A Bay Area native, Cheryl first began dancing at the age of six, taking ballet lessons and performing throughout the Bay Area.At 10, she discovered what would be her winning talent, ballroom dancing, and decided to hang up her ballet shoes to begin training in both Standard and Latin ballroom dancing.For instance if you want to hear a female voice during a major Big 4 sporting event (MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL) your best chance is a quick flash to the “sideline reporter” — a position broadcasters have been happy to surrender to women like Erin Andrews, Jamie Erdahl, and Pam Oliver while reserving the jobs of calling in-game action mostly for an all-male fraternity.But the NBA, which in many ways has led the other major sports in innovations, has the excellent Doris Burke doing color analysis for the NBA playoffs on ABC.She made movie after movie, while he negotiated higher and higher fees for her, which everybody suspected he was siphoning away for himself.With over 20 years dancing experience and several championship titles under her belt, Emmy nominated professional dancer Cheryl Burke, has tangoed and sambaed her way into the hearts of millions through the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars and recently became the show’s first professional dancer to appear in the finals seven times and the semi-finals ten times, becoming champion twice with Emmitt Smith in Season 3 and Drew Lachey in Season 2.And it’s refreshing to hear her astute analysis, which grabs viewers’ attention not just because of her expertise and infectious enthusiasm for the game, but also because she’s different.
She was made aware of the harsh realities of sexual relationships early.
Here are 12 facts about Burke that contribute to her making the NBA experience better.
Doris Day was one of Hollywood's biggest names, starring in more than 40 films during the Fifties and Sixties.
By the age of 13, Cheryl was traveling and competing throughout the world.
Burke has used her appearance on Dancing with the Stars as a stepping-stone to propel her career into different avenues.