Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke is leaving the show after 26 seasons

Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke is leaving the show after 26 seasons

Dancing with the stars pro Cheryl Burke is leaving the show after 26 seasons.

The dancer made the announcement this weekend in a post on her Instagram.

“This has been one of the absolute hardest decisions of my life and I’m sure it’s the right one,” Burke said.

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The professional dancer, who debuted at the US competition when she was 21, said she is ready for new challenges, though she will continue to dance.

“This show has been my 2nd family since I was 21 years old. The cast, crew and fans have gotten me through my highest highs and some of my lowest lows, and I honestly don’t know who I would be today without them.

“I also know it’s time for me to embark on the next phase of my career, although dance will always be a part of me,” she wrote.

Cheryl Burke

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In recent years, Burke has been an outspoken advocate for mental health, explaining that she will continue to raise awareness about it in her new projects, focusing on her podcast engagements.

“I do have a few things up my sleeve though, so don’t worry,” she said, adding a winking emoji.

The pro is getting ready for her farewell dance, which she will perform DWTS with Pasha Pashkov and Louis Van Amstel.

“I’m honestly not sure how I’m going to get through it without tears, but despite the sadness and the emotions, I’m grateful to be able to perform this dance and I’m doing it with two of my favorite male pros.”

Burke is the last DWTS pro to announce her departure from the show. Earlier this year, Sharna Burgess and Lindsay Arnold explained that they would not appear in the new season.

Dancing with the stars streams live on Disney+ in the US.

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