She’s back on the main stage competing for the mirror ball trophy during the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars.
And Cheryl Burke added even more steps to her routine as she replaces now-incarcerated Abby Lee Miller as head teacher on Lifetime’s Dance Moms.
The 33-year-old ballroom beauty admitted to US Weekly on Thursday that her new role working with children will be difficult, as the girls have been traumatized by Abby through the years.
Cheryl Burke added even more steps to her routine as she replaces now-incarcerated Abby Lee Miller as head teacher on Lifetime’s Dance Moms; seen at Dancing With The Stars on Monday in Los Angeles
Cheryl said it was challenging stepping in as the new coach on the hit Lifetime reality television show starring child dancers.
‘It was tough, there were a lot of tears, anger and insecurity,’ the professional choreographer said. ‘It was shocking to me.
‘I couldn’t believe these beautiful girls that have zero confidence. That’s not the way to live life.’
Who me? Cheryl admitted that working with the children from Dance Moms would be difficult as Abby Lee traumatized them; Abby seen on Tuesday’s episode of the show
Tiny dancer: One of Abby’s dancers Maesi struggles with her coaches words after her performance on Tuesday’s episode of Dance Moms
Cheryl connected with many of the tiny dancers who said their former coach was to blame for their fears.
‘They said they’d been traumatized by Abby and her teaching methods,’ Burke contiued. ‘That’s a shame because with teenagers it’s so important to mentor them.’
Miller was known for her aggressive form of coaching and was often seen yelling on camera at her young dancers.
‘They said they’d been traumatized’ Cheryl Burke spoke with the girls of Dance Moms before embarking as their new coach and trainer
Miller was known for her aggressive form of coaching and was often seen yelling on camera at her young dancers; seen on Tuesday’s episode of the Lifetime reality television show
‘I’m not a yeller,’ Cheryl said of her teaching tactics. ‘But I am strict. I tell it how it is, especially with the mothers because I come from the original dance mom. She was hard on me, but in the right way.’
She’s had a fair share of struggles growing up in the spotlight on the dance floor, and used her past experiences dealing with bullies to help inspire the girls to forget about their pasts and move forward.
‘I had people body-shaming me when I gained a lot of weight and as a teenager, your body is going to change,” the two-time Dancing With The Stars winner said. ‘To get through it, you need to have great family and friends.’
Abby pleaded guilty to two counts of bankruptcy fraud on June 27, 2016 and was facing a possible five year jail term.
Her sentence was reduced to a 366-day term which began in July, and she was also ordered to pay a $40,000 fine.
Cheryl Burke and partner Terrell Owens compete for the mirror ball trophy on the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars; seen on Monday in studio