Sharna Burgess
Dancer Profile
Birth Date June 21, 1985 (1985-06-21) (age 32)
Hometown Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Partner(s) 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/5th)
23: James Hinchcliffe (2nd)
24: Bonner Bolton (5th)
25: Derek Fisher (11th)

Sharna May Burgess is a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.


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Hailing from the land “Down Under,” Sharna Burgess began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics at five years old. By age eight, she had started ballroom dancing, as well. Within these first few years, she had won numerous local and national titles. At 15, she was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the standard and Latin styles. Her accolades and national prominence went on to earn her the distinguished honor of performing at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony, a privilege and a memory she will always cherish.

Burgess was most recently paired on “Dancing with the Stars” with Indy Car professional racer James Hinchcliffe. The two quickly became a fan favorite and ended the season in second place. Prior to James, she was paired with NFL receiver Antonio Brown, as well as Backstreet Boys alum Nick Carter, Olympic gold medalist ice skater Charlie White, football-great-turned-ESPN personality Keyshawn Johnson and comedian Andy Dick. In the 2015 season, despite having lost two limbs, the enduring heroic warrior Noah Galloway was paired up with Burgess, where they both inspired and wowed millions of viewers all the way to the finals.

In 2006, famed choreographer Jason Gilkison chose Burgess to go on tour with the hit dance sensation “Burn the Floor.” She had the incredible privilege to tour the world with them for six years. This was after she was living in London for two years following her competitive career, which included collecting numerous titles around the globe and appearing in a U.K. tour with the theater show “Simply Ballroom.”

Burgess also had guest appearances on “Dancing with the Stars Australia” and “So You Think You Can Dance Holland.” Moreover, she was the assistant choreographer to Gilkison on “So You Think You Can Dance” in the U.S. and Australia for many years. In 2009, “Burn the Floor” landed on Broadway with Burgess as one of the lead female dancers.

After her exhilarating run with “Burn the Floor,” she leaped from the theater world to the film business when she choreographed “Street Dance 2: 3D,” which released in the U.K., Europe, India, Australia and Asia in 2012. She not only created some of the most electrifying Latin and salsa scenes on film to date, but she also worked with renowned choreographers Rich + Tone Talauega to fuse the hip-hop and Latin worlds together. This innovative unification created a whole new style and catapulted Burgess into Tinsel Town’s stratosphere, landing her on “Dancing with the Stars” after years of devotion, passion, and perseverance to her artistry and craft.

Dancing with the Stars 16Edit

Sharna was partnered with Andy Dick. Placed 7th.


Dancing with the Stars 17Edit

Sharna was partnered with Keyshawn Johnson. Placed 12th.


Dancing with the Stars 18Edit

Sharna was partnered with Charlie White. Placed 5th.


Dancing with the Stars 19Edit

Sharna was partnered with Tavis Smiley. Placed 12th.


Dancing with the Stars 20 Edit

Sharna was partnered with Noah Galloway. Placed 3rd.


Dancing with the Stars 21Edit

Sharna was partnered with Nick Carter. Placed 2nd.


Dancing with the Stars 22Edit

Sharna was partnered with Antonio Brown. Placed 4th/5th.


Dancing with the Stars 23Edit

Sharna was partnered with James Hinchcliffe. Placed 2nd.


1 Score given by guest judge Pitbull.
2Due to an injury, Burgess was unable to perform with Hinchcliffe, but did choreograph the dances. Hinchcliffe instead danced with Jenna Johnson.
3Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel.

Dancing with the Stars 24Edit

Sharna was partnered with Bonner Bolton. Placed 5th.


1 Score given by guest judge Nick Carter.
2 Score given by guest judge Mandy Moore.

Dancing with the Stars 25Edit

Sharna was partnered with Derek Fisher. Placed 11th.



  • Sharna was a member of the Dance Troupe for season 13, season 14, and season 15.
  • After her performance in the World Championships semi-finals, Sharna 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.
    • In Week 7 of season 23, Sharna suffered an injury to that same knee during dress rehearsal for the team dance and was forced to sit out weeks 8 and 9. Jenna Johnson filled in for her both weeks.
  • She dated choreographer and dancer Paul Kirkland from 2010 to 2015.
  • She is best friends with fellow professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.


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