Cheryl Burke totally owns Dancing with the Stars, you guys! She’s been a featured dancer for 9 of the series’ 11 seasons and was crowned champion twice: first as a partner to Drew Lachey and then with Emmitt Smith the very next year. But Cheryl wasn’t always the confident TV star we see today. No siree, she was once a nervous young woman living in Harlem abs trying to stay out of the limelight. She details her transition into a reality diva in her new book, Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life. Here’s an excerpt about her time with Drew Lachey:
“At the end of the routine, when Drew hit the floor in a push-up position and I straddled his back, mimicking how a rodeo champ would ride a bucking bronco, the screams and cheers got louder. Our big finish was greeted with a raucous standing ovation. We both were out of breath, yet we were so jazzed by the audience response that we wanted to do the dance all over again. It reminded me why I was there: this is what I do best. I love to dance. I love to perform. I love to entertain. It was the beginning of a new adventure for me.”
In case you’re not familiar with the show, Cheryl’s talking about the duo’s performance of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” So dirty, ABC! My grandma watches this show!