As Cheryl Burke prepares to retire her ballroom heels and sparkly costumes, her Dancing With the Stars colleagues are remembering her 26-season profession.

“It’s been a wild journey 🕺🏼 So happy with all you might have achieved and overcome,” former professional Derek Hough, who joined the DWTS judging panel in 2020, wrote through Instagram touch upon Sunday, November 20. “Eternally left your mark on DWTS. It’s been a pleasure.”

Peta Murgatroyd, for her half, admitted that she was already “tearing up” over the 38-year-old choreographer’s retirement plans.

Burke introduced hours earlier on Sunday that her look on the Monday, November 21, finale, would be her DWTS swan song.

“I'm sitting right here filled with so many conflicting feelings in regards to the phrases I'm about to put in writing. Tomorrow night time will formally be my closing dance as a professional dancer on @dancingwiththestars. This has been one of many absolute hardest selections of my life & I'm additionally assured that it's the proper one,” she captioned her Instagram post. “This present has been my 2nd household since I used to be 21 years outdated. The solid, crew & followers have seen me via my highest highs & a few of my lowest lows, & I truthfully don’t know who I'd be right now with out them.”

She continued in her put up: “I additionally know that it's time for me to start the subsequent section of my profession, though dance will all the time be part of me. I'm excited in regards to the concept of evolving, about being challenged in new methods, being able to increase my dedication to psychological well being advocacy, specializing in my newfound love for podcasting, & I’m able to face the uncertainty.”

The Dance Moms alum — who has participated in 26 seasons of the competition and won the mirror ball trophy twice — went on to share her heartfelt gratitude to her “DWTS family” of former partners, fellow professional dancers, series hosts and the judging panel of Hough, 37, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. (Season 31 will also mark Goodman’s final appearance on the Disney+ competitors.)

“Love you boo. What an unimaginable journey. So proud to be a part of your story,” Cody Rigsby commented, referring to their season 30 partnership.

Burke — who will carry out a “farewell dance” throughout Monday’s finale — was paired with meteorologist Sam Champion for season 31.

“With this season specifically, there’s peace together with the entire elimination course of,” Burke exclusively told Us Weekly last month of her partnership with the 61-year-old Good Morning America character. “Like, usually I’m a nervous, sweaty wreck, however with Sam, if I’m trying on the precise capability of all of the celebrities? We're very blessed to still be in this competition, to be fairly sincere, and Sam is aware of that.”

She added on the time: “Each season is a lot more challenging than the previous season. Everyone’s so gifted. Everybody’s bought their very own factor. And Sam and I are simply actually completely happy to be right here.”

Burke and Champion have been eventually eliminated during the fourth week of competition however are set to reunite for the finale.

Scroll beneath to see how the I Can Do That alum’s fellow DWTS professionals have reacted to her retirement:


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