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Sharna Burgess
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Dancer Profile
Birth Date 21 June 1985 (1985-06-21) (age 34)
Hometown Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Partner(s) 16: Andy Dick (7th)
17: Keyshawn Johnson (12th)
18: Charlie White (5th)
19: Tavis Smiley (12th)
20: Noah Galloway (3rd)
21: Nick Carter (2nd)
22: Antonio Brown (4th/5th)
23: James Hinchcliffe (2nd)
24: Bonner Bolton (5th)
25: Derek Fisher (11th)
Athletes: Josh Norman (2nd)
27: Bobby Bones (1st)

Sharna May Burgess was a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.

Biography

Retrieved from abc.com
Hailing from the land "Down Under," Sharna Burgess began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics at five years old. By age eight, she had started ballroom dancing as well. Within these first few years, she had won numerous local and national titles. At fifteen, she was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the standard and Latin styles. Her accolades and national prominence went on to earn her the distinguished honor of performing at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony.

Burgess was recently paired with former NBA champion Derek Fisher on Dancing with the Stars and with professional bull rider Bonner Bolton before that. Prior to Bolton, she was paired with Indy Car professional racer James Hinchcliffe, and the two quickly became a fan favorite and ended the season in second place. Burgess has also been paired with NFL receiver Antonio Brown, Backstreet Boys alum Nick Carter, Olympic gold medalist ice skater Charlie White, football-great-turned-ESPN personality Keyshawn Johnson and comedian Andy Dick. In the 2015 season, despite having lost two limbs, the enduring heroic warrior Noah Galloway was paired up with Burgess, where they both inspired and wowed millions of viewers all the way to the finals.

In 2006, famed choreographer Jason Gilkison chose Burgess to go on tour with the hit dance sensation Burn the Floor. She had the incredible privilege of touring the world with them for six years. This was after she was living in London for two years following her competitive career, which included collecting numerous titles around the globe and appearing in a U.K. tour with the theater show Simply Ballroom.

Burgess also had guest appearances on Dancing with the Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance Holland. Moreover, she was the assistant choreographer to Gilkison on So You Think You Can Dance in the U.S. and Australia for many years. In 2009, Burn the Floor landed on Broadway with Burgess as one of the lead female dancers.

After her exhilarating run with Burn the Floor, she leaped from the theater world to the film business when she choreographed Street Dance 2: 3D, which released in the U.K., Europe, India, Australia and Asia in 2012. She not only created some of the most electrifying Latin and salsa scenes on film to date, but she also worked with renowned choreographers Rich + Tone Talauega to fuse the hip-hop and Latin worlds together. This innovative unification created a whole new style and catapulted Burgess into Tinsel Town's stratosphere, landing her on Dancing with the Stars after years of devotion, passion and perseverance to her artistry and craft.

Dancing with the Stars 16

Sharna was partnered with Andy Dick. They placed 7th.

Scores

Dancing with the Stars 17

Sharna was partnered with Keyshawn Johnson. They placed 12th.

Scores

Dancing with the Stars 18

Sharna was partnered with Charlie White. They placed 5th.

Scores

1 Score from guest judge Robin Roberts
2 For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up", White did not perform with Sharna Burgess and instead performed with Peta Murgatroyd.
3 Score from guest judge Julianne Hough.
4 Score from guest judge Donny Osmond.
5 Score from guest judge Redfoo.
6 Score from guest judge Ricky Martin.
7 Score from guest judge Abby Lee Miller.
8 Score from guest judge Kenny Ortega.

Dancing with the Stars 19

Sharna was partnered with Tavis Smiley. They placed 12th.

Scores

Dancing with the Stars 20

Sharna was partnered with Noah Galloway. They placed 3rd.

Scores

Dancing with the Stars 21

Sharna was partnered with Nick Carter. They placed 2nd.

Scores

1 Score given by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro.
2 This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Carter performed with Witney Carson instead of Burgess. Burgess performed with Andy Grammer.
3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
4 Score given by guest judge Olivia Newton-John.

Dancing with the Stars 22

Sharna was partnered with Antonio Brown. They placed 4th/5th.

Scores

1 Score given by guest judge Zendaya.
2 For this week only, as part of "America's Switch Up", Brown performed with Karina Smirnoff instead of Burgess. Burgess performed with Nyle DiMarco.
3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
3 Due to Inaba being the judge coaching Brown's team during the team-up dance, the viewers scored the dance in her place with the averaged score being counted alongside the remaining judges.

Dancing with the Stars 23

Sharna was partnered with James Hinchcliffe. They placed 2nd.

Scores

1 Score given by guest judge Pitbull.
2 Due to an injury, Burgess was unable to perform with Hinchcliffe, but did choreograph the dances. Hinchcliffe instead danced with Jenna Johnson.
3 Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel.

Dancing with the Stars 24

Sharna was partnered with Bonner Bolton. They placed 5th.

Scores

1 Score given by guest judge Nick Carter.
2 Score given by guest judge Mandy Moore.

Dancing with the Stars 25

Sharna was partnered with Derek Fisher. They placed 11th.

Scores

Dancing with the Stars: Athletes

Sharna was partnered with Josh Norman. They placed 2nd.

Scores

1 Score was given by guest judge Rashad Jennings.
2 Score was given by guest judge David Ross.

Dancing with the Stars 27

Sharna was partnered with Bobby Bones. They placed 1st.

Scores

Performances

Trivia

  • Sharna was a member of the Dance Troupe for season 13, season 14, and season 15.
  • After her performance in the World Championships semi-finals, Sharna discovered she had a small tear in her knee ligament. Rather than take immediate action, she insisted on finishing the competition. She needed knee ligament reconstruction surgery because she ripped two ligaments in half and lost all the meniscus in one knee.
    • In Week 7 of season 23, Sharna suffered an injury to the same knee during dress rehearsal for the team dance and was forced to sit out weeks 8 and 9. Jenna Johnson filled in for her both weeks.
  • She dated choreographer and dancer Paul Kirkland from 2010 to 2015.
    • She is the only female pro on the current line-up to be single.
  • She is best friends with fellow professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.
  • Her season 27 win with Bobby Bones was her first Mirrorball Trophy.
  • She did not return for Season 28, claiming the producers just didn't find a partner to match her with, and she hopes to return in future seasons.[1]
    • She did appear in the ballroom on premiere night, interviewing the cast behind the scenes.[2]
  • In their absence, she and Artem Chigvintsev are choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance.[3]

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References

  1. hollywoodlife.com
  2. instagram.com
  3. popculture.com
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