Cheryl Bautista Burke was born on May 3, 1984 in California. Probably best known for her work on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, where she is a professional dancer. Burke is a two-time champion on ‘DWTS’. She won with Drew Lachey in February of 2006, and once again with Emmitt Smith in November of 2006. She has been partnered with Wayne Newton, Ian Ziering, Maurice Green, Cristian de la Fuente, and most recently with Gilles Marini. Burke and Marini scored in season 8 as runners-up in the 2009 ‘DWTS’ competition. The truth is Marini and Burke really danced well together and many were shocked that they did not win. Burke has proven that she is an excellent dancer, and that she can train anyone.
Burke has performed a large variety of dances in her time on “DWTS’, some have included the cha-cha-cha, quickstep, jive, waltz, samba, paso doble, tango, mambo, foxtrot, and the rumba.
Burke grew up with a family of recreational dancers, and began taking ballet at the tender age of four. Later Burke began ballroom dancing, which is what her focus was to become. Burke is trained in standard ballroom and in Latin dances, and has been competing since the age of 13.
In 2002, she graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. She grew up with two sisters, Mandy and Nicole. The siblings were born into a family of Rusian, Irish, and Filipina descent.
Burke has also appeared on the Disney television show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” with fellow professional dancers from ‘DWTS’ Jared Murillo, Ashly Delgrosso, and Louis van Amstel.
Burke has won numerous awards and honors from her dancing career: 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, 2005 San Francisco Latin Champion, 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Champion, UK Championships, 4th in U.S. in the “Under 21s,”Dancing with the Stars champion Season 2 with Drew Lachey, Dancing with the Stars champion Season 3 with Emmitt Smith, Two-time nominee: Prime Time Emmy 2006, Outstanding Choreography for Paso Doble and Outstanding Choreography for Freestyle; Burke is the youngest nominee to ever receive nominations in that category.
In October 2007, Cheryl won the Role Model Award at the 7th Annual Filipino/American Library Gala. And in 2008, the Asian Excellence Awards she won the viewer’s choice award for Favorite T.V. Personality.
Cheryl lives in Los Angeles, where she recently returned to her childhood home in the Bay Area to support local schools. She also helped raise $250,000 for the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, California, in 2006. The next week she and ‘DWTS’ partner Jerry Rice raised more funds for Menlo School.
In 2008, Cheryl Burke opened her own dance studio in San Francisco. The Cheryl Burke Studio teaches every kind of dance style. In 2009, she took over another dance studio, “Starlite Ballroom”, and relocated it from Sunnyvale to Mountain View, California.
You can find featured events at a Cheryl Burke Dance location near you, and find out more about her studio at http://www.cherylburkedance.com/. Her philosophy is “fitness through dance”. Through her web site you can also learn about the classes, dances, beginner events, find a dance location near you, and sign up the newsletter.