“Dancing with the Stars,” which airs its third season this month, will once again star Cheryl Burke, who was crowned last season’s champ with celeb partner Drew Lachey. Her new partner had not been announced at presstime.
Since the end of season two, late last February, Burke has been busy. Requests to make appearances with Lachey were so overwhelming that she hired a publicist and an agent. The pair appeared on talk shows hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Tony Danza, Ellen DeGeneres and others. Burke also landed a gig in the Philippines and an acting and dancing role on the Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
Burke started studying dance with ballet classes at age 4 and switched to ballroom after watching a competition at age 11. She studied both standard and Latin styles, but quickly took to the latter. “It was more fast-paced, and more hip and young,” she says. By the time she was 13, Burke had a dance partner with whom she practiced every day and attended youth competitions. After graduating from high school, she trained and competed as an amateur in Denmark and Provo, UT, before moving to NYC where her coach Allan Tornsberg partnered her with José Decamps, with whom she decided to go pro at age 19. Decamps is still dancing in NYC but Burke hasn’t competed professionally since signing with “DWTS” last season.
Burke is thrilled to be part of the resurgence of the artform in a high-profile capacity, though. “I think the show gave such great exposure for ballroom dancing,” she says. “From what I hear, a lot of studios have been packed with people wanting to learn.”
There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.