“Dancing With the Stars” skilled dancer Cheryl Burke wrote an emotional private essay for Us Weekly about her sobriety journey, the “uncertainty” in her future each on the show and off, and selecting to place herself first for as soon as.
Here’s what she mentioned because it pertains 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 mentioned that dance is all the time going to be part of her life, however she is “able to share” that zeal in a brand new approach.
I’m at a degree in my life proper now the place I do not know precisely what my future holds. I’m going by a transition not simply personally, but additionally in my profession, which has left me residing in uncertainty for the primary time in over a decade. I’m making an attempt to be OK with it as an alternative of residing in worry of the unknown. I do know that dance and motion are an important a part of my life and psychological well being, however I’m able to share these passions in new methods.
One factor Burke has been engaged on currently is somatic remedy, which she spoke at size about to “Dancing With the Stars” host Carrie Ann Inaba on an episode of “Carrie Ann Conversations” again in March 2022.
At the time, Burke defined is a sort of remedy that treats post-traumatic stress syndrome and different psychological well being issues by connecting to your physique and utilizing bodily motion to work by your points.
“I imagine there are such a lot of sorts of remedy on the market … there’s going to be a dance program hopefully launching this 12 months referred to as ‘Body Language’ that I’m creating about motion and psychological well being as a result of it’s an precise factor. I solely know from expertise, which is why I’ve a associate who’s an authorized therapist who can again it up with science,” mentioned Burke.
She added that she is beginning with dance that she is aware of, however she ultimately needs “all differing kinds and types of dance” to be a part of “Body Language.”
“I do know from first-hand expertise that [dance] helped me by after I was sexually abused to courting abusive males. At the tip of the day, my physique and why I’m sitting right here to day is due to motion and I can’t discredit that,” mentioned Burke. “So what I’ve realized so removed from Dr. Peter Levine, who began this entire somatic intelligence discuss, he went to nature, he went to Africa, lengthy story quick, and studied the animals and studied the wilderness and the way in the event you even take a look at your canine, after they shake it off, they’re shaking off trauma so they do not proceed to maintain the PTSD of their our bodies and I’m like, ‘AH HA!'”
Burke continued, “So paso doble can be like a dance the place we may … actually simply bringing out the character of every dance. So it is like return, re-live that trauma, then in samba the place we shake our you-know-whats, shake it off. Be intentional about what it’s that you just need to shake off.”
She additionally mentioned that folks utilizing dance as remedy do not even must essentially perceive what they’re working by, telling Inaba, “People do not even essentially have to grasp with their thoughts what’s taking place. This is one other entryway for individuals who do not, such as you mentioned, there’s some individuals who do not need to discuss, they do not need to do discuss remedy.”
Burke Said It Is ‘Likely’ Her Final Season on the Show
Burke has been speaking about retiring from “Dancing With the Stars” for a couple of years now. During season 30, she spoke with Heavy about how she was 37 years old on the time and her physique simply couldn’t do what it used to, so a dancing competitors show as intense as “Dancing With the Stars” actually takes its toll on her.
She did admit she wished extra shot on the Mirrorball — Burke has not gained the show since seasons two and three — however now on the newest episode of her podcast “Burke within the Game,” she has admitted that she thinks season 31 was in all probability her last season, although she may additionally keep on the show in a unique capability than as a professional associate.
“Lots of people have, I assume, requested me if that is my final season and the reply to that query is probably going sure, that is my final season — as a dancer, that’s. Of course, I’d like to nonetheless be part of the household in some way and I’m undecided what meaning to the individuals who make these selections. To have been part of a show for 26 seasons, it’s arduous for me and that is why I’ve mentioned it prior to now that I used to be going to cease and I all the time come again as a result of I assume it is actually arduous to say goodbye,” mentioned Burke.
And in her Us Weekly essay, Burke mentioned that amidst her divorce proceedings from Matthew Lawrence, she has determined to decide on herself.
“So, for now, I’m selecting up to now myself. I’m placing myself first for as soon as in my life, to be able to actually study to like the lady I’m right now, whereas persevering with to try to be one of the best model of myself that I might be. I do know this might be a lifelong journey, however I’m devoted to staying curious and to taking my journey with my sobriety sooner or later, and generally even one step and one hour, at a time,” wrote Burke.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific time on Disney Plus.