With over 20 years dancing experience and several championship titles under her belt, Emmy nominated professional dancer Cheryl Burke, tangoed and sambaed her way into the hearts of millions through the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars becoming champion twice with Emmitt Smith in Season 3 and Drew Lachey in Season 2. In 2015, Cheryl starred alongside Joe Jonas, Ciara, and Marlon Wayans in NBC’s I Can Do That, a variety show that challenged celebrities to live outside their comfort zones.
2016 marked Burke’s return to Dancing with the Stars for her 19th season on the show, pairing her with troubled Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.
Cheryl kicked off 2016 with production on Love on the Floor, a live stage show featuring professional dancers and Olympic and World Champion ice skaters coming together to tell the story of love and its many stages. The evocative stage show includes many forms of dance choreographed by Emmy Award winning choreographers. Cheryl, who created and serves as the show’s producer alongside live event giant IMG, was joined on stage by Kristi Yamaguchi, Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Daisuke Takahashi when the show made its worldwide premiere in June in Tokyo, Japan where is grossed over 2 million dollars in ticket sales in 10 sold out shows.
A Bay Area native, Cheryl first began dancing at the age of six, 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.
In the spring of 2008 Cheryl opened her first of several dance studios, the highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance. In early 2011 Cheryl’s biography Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life was released.
In 2015 Cheryl launched her own clothing line Cee Bee with home shopping giant QVC as her retail partner. The line of active wear and workout attire features items that are designed to fit the active lifestyle of the average woman.
Currently in development on several unscripted television show concepts that she will also produce, Burke has turned an initial reluctance to leave the world of competitive dance to appear on television into a growing empire.
Cheryl has been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful and often appears on Maxim’s Hot 100 List. In 2008, Burke was awarded an Asian Excellence Award and in 2010, she made a much talked about appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo’s Camera Phone. In addition to her onscreen roles, Burke is a noted motivational speaker. Having been publically attacked about her weight and battling body image issues her entire life, Burke often speaks at medical conferences, women’s conventions and to school age children about self-esteem and having a healthy body image.
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.
MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
Time is the truest test of any relationship, and the U.S. ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White know better than anyone how the strongest partnerships don’t just appear overnight. Paired in 1997, the acclaimed duo is the longest-running ice dancing partnership in the history of United States figure skating. They are the first American ice dancers to win the World title, as well as the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dancing gold medal. Just one month after winning Olympic gold, Meryl and Charlie continued dancing their way into the hearts of millions on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Meryl became season 18's champion with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Charlie reached the semifinals with his partner Sharna Burgess.
When not on the ice, Meryl enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about other cultures while Charlie is an avid sports fan, particularly hockey. Believing education is important, they are both currently students at the University of Michigan. Meryl is majoring in anthropology with a minor in Italian, while Charlie is majoring in political science and hopes to attend law school in the future.
In addition to skating and schoolwork, Meryl and Charlie also support the Classroom Champions program, which connects students in high-need schools with top performing athletes to help them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big.
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