‘No BS; I’m not going to water down anything ‘

Dancing with the stars is a competition series where celebrities learn the art of ballroom dancing. Whether they have prior dance experience or have never played salsa in their life, ABC’s competition series takes skilled ballroom professionals and pairs them with current celebrities. Having worked on DWTS Since Season 2, Cheryl Burke has known what it takes to train a celebrity to ballroom dance. Learn more about the coaching style of the two-time Mirrorball champion at Dancing with the stars.

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Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke are partners in season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars”

Burke dances with platoon instructor Cody Rigsby on DWTS. So far, Season 30 has presented a few challenges for the duo. After the first week of competition, Burke and Rigsby tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In Week 2, the judges scored the couple based on one repeat. The following week on Britney Spears Night, Rigsby and Burke performed remotely from their home.

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The couple returned to the ballroom during Disney Week, but it was an uphill battle to win over the judges. Yet Rigsby and Burke are still part of the Dancing with the stars Season 30 competition.

Cheryl Burke considers herself a ‘taskmaster’ coach who takes ‘no BS’

During his conversation with the heart of matter podcast, Burke talks about his coaching style on Dancing with the stars. “I’m a workaholic,” admits Burke. “I think it has a lot to do with the way I was trained. [My approach is] no BS – I’m not going to sugarcoat anything unless you deserve it.

Burke thinks “words of affirmation” is something she could work on when it comes to her coaching style. “But yeah, I only know that crazy strict way [of coaching],” She adds.

Cheryl Burke Feared ‘Triggering’ AJ McLean as Coach in ‘DWTS’ Season 29

Burke starred with Backstreet Boy AJ McLean during season 29 of Dancing with the stars. The duo came in seventh place in the competition.

While competing together, McLean and Burke started a podcast with McLean’s mentor Rene Elizondo. Together, the trio talk about their journeys of sobriety on the Pretty messed up Podcast.

While talking about his coaching style with heart of matterBurke mentions McLean’s sobriety while they worked together – something she feared her training style would impact.

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“For someone who just got sober, I was like, ‘Oh, no,'” Burke said, adding:

I never wanna be the reason [someone starts drinking again] even though I know I’m not the reason. I never want to trigger anyone, but I also have to do my job. So it’s about finding a fine line.

AJ McLean inspires ‘DWTS’ pro to attend his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

When Burke and McLean were partners on Dancing with the stars, she was not in a recovery program, but she was (and still is) sober. “A J [didn’t] to push [the program] down my throat, but he talked about it a bit,” Burke says. “Lately, I keep hearing the words ‘white-knuckling’ or ‘dry drunk’, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, is that him who…'”

Burke regularly attends therapy three times a week. But as she confesses on the podcast, “there’s no such thing as the program.” Burke attended his first AA meeting in July 2021.