Sharna Burgess - Biography

The talented and gorgeous Sharna Burgess was born to dance and entertain.

From a very young age, the precocious Sharna demonstrated her star quality when she would regularly treat her family and friends to impromptu song and dance productions growing up in Australia. At five years old, Sharna began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics and at eight years old, her love affair with ballroom began. After winning numerous local and national titles, by the age of fifteen, Sharna 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 in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony, a privilege and a memory she will always cherish.

In 2006 choreographer Jason Gilkison chose Sharna to go on tour with the hit dance sensation Burn The Floor, after living in London for two years following her competitive career which included collecting numerous titles around the globe and appearing in a UK tour with the theatre show Simply Ballroom. Burn The Floor was wildly successful selling in excess of four million tickets in over 30 countries and 160 cities worldwide. Sharna had the incredible privilege to tour the world with them for six years. During that time she also had guest appearances on Dancing with the Stars Australia, Dancing With The Stars USA and So You Think You Can Dance Holland. Moreover, she was the assistant choreographer to Jason Gilkison on So You Think You Can Dance USA and So You Think You Can Dance Australia for many years. In 2009 Burn The Floor landed on Broadway with Sharna as one of the lead female dancers.

Finally achieving her life long dream of doing Broadway, Sharna bid the world-renowned Great White Way a sweet adieu in 2011. After that amazing and exhilarating run with Burn The Floor, she leapt from the theatre world to the film business when she choreographed Street Dance 2 3D released in the UK, 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 those Hip Hop and Latin worlds together. This innovative unification created a whole new style and catapulted Sharna into Tinsel Town's stratosphere landing her on one of the biggest prime-time network television shows - Dancing With The Stars - after years of devotion, passion, and perseverance to her artistry and craft.

Sharna has had the privilege of dancing with celebrity partners funny man Andy Dick, football-great-turned-ESPN personality, Keyshawn Johnson, Olympian Charlie White and television host Tavis Smiley on Dancing With The Stars. Sharna was honored to be paired with wounded warrior and motivational speaker Noah Galloway on Season 20 of the show. Sharna and Noah danced their way into the hearts of America and finished in third place while inspiring millions each week.

Sharna is embarking on an exciting new adventure as she also pursues a career in hosting and acting in television and film projects. Sharna is blessed to be making her childhood dreams a reality as she lights up the stage and screen with her incredible talent.