It may be time to hang up the dancing shoes for Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke.
During the Monday, November 2, podcast episode of the “Chicks in the Office,” Burke, 36, revealed her time on Dancing with the Stars is likely ending soon.
“My hips don’t lie, and I’m starting to get tendonitis,” Burke said during the episode. “For a woman, as far as ballroom dancing competitively goes, normally in their 30s [they retire]. I’m 36, so it’s time to hang up those shoes.”
The Dancing with the Stars pro continued to explain that she wants to retire while she’s still on top. “I also don’t want to be like that oldie that’s like, ‘Oh, here comes Cheryl doing the same choreography, just going slow but in her head, she thinks she’s going that fast,’” she said with a laugh. “I don’t want to, I guess, be a dancer and have my partner having to be like, ‘Can’t lift.’ There’s a time and a place for it all.”
She added that while she isn’t “quite ready” to leave the show entirely, she’d love a spot on the judges’ table in the future. “It would be really great for me just to use my mouth and not my body,” she said. “Four judges? It’s fine! Just give us each five seconds.”
Currently on the show Burke and her partner AJ McLean have been climbing the leaderboard each week. During the October 26 Halloween show, they even tied for third place with a score of 26/30.
Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.