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Sharna Burgess

Sharna Burgess

Australian dancer
Sharna Burgess
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Australian dancer
Is Dancer Choreographer
From Australia
Type Dancing
Gender female
Birth 21 June 1985, Wagga Wagga, City of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Age 36 years
Star sign Cancer
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Sharna May Burgess (born 21 June 1985) 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 the winner of season 27 of American television show Dancing with the Stars with her celebrity partner Bobby Bones, where she has also been a runner-up in several other seasons. She has also been a judge on the Australian version of the show since 2019, along with Craig Revel Horwood and Tristan MacManus.

Early life

Sharna Burgess was born in Wagga Wagga, Australia to Ray and Lucy Burgess on 21 June 1985. 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 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies.

Career

At age 18, Burgess moved to London, where she collected numerous titles and appeared in a UK tour with the show, Simply Ballroom. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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. The pair made it to the finals and finished in third place. For season 21, she was paired with Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. 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. 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 was paired with former NBA player, Derek Fisher. The couple were eliminated on week 4, and finished in eleventh place. For season 26, she was paired with NFL player Josh Norman. The pair made it to the finals, finishing in second place overall. For season 27, she was partnered with radio personality Bobby Bones. Despite low scores from the judges, they were consistently saved by the viewers' votes and shockingly won the competition. On February 2, 2019, it was announced that Burgess was joining the Australian version of the reality dancing competition series as its sole female judge. Burgess did not return for season 28 of the American version.

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
26 Josh Norman 2nd
27 Bobby Bones 1st

With celebrity partner: Andy Dick (average: 19.3)

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

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Witchcraft" 6 5 6 No Elimination
2 Jazz / "Poker Face" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Cha-cha-cha / "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" 6 6 6 Bottom Two
4 Viennese Waltz / "Hallelujah" 7 7 7 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "The Plaza of Execution" 6 6 6 Safe
6 Samba / "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
Team Samba/ "Superstition"
6
8
6
9
6
8
Safe
7 Rumba / "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"
Cha-cha-cha Dance off / "Brokenhearted"
5
Lost
6
This
6
Event
Eliminated

With celebrity partner: Keyshawn Johnson (average: 17.5)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Treasure" 6 5 6 No Elimination
2 Samba / "Get Up Offa That Thing" 6 6 6 Eliminated

With celebrity partner: Charlie White (average: 27.0)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli Guest Judge
1 Contemporary / "Let Her Go" 9 9 9 - No Elimination
2 Tango / "Addicted to You" 9 7 9 - Safe
3 Jive / "Happy" 9 9 9 9 Safe
4 Rumba / "Wildest Moments" 7 8 9 9 No Elimination
5 Jazz / "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" 9 10 9 9 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" 9 9 9 9 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Sail"
Team Freestyle / "The Cup of Life"
9
8
8
8
9
9
10
10
Safe
8 Quickstep / "My Heart Goes Boom"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Contemporary) / "Stay with Me"
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
Safe
9
Foxtrot / "New York, New York"
Samba / "Mo Money Mo Problems"
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
Eliminated
Score from guest judge Robin Roberts
For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up", White did not perform with Sharna Burgess and instead performed with Peta Murgatroyd.
Score from guest judge Julianne Hough.
Score from guest judge Donny Osmond.
Score from guest judge Redfoo.
Scores from guest judge Ricky Martin.
Score from guest judge Abby Lee Miller.
Score from guest judge Kenny Ortega.

With celebrity partner: Tavis Smiley (average: 28.5)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Pride and Joy" 7 7 8 7 Safe
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Boogie Wonderland" 7 7 7 7 Eliminated

With celebrity partner: Noah Galloway (average: 32.9)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "I Lived" 7 6 6 7 No Elimination
2 Samba / "Homegrown Honey" 7 6 7 7 Safe
3 Argentine Tango / "Rather Be" 7 7 8 8 Safe
4 Contemporary / "American Soldier" 8 8 8 8 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "A Whole New World" 7 7 7 7 Safe
6 Rumba / "Waves"
Team Freestyle / "Wipe Out"
7
10
7
9
7
10
8
10
Safe
7 Jazz / "Super Bad"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Dance with Me"
10
Awarded
8
2
9
Extra
9
Points
Safe
8 Tango / "Geronimo"
Trio Salsa / "Mr. Put It Down"
8
8
7
8
8
8
8
8
Last to be called safe
9
Viennese Waltz / "The Time of My Life"
Paso Doble / "Unstoppable"
9
-
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
10
Argentine Tango / "Rather Be"
Freestyle / "Titanium" & "Fix You"
Argentine Tango & Cha-cha-cha Fusion / "Surrender"
8
10
9
8
10
9
8
10
9
8
10
9
Third Place

With celebrity partner: Nick Carter (average: 27.2)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "I Don't Like It, I Love It" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
Foxtrot / "Coming Home"
7
8
7
8
7
8
Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / "Did I Make the Most of Loving You?" 9 9/9 9 Safe
4 Jazz / "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Don't Look Down" 9 9/8 9 No Elimination
6 Samba / "You Should Be Dancing" 9 10/10 10 Safe
7 Argentine Tango / "Bring Me to Life"
Team Freestyle / "This Is Halloween"
8
10
8
10
8
10
Safe
8 Contemporary / "Can't Help Falling in Love" 10 10 10 Safe
(Immunity)
9 Quickstep / "A Cool Cat in Town"
Team-Up Dance (Rumba) / "Hey Jude"
9
9
9
9
10
9
Safe
10
Tango / "Scars"
Samba Dance-off / "Lean On"
Trio Salsa / "No Doubt About It"
8
No
10
8
Extra
10
8
Points
10
Last to be called safe
11
Jive / "Runaway Baby"
Freestyle / "Larger than Life"
Salsa & Tango Fusion / "Turn Up the Music"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Runner-Up
Score given by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro.

