Burke was born in San Mateo County, California, on May 3, 1984. Stephen Burke and Sherri Bautista are her parents, and she has a sister named Nicole and a step-sister named Mandy. Burke began her ballet training at the age of four. However, as she grew older, she lost interest and, at the age of 11, began training in ballroom dancing. Within a few years, she had mastered the Latin forms of ballroom dancing and was competing in international competitions. She graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2002.
Cheryl Burke’s Net Worth
Cheryl Burke has a $3 million net worth as a dancer, model, and television host in the United States. Cheryl Burke rose to fame and success as a professional dancer on the ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars.”
Cheryl Burke’s Career
Burke concentrated on dance after graduating from high school and continued to compete in international contests. In 2005, she was named the World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, the San Francisco Latin Champion, and the Ohio State Ball Rising Star Latin Champion, putting her hard work to good use.
She was discovered by an ABC talent scout and cast on the network’s dancing reality show “Dancing with the Stars” the following year. In the show’s second season, she made her debut as a dancer. Drew Lachey, a celebrity, was her first partner. The duo worked extremely well together and was ultimately victorious in the competition.
She was paired with Emmitt Smith, a former NFL player, for the following season, season three. Burke and Smith captivated both the judges and the crowd with their routines, and by the end of the season, they had clinched the top spot. Burke and her partners did not perform as well in the fourth and fifth seasons, with Ian Ziering and Wayne Newton, respectively, though she stayed in the top 10.
Burke also took part in the “Dancing with the Stars” live tour, which toured 38 different locations in 2006 and 2007. In the summer of 2007, she went on tour again, and she also joined the winter tour, which took place in late 2007 and early 2008. She danced with Drew Lachey, their first partner, on all of their tours.
Burke was paired with Christian de la Fuente, Maurice Green, Gilles Marini, and Tom DeLay in seasons six through nine, respectively. After DeLay sustained fractures in both feet, her season with him was cut short. The following season, season 10, she was paired with Chad Ochocinco, and the two finished fourth. She was then teamed with Rick Fox and Chris Jericho, but she fell short of the top five. In season 13, she was partnered with Rob Kardashian and came in second place, almost winning the competition for the third time. With partner William Levy, she finished third the following season.
Burke reconnected with former partner Emmitt Smith during season 15, the All-Star season. In the semi-finals, they were eliminated. In season 16, she collaborated with comedian D.L Hughley, and in season 17, she collaborated with Jack Osbourne. Burker, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, found working with Osbourne very inspiring. The duo came in third place overall. In seasons 18 and 19, she competed against Drew Carey and then Antonio Sebato Jr. before announcing her departure from the competition to pursue other endeavors.
Cheryl Burke returned to the show in season 23 to work with Ryan Lochte, an Olympic swimmer. She had a break in season 24 before returning in season 25, where she danced with Terrell Owens. Burke took the following season off once more but returned in season 27 to team with Juan Pablo Di Pace. The duo were heavy favorites to win after earning five flawless scores, however, they were defeated in the semi-finals.
Burke danced with Ray Lewis in Season 28, but their season was cut short due to Lewis’ damaged tendon in his foot. In season 29, she worked with AJ McLean, and in season 30, she worked with Peloton-instructor Cody Rigsby.
Burke has appeared in various television shows in addition to “Dancing with the Stars.” She appeared on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” as a guest star. She also appeared on “I Can Do That,” a reality show. She took Abby Lee Miller’s spot on the reality show “Dance Moms” in 2017.
Burke has also appeared in advertisements for Sargento Cheese, Depend Silhouette briefs, and Impress nails, among others. Burke was able to raise almost $50,000 through her collaborations with these firms, which she contributed to the non-profit group Dress for Success.
Cheryl Burke’s Personal Life
Burke’s autobiography, “Dancing Lessons,” was published in 2011 and detailed her personal experiences. She mentions being abused by a handyman when she was five years old in the book. When she was just six years old, she testified against the man, Gerry Depaula, and he was sentenced to 24 years in prison. He was released in 2008, and Burke has stated that she is still afraid of him.
Burke first met Matthew Lawrence in 2006, when Joey Lawrence was competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” Burke and Lawrence started dating in 2007. Lawrence proposed to Burke on her 34th birthday in May of 2018. In May of this year, the pair married in San Diego, California.