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 will be leaving the show after 26 seasons.

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

“It was one of the toughest decisions of my life and I’m convinced it’s the right one as well,” Burke said.

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The professional dancer, who made her American competition debut at the age of 21, said she is ready for new projects, although she will continue to dance.

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

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

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In recent years, Burke has been a strong advocate for mental health and explained that she will continue to raise awareness about it in her new projects, as well as focusing on her podcast engagements.

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

The pro is preparing for her farewell dance, which she will play with DWTS stars Pasha Pashkov and Louis Van Amstel.

“Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this without tears, but even with the grief and the emotions, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to perform this dance and do it with two of my male pros. favourites.”

Burke is the last DWTS pro to announce his departure from the show. Earlier this year, Sharna Burgess and Lindsay Arnold explained that they won’t be appearing in the new season.

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

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