“Dance with the Stars” professional dancer Cheryl Burke wrote an emotional personal essay for us weekly about her sobriety journey, the “uncertainty” about her future both on and off the show, and deciding to put herself first for once.
Here’s what she said in regards to “Dancing With the Stars” and her future on the show:
Cheryl Burke said she doesn’t know what [Her] future holds’
In the essay, Burke said dance will always be a part of her life, but she’s “ready to share that passion in a new way.”
I’m at a point in my life right now where I don’t know exactly what my future holds. I am going through a transformation not only personally but also professionally that has left me uncertain for the first time in over a decade. I try to be okay with it instead of living in fear of the unknown. I know dance and movement are an essential part of my life and mental health, but I’m ready to share these passions in new ways.
One thing Burke has been working on lately is somatic therapy, which she spoke at length about with Dancing With the Stars host Carrie Ann Inaba an episode of “Carrie Ann Conversations” in March 2022.
At the time, Burke explained that it was a type of therapy that treated post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues by connecting with your body and using physical exercise to solve your problems.
“I think there are so many types of therapy out there… there will hopefully be a dance program this year called ‘Body Language’ that I’m developing about movement and mental health because it’s a real thing. I only know from experience, so I have a partner who’s a board-certified therapist who can back it up scientifically,” Burke said.
She added that she starts with the dance she’s familiar with, but eventually wants “all the different types and styles of dance” to become part of “Body Language.”
“I know that from my own expirience [dance] helped me when i was sexually abused to date abusive men. At the end of the day, my body and the reason I’m sitting here today are thanks to movement and I can’t discredit that,” Burke said. “So, what I’ve heard from Dr. Peter Levine, who started this whole lecture on somatic intelligence, he went into nature, he went to Africa, long story short, and studied the animals and the wilderness and how, if you even look at your dog, when he shakes it off, he’s shaking off trauma so he doesn’t keep PTSD in his body, and I’m like, ‘AH HA!’”
Burke continued, “So Paso Doble would be like a dance where we could…literally just bring out the character of each dance. So it’s like going back, reliving that trauma, then in samba where we shake, shake off our you-know-what. Be conscious of what you want to shake off.”
She also said that people who use dance as therapy don’t even necessarily have to understand what they’re going through, telling Inaba, “People don’t even necessarily have to understand what’s happening with their minds. This is another avenue for people who don’t have, like you said, some people who don’t want to talk, who don’t want to do talk therapy.”
Burke said it will be “probably” her last season on the show
Burke has been talking about retiring from Dancing With the Stars for a number of years. During Season 30, she spoke to Heavy about how she was 37 at the time and her body just couldn’t do what it used to do anymore, so an intense dance competition show like Dancing With the Stars was really taking its toll.
She admitted she wanted to shoot the mirrorball more — Burke hasn’t won the show since seasons two and three — but now she’s on the latest episode of their Burke in the Game podcast, She has admitted that she believes season 31 was likely her last season, although she may also remain on the show in a capacity other than as a pro partner.
“I guess a lot of people have asked me if this is my last season, and the answer to that question is probably yes, this is my last season — that is, as a dancer. Of course I would love to still be part of the family in some way and I’m not sure what that means for the people making those decisions. Being part of a show for 26 seasons is hard for me and that’s why I’ve said in the past that I would quit and keep coming back because I think it’s really hard to say goodbye. ‘ Burke said.
“So for now I’m choosing to date myself. For once in my life, I’m putting myself first to truly love the woman I am today while continuing to strive to be the best version of myself I can be. I know this will be a lifetime journey, but I strive to remain curious and take my journey with my sobriety a day and sometimes even a step and an hour at a time,” Burke wrote.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Disney Plus.
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