This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Carter performed with Witney Carson instead of Burgess. Burgess performed with Andy Grammer.

Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Score given by guest judge Olivia Newton-John.

With celebrity partner: Antonio Brown (average: 24.7)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Quickstep / "Bad Man" 8 6 7 No Elimination
2 Rumba / "Adorn" 6 6 7 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "7 Years" 7 6 7 Safe
4 Jazz / "Friend Like Me" 9 8/9 9 Safe
5 Cha-cha-cha / "Son of a Preacher Man" 7 6/6 7 No Elimination
6 Jive / "Footloose" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Tango / "Paint It Black"
Team Freestyle / "Super Bad", "Living in America" & "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
8
9
8
9
8
10
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "Love On the Brain"
Team-up Dance (Paso Doble) / "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
9
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
9
Trio Argentine Tango / "Mi Confesion"
Contemporary / "Hall of Fame"
9
9
9
9
9
10
Eliminated
Score given by guest judge Zendaya.
For this week only, as part of "America's Switch Up", Brown performed with Karina Smirnoff instead of Burgess. Burgess performed with Nyle DiMarco.
Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Due to Inaba being the judge coaching Brown's team during the team-up dance, the viewers scored the dance in her place with the averaged score being counted alongside the remaining judges.

With celebrity partner: James Hinchcliffe (average: 36.6)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Live Life" 8 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Paso Doble / "The Walking Dead Theme" 7 7 7 8 Safe
3 Cha-cha-cha / "Big Trouble" 7 7 8 7 Safe (Immunity)
4 Quickstep / "The Hollywood Wiz" 9 9 10 Safe
5 Tango / "The Right Time" 10 9 10 No Elimination
6 Rumba / "Need the Sun to Break" 10 9 9 10 Safe
7 Jitterbug / "In the Mood"
Team Freestyle / "The Skye Boat Song"
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "You Don't Own Me" 10 10 10 Safe (Immunity)
9 Jazz / "A Brand New Day"
Team-Up Dance (Paso Doble) / "No Good"
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
Safe
10
Argentine Tango / "Santa Maria"
Trio Jive / "Gimme Some Lovin'"
9
10

10
10
10
10
Safe
11
Foxtrot / "It Had to Be You"
Freestyle / "Beethoven's 5 Secrets"
Viennese Waltz & Foxtrot Fusion / "Over and Over Again"
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Runner-Up
Score given by guest judge Pitbull.
Due to a knee injury, Burgess was unable to perform with Hinchcliffe, but did choreograph the dances. Hinchcliffe instead danced with Jenna Johnson.
Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel

With celebrity partner: Bonner Bolton (average: 28.9)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Move" 6 5 5 6 No Elimination
2 Viennese Waltz / "Unlove You" 8 6 8 7 Safe
3 Charleston / "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" 6 6 6 6 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Feeling Good" 8 8 8 8 Safe
5 Tango / "When Can I See You Again?" 7 8 8 7 Safe
6 Rumba / "I Want It That Way"
Team Freestyle / "Dancing Machine", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" & "Best Song Ever"
8
8
7
8
8
9
7
8
Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Rodeo: Four Episodes"
Rumba Dance-Off / "I Will Always Love You"
7
Awarded
7
2
8
Extra
7
Points
Safe
8 Argentine Tango / "Believer"
Trio Jazz / "That's What I Like"
8
7
7
7
8
7
7
7
Eliminated
Score given by guest judge Nick Carter.
Score given by guest judge Mandy Moore.

With celebrity partner: Derek Fisher (average: 20.0)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa / "Basketball" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Hallelujah I Love Her So"
Paso Doble / "Diablo Rojo"
6
7
6
6
7
6
Safe
3 Cha-cha-cha / "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" 7 7 7 No Elimination
4 Jazz / "Move On Up" 7 8 8 Eliminated

With celebrity partner: Josh Norman (average: 25.8)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Finesse" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Paso Doble / "The Plaza of Execution"
Team Freestyle / "...Baby One More Time"
7
8
8/7
8/9
8
8
Safe
3 Contemporary / "Stand by Me"
Salsa Dance-Off / "WTF (Where They From)"
9
Awarded
9/9
2
9
Points
Last to be called safe
4
Foxtrot / "Conqueror"
Freestyle / "Walk on Water"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Runner-up
Score given by guest judge Rashad Jennings.
Score given by guest judge David Ross.

With celebrity partner: Bobby Bones (average: 22.8)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Jive / "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" 7 6 7 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "Theme from New York, New York"
Quickstep / "That Old Black Magic"
7
7
6
6
7
6
Safe
3 Contemporary / "A Million Dreams" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Trio Cha-cha-cha / "U Can't Touch This" 7 6 7 Safe
5 Waltz / "Part of Your World" 7 7 7 No Elimination
6 Argentine Tango / "Mr. Sandman" 8 7 7 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Can't Help Falling in Love"
Team Freestyle / "9 to 5"
8
10
8
9
8
10
Safe
8
Salsa / "G.D.F.R."
Jive / "Gimme Some Lovin'"
7
8
7
8
7
8
Safe
9
Cha-cha-cha / "U Can't Touch This"
Freestyle / "The Greatest Show"
8
10
8
10
8
10
Winner

Personal life

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.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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