Cheryl Burke is a professional ballroom dancer. Most people recognize her as one of the professionals being paired up with a new celebrity each season on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Cheryl Stephanie Bautista Burke was born in San Francisco, California on May 3rd, 1984. The daughter of an Irish/Russian father and a Filipino mother, Cheryl was born to dance. In fact, her family even had a dance floor in their home.
By age four, Cheryl was already performing ballet locally in Atherton, California where she grew up. However, she would eventually switch her focus over to Standard and Latin ballroom dancing, which she began competing in at 13 years old. This venture had her traveling to competitions worldwide.
After graduating Menlo-Atherton High School in 2002, Cheryl continued to dance competitively. By 2005, she already had three major dancing titles under her belt: 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champion, 2005 San Francisco Open Latin Champion, and 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Champion. It was also during 2005 that she caught her biggest professional break to date, as she was discovered by and ABC talent scout and signed on as one of the professional dancers on the network's smash hit Dancing with the Stars.
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To date, Cheryl has been crowned the victor (along with her celebrity counterpart) of the dancing competition twice. She won in season two with Drew Lachey, and the very next season with former football player Emmitt Smith. Since then, she has made it into the top three four times, landing second place two of those times.
Cheryl has since been granted the keys to the city by the mayors of both Atherton in 2007, and San Francisco in 2012. Her accomplishments have continued to pile on since. She opened her very own dancing studio in 2008. She was also named #98 on Maxim's Hot 100 list the same year. To top it all off, Cheryl has her own line of fitness clothing called "Cheryl Burke by Fit Couture" as of 2009.
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