A professional dancer from “Dancing With the Stars” has admitted she’s dying to be a judge on the US version of the show. Sharna Burgess isn’t sure she’ll be back after giving birth in the show’s 31st season, but she says she would “love to be a judge” on the show.
Sharna said the judgment just felt “right.”
In conversation with US WeeklySharna was asked if she would return to the show for season 31, which would begin rehearsals eight to 10 weeks after the birth of her first child in July 2021. She said she wasn’t sure, but when asked about the assessment, Sharna immediately gave a hard yes.
“Yes, let’s be judges! Yes, let’s do it! I would like to become a juror,” said the professional dancer. “I judged Australia’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and it was just an amazing experience and it felt right, you know? It felt exactly where I wanted to be, I would love to do it here.”
Sharna definitely has judging experience as she mentioned. The Australian “Dancing With the Stars” actually has three US professionals on its panel of judges – Kym Johnson Herjavec in seasons 13, 14 and 15 and Sharna and Tristan MacManus in seasons 16 and 17.
The Dancing With the Stars jury is a little full at the moment, as all four judges — Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough — presumably return for season 31 when the show is renewed — but maybe in the future?
As for her immediate return, like her good friend Peta Murgatroyd did in Season 24, Sharna said she hopes she can, but has to wait and see.
“I would love to dance real quick for my soul again, but I have to listen to my body postpartum and see how this adventure goes because there could be curveballs again,” said Sharna. “Listen to my doctors and my body. But I hope, fingers crossed, that I can get back on my feet quickly and feel fit again, because that also makes me feel good.”
Sharna added: “Seven weeks [after giving birth], Peta Murgatroyd did a season of Dancing With the Stars. I thought, ‘You are a machine! You are not human!’ But she said it was really hard.”
Sharna also said that not only does she have to be physically ready to come back, she has to be emotionally ready as well.
“I would like to return to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ this year. I mean, I’m definitely not done dancing yet, but I’m also becoming a first-time mom, so I don’t know how my soul is going to feel about it and I don’t know how my body is going to feel about it. But it’s definitely a conversation I’ll have [the producers] and if I’m not dancing there every week, maybe I could choreograph a few group numbers,” the dancer said.
Sharna works out a lot to prepare for the baby
In the interview, Sharna opened up about how she’s doing “all things” to stay fit and healthy so she can hopefully recover quickly from the birth.
“[I’m doing] he pilates, the core, the kegels, all that stuff to keep my body really engaged and strong to not only help get back up but birth and delivery and all those things are really healthy but how I get back up the legs come, I have no idea. I’m sure women with pregnancy plan everything and then the unknown happens, so I just have to be open to change, whatever that is,” Sharna said.
She elaborated on this in an Instagram story on April 7, where someone asked her what her top pregnancy workouts were. She said Pilates is crucial, but finding an instructor experienced working with pregnant women is just as important.
“I can absolutely recommend Reformer Pilates and Mat Pilates. However, find an instructor who is well trained in working with women at all stages of pregnancy. This is SUPER important,” Sharna wrote.
She added: “At the very least, you should be engaging in both yoga and walking. You want the stretch and opening that will help your body through delivery and recovery.”
Sharna said other Dancing With the Stars professionals are so supportive of her
When asked if the other Dancing With the Stars pros who have kids give her any advice, Sharna said it’s less advice and more unconditional support, which is so great.
“It’s not necessarily advice, it’s just a check-in. Really checking in and loving the stuff I’ve shared, or then sharing other stuff with me, maybe my post sparked a memory for them,” Sharna explained. “And if I have any questions, they are of course there to help and advise.
“But they’re really just so excited for me. So many of them have been watching me for so long now they want that and in a way they really want to look for that fairy tale and it was wonderful meeting Bri and that love and our love and our story was just so cool and now for this to happen too, they’re all over the moon for me, they’re really excited.”
Sharna and boyfriend Brian Austin Green were partners in the show’s 30th season after dating for just over a year. Their little boy is due on July 4, 2022.
Dancing With the Stars has not yet been renewed for season 31. If extended, it will return in September 2022.
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