Mirrorball champion Cheryl Burke is donning her dancing shoes once again for Season 30 dancing with the Stars. Skyrocketing to fame after debuting on the show in 2006, the pro dancer recently shared how rigorous rehearsals and performances can take a toll on both her body and mind.
‘My hips don’t lie,’ says Cheryl Burke
Paired with Peleton instructor Cody Rigsby for Season 30, Burke is no stranger to the ballroom. Having won the Mirrorball Trophy twice (with Drew Lachey in Season 2 and with Emmitt Smith in Season 3), Burke considered serious competition. dancing with the Stars. Yet she recently shared that her advanced level of physical activity is starting to catch up with her.
“You know as a dancer, especially as a woman, our career, it doesn’t last very long,” Burke said. Tamron Hall Show, as reported by Yahoo! entertainment. “The fact that I’m 37 and still getting out there and shimming is pretty much unheard of. I’m no longer at a competitive level, but I still have to understand that in my body. Arthritis is, you know, like, faster and faster and faster.”
Pro Dancer indicated that she is possibly retiring from the ballroom due to the physical effects her stint on the show had on her body.
“My hips don’t lie down, and I’ve started getting tendonitis,” Burke explained. “For a woman, as far as dancing ballroom competitively, usually in her 30s” [they retire]. I’m 36, so it’s like, ‘Okay, it’s time to hang up those shoes.’ “
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Burke has been very transparent about her personal struggles over the years, and noted how show business can have a negative impact on mental health. Married to Matthew Lawrence since 2019, Burke prioritizes wellness over stardom to give their relationship the attention it deserves.
“I also have body dysmorphia that I deal with on business as well, which also came from before I moved to Los Angeles,” she explained. “So there’s all that I have to deal with. Then I have to think—Okay, it’s not just me anymore, it’s me and my husband, and what do we want for our future?”
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“I know in my heart, I think season 24 is a huge achievement and I am grateful for that experience,” commented Burke. “But I’m not like these other girls who have just had kids and can just bounce back. I know my body, but more importantly, I know my own mental health and If I have this body image issue I’m dealing with again, if it [points to her head] It’s not okay, I can’t perform.”
Cheryl Burke wouldn’t mind sitting on the judges’ table
Burke is clearly still enjoying his time DWTS, but does not want to go beyond his reception. NS dance Moms The alum shared that she “don’t want to get old, ‘Oh, here’s Cheryl doing the same choreography, just going slow, but in her head, she thinks she’s going so fast, Burke said. “I don’t even want to, I guess, be a dancer and my partner has to be like, ‘Can’t lift.’ …there’s a time and a place for this.”
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While Burke may be planning his exit from the ballroom, he seems to have his eye on the judges’ table.
“It would be great for me to just use my mouth and not my body,” Burke said. “I mean, four judges? That’s fine! Just give us time every five seconds.”
Season 30 dancing with the Stars Premieres Monday, September 20, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.