Sharna Burgess

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Sharna Burgess
Sharna Burgess October 2,2012.jpg
Sharna Burgess October 2, 2012 Just Dance 4 release party.
BornSharna May Burgess
(1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 29)
Australia[1]
OccupationProfessional dancer/choreographer
Years active2000–present
Website
http://sharnaburgess.com/
 
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Sharna Burgess
Sharna Burgess October 2,2012.jpg
Sharna Burgess October 2, 2012 Just Dance 4 release party.
BornSharna May Burgess
(1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 29)
Australia[1]
OccupationProfessional dancer/choreographer
Years active2000–present
Website
http://sharnaburgess.com/

Sharna May Burgess (born June 21, 1985)[2] 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.

Biography[edit]

Born Sharna Burgess in Australia. Despite being a tomboy Sharna found a love for dance. Growing up, Sharna was involved in lots of sports and different styles of dance. At the age of 5, Sharna began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics. When she turned 8 her study of ballroom began and went on to win many local and national titles. At age 15, Sharna 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] At age 18, Sharna 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 6 years. Burn The Floor appeared on Broadway which has been a dream of hers, and a memory that she will never forget. Sharna also had the privilege of dancing with the first ballroom show ever on Broadway.[5]

Sharna's first television appearances were on the Australian Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance Holland aka So You Think You Can Dance (Belgium and the Netherlands). Sharna joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars season 13 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 Sharna 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 paired with olympic ice dancer Charlie White. They were eliminated during Week 9 (the Semifinals) and ended in 5th place despite raves from the judges and high scores throughout the season.

SeasonPartnerPlace
16Andy Dick7th
17Keyshawn Johnson12th
18Charlie White5th

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

In an interview with Access Hollywood Sharna admitted she knew nothing of Andy's wild past, due to the fact that she was on living out of the country.[8] Andy and Sharna didn't get high scores and the judges frequently gave them harsh criticism. Sharna got praise for her work with him.[9]

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

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

Other Information[edit]

After her performance in the World Championships semi finals she discovered she had a little tear in her knee ligament. Rather than take immediate action Sharna wanted to finish the competition. She needed knee replacement surgery because she ripped two ligaments in half and lost all the meniscus in one knee.[10] Sharna also dances Disco, Club/Freestyle, Hip Hop, Jazz and Swing.[11]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 18 (Spring 2014 with Charlie White)
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 17 (Fall 2013 with Keyshawn Johnson)
Succeeded by
Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov