl Burke comes from a family of recreational dancers and is of Filipino, Russian, and Irish descent. Since the age of four, she has danced, taking ballet lessons and performing locally, and practicing on the dance floor at her family's home in Atherton. Burke's focus soon shifted to ballroom dancing after watching a ballroom dancing competition. She says, "I went to a competition and saw the costumes, heard the music, and loved that the dancers had partners." Incidentally, these are the some of same reasons we love DWTS. Cheryl began competing at age 13 and has won several professional Latin dance competitions throughout her professional dance career. Burke also runs two dance studios in the San Francisco Bay area.
Burke was the one to beat on DWTS. As the only professional dancer to appear in the finals three times, Cheryl's won back-to-back Dancing With The Stars titles: in Season 2 with singer Drew Lachey, and then again in Season 3 with former NFL running back Emmitt Smith. She was nominated for two Outstanding Choreography Emmys in 2006 for her work on DWTS. Cheryl was rumored to have hooked up with Season 2 partner Drew Lachey, though they both have denied it. Bonus DWTS tie-in: Cheryl dated Matt Lawrence, brother of Season 3 contestant Joey Lawrence, in 2007-08. Who needs Match.com when you've got ballroom dancing?
Burke exercised her acting chops on a guest role on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, in the episode "Loosely Ballroom" along with fellow Dancing professionals Louis van Amstel and Ashly DelGrosso. She portrays 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 sick competitor.
In 2011, Cheryl released her autobiography, Dancing Lessons.
- 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
- 2005 San Francisco Open Latin Champion
- 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champion
- U.K. Championships
- 4th in U.S. in the Under 21 category
Performance Roundup on DWTS:
Season 2: Drew Lachey (Finished 1st)
Season 3: Emmitt Smith (Finished 1st)
Season 4: Ian Ziering (Finished 4th)
Season 5: Wayne Newton (Finished 10th)
Season 6: Cristian de la Fuente (Finished 3rd)
Season 7: Maurice Greene (Finished 5th)
Season 8: Gilles Marini (Finished 2nd)
Season 9: Tom Delay (Finished 13th)
Season 10: Chad Ochocinco (Finished 4th)
Season 11: Rick Fox (Finished 6th)
Season 12: Chris Jericho (Finished 7th)
Season 13: Rob Kardashian (Finished 2nd)
Season 14: William Levy (Finished 3rd)
Season 15: Emmitt Smith (Finished 4th)
Season 16: D.L. Hughley