Sharna Burgess

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Sharna Burgess
Sharna Burgess October 2,2012.jpg
Burgess in 2012
Born Sharna May Burgess
(1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 32)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Dancer
Choreographer
Years active 2000–present
Known for Dancing with the Stars US
Burn the Floor
Website sharnaburgess.com

Sharna May Burgess (born June 21, 1985)[1] is an Australian ballroom dancer who is best known for being a professional partner and troupe member on the ABC series Dancing with the Stars. She is a two time runner-up on the show.

Early life[edit]

Sharna Burgess was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales to Ray and Lucy Burgess.[2] Despite being a tomboy, Burgess found a love for dance. Growing up, she was involved in several sports and different styles of dance. At the age of five, she began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics. When she turned eight, her study of ballroom began, and she went on to win many local and national titles. At age 15, she was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the Standard and Latin styles, and performed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony.[3]

Career[edit]

At age 18, Burgess moved to London, where she collected numerous titles and appeared in a UK tour with the show, Simply Ballroom.[4] Post Simply Ballroom, choreographer Jason Gilkison gave her a spot on tour with Burn the Floor. She was in the cast for six years. Burgess was a member of the Burn the Floor cast when the show moved to Broadway.[5]

Burgess' first television appearances were on the Australian Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance in Belgium and the Netherlands. She joined the cast of season 13 of Dancing with the Stars as a troupe member.[6] While on the troupe, she also assisted So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Jason Gilkison on both the Australian and American versions of the show.[7] She remained on the troupe until the end of season 15. For season 16, Burgess was bumped to regular pro and was partnered with Andy Dick. She returned as a professional for season 17, this time partnered with retired NFL star Keyshawn Johnson. They were the first couple eliminated. For season 18, she was paired with Olympic ice dancer Charlie White. They were eliminated during week 9 (the semi-finals) and ended in 5th place despite raves from the judges and high scores throughout the season. Sharna was then confirmed for season 19 on August 27.[8] For season 19, she paired with talk-show host Tavis Smiley. They were eliminated on week 2, finishing in 12th place. For season 20, Burgess was paired with combat veteran and motivational speaker, Noah Galloway.[9] The pair made it to the finals and finished in third place. For season 21, she was paired with Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter.[10] The couple made it to the finals and ended in second place behind winners Bindi Irwin, and her partner Derek Hough. For season 22, she was paired with NFL player Antonio Brown. The couple made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated and finished in 4th place. For season 23, Burgess was partnered with race car driver James Hinchcliffe. Due to a knee injury from the previous week's dress rehearsal, Burgess had to sit out during week 8-9. Jenna Johnson substituted for her as Hinchcliffe's partner.[11] The couple made it to the finals, and finished in 2nd place behind winners Laurie Hernandez and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. For season 24, Burgess was partnered with professional bull rider Bonner Bolton. The couple were eliminated on week 8, and finished in fifth place. Burgess returned for season 25 and is paired with former NBA player, Derek Fisher. The couple were eliminated on week 4, and finished in eleventh place.

Season Partner Place
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
23 James Hinchcliffe 2nd
24 Bonner Bolton 5th
25 Derek Fisher 11th

With celebrity partner: Andy Dick (average:19.3)[edit]

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Burgess admitted she knew nothing of Dick's wild past, due to the fact that she was living out of the country.[12] Andy and Sharna continually received low scores and harsh criticisms from the judges. However, Burgess was praised for her work with him.[13]

With celebrity partner: Keyshawn Johnson (average: 17.5)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Charlie White (average: 27.0)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Tavis Smiley (average: 28.5)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Noah Galloway (average: 32.9)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Nick Carter (average: 27.2)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Antonio Brown (average: 24.7)[edit]

With celebrity partner: James Hinchcliffe (average: 36.6)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Bonner Bolton (average: 28.9)[edit]

With celebrity partner: Derek Fisher (average: 20.0)[edit]

Personal life[edit]

After her performance in the World Championships semi-finals, Burgess 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. She dated choreographer and dancer Paul Kirkland from 2010 to 2015.[16] Burgess also dances disco, club/freestyle, hip hop, jazz, and swing.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Sharna | Sharna Burgess Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Sharna Burgess". 
  3. ^ Dancing With The Stars - ABC.com Archived 2013-04-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Hodges, Ben, and Scott Denny. Theatre World, Volume 66: 2009-2010. Vol. 66. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2011.
  5. ^ "Burn The Floor: Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Kym Johnson join cast". newyorktheatreguide.com. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Sharna Burgess - Wetpaint, Inc.". Wetpaint, Inc. 
  8. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 
  9. ^ ABC News. "'Dancing With the Stars' 2015: Season 20 Celebrity Cast Announced". ABC News. 
  10. ^ "Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Cast Announcement". ABC. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ Dancing With the Stars' Sharna Burgess Sidelined With Knee Injury - eonline.com - 31-10-2016
  12. ^ http://watch.accesshollywood.com/video/andy-dick-on-dancing-with-the-stars:-is-he-still-contemplating-quitting/2270184520001 Archived 2013-04-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Dancing with the Stars Elimination: D.L. Hughley Ecits : People.com". PEOPLE.com. 
  14. ^ Gomez, Patrick (October 7, 2015). "The Dancing with the Stars Switch-Up Week Couples Revealed!". People.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, May 8, 2017". BroadwayWorld.com. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  16. ^ Clocked Out - Sharna Burgess Interview. YouTube. 5 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "IMDb Resume for Sharna Burgess". IMDb. 

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