A peek at Cheryl Burke's new dance studio

April 4, 2008 7:25:34 PM PDT
One of the stars of ABC TV's hit show, 'Dancing with the Stars,' Cheryl Burke, is opening a dance studio in San Francisco, and the grand opening will include the mayor.

It is all about the passion, the elegance and the grace of dance. Many of the stars of 'Dancing with the Stars' are the opening, and they are congratulating Cheryl on a project that she says, is doing what you love to do, and that is ? dancing.

It was a career high point for Cheryl Burke's second and back to back wins on "Dancing with the Stars." She won the previous competition with Drew Lachey.

For Cheryl and her current partner, actor Cristian De La Fuente, it means 10 weeks of non stop rehearsing

"I think we're both exhausted but we're enjoying the journey, at least I am," said "Dancing with the Stars" celebrity Cheryl Burke.

But the TV show has caught our imagination.

"You go to a club, boom cha. That's it, you don't need to dance. So that is lost, so that the TV show is bringing back all the romanticism of dancing," said actor Cristian De La Fuente.

Dancing has always been Cheryl's love from the time she was four, growing up in Atherton. Now with her TV success, she wants the rest of us to get that same kind of passion about dance.

San Francisco's Metronome Ballroom has become the Cheryl Burke Dance Center.

"I just wanted to open a studio for kids. I feel ballroom dancing has this 'only for old people' and I think since the show has happened kids have come up to me and said you should open your own dance studio. You've inspired me to learn something new," said Burke.

Cheryl plans to spend much of the summer in the San Francisco dance studio. Her goal is to open studios around the country.

Her mom is her partner.

"We continue to have a venue for San Franciscans who love to dance and use that as a form of exercise or just a way to express themselves," said Cheryl's mother Sherry Burke.

And dancing for fitness is one of their goals.

"We're trying to fight childhood obesity and also teaming up with the mayor to promote shape up San Francisco," said Cheryl Burke.

Shape up San Francisco is all about fighting childhood obesity, nutrition and being more physical. You can do all that with dancing, and what a good way to do it.

Dancing with the Stars Alums such as Jerry Rice Drew Lachey and host Tom Bergeron attended the event.


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