Burke grew up in Atherton, California which is commonly called the bay area.

From the age of 6, Cheryl began taking dance lessons.

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Apart from being very focused and dedicated to her dancing career, Burke also squeezed in her regular educations and graduated, in 2002, from Menlo-Atherton High School.

Apart from her strong career in worldwide ballroom dancing competitions, Cheryl Burke also attained the limelight as one of the professional dancers on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (DWTS).

She was also the first female dancer to have won the show and also maintained a winning streak of two times in a row. The first time she won the show was DWTS second season with Drew Lachey (98 Degrees).

Next, she won the third season with the football star, Emmitt Smith.

How is life with your boyfriend, actor Matthew Lawrence? Do you feel like you're cheating on Emmitt Smith this season of DWTS? And Drew, too, because I was on tour with him for the past two months. He called me and he said, "You miss me already, don't you? I remember teaching him the basic steps like yesterday.

It's been weird to adjust to another man to dance with.

Burke started with ballet lessons, but her heart wasn’t really into it.

After accompanying her mother to a ballroom competition when she was 10 years old, Cheryl found her one true drive and love for ballroom dancing.

Burke had been a constant presence on the show since season 2, and participated all the way through season 19 before finally hanging up her dancing shoes.

Over the years, Burke has had 17 different partners, some more coordinated than others.

Even after coming in last season after winning with Drew in the second season, it wasn't about, "Oh, I have to win again." It's about who I'm dancing with and making my partner the best dancer he can possibly be. It was, "Wow, I can't believe I'm doing this again." You've become a celebrity thanks to the success of the show. I had a marriage proposal â€" I was kind of flattered but freaked out at the same time.