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Sharna Burgess -- 9 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' pro


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/22/2016 

Sharna Burgess worked hard to overcome a serious knee injury this season so she could be by her celebrity partner's side as the Season 23 Dancing with the Stars competition winds down.

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Sharna missed a couple of performance shows due to her knee, allowing fellow Dancing with the Stars pro Jenna Johnson to perform in her place with pro race car driver James Hinchcliffe.

But Sharna is back with a fire inside of her to help James win the mirrorball trophy. They have stiff competition heading into Tuesday night's live finale, as the couple is up against Laurie Hernandez and partner Val Chmerkovskiy as well as Calvin Johnson Jr. and partner Lindsay Arnold.

Sharna is a 31-year-old pro dancer and choreographer from Wagga Wagga, Australia. Her ballroom education began at age 8. Want to learn more about her?

Below is a list of 9 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Sharna Burgess:

- She was born on June 21, 1985 and began dance and gymnastics training at age 5. However, she was a Tomboy who also loved climbing trees and, as a teenager, shooting guns at ranges.

- Sharna moved to London at age 18 and later competed on So You Think You Can Dance in Belgium and the Netherlands.

- Sharna has been best friends with fellow DWTS pro Peta Murgatroyd for over 10 years now.

- She joined Dancing with the Stars back in Season 13 as a Troupe member but was bumped up to a pro partner for Season 16.

- She is a huge supporter of the NOH8 Campaign, a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.

- Sharna performed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony as well as on tour for "Simply Ballroom" and "Burn the Floor."

- The beauty dated choreographer and dancer Paul Kirkland from 2010 to 2015.

- Sharna has come close to winning the mirrorball trophy, as she finished Season 21 of DWTS with Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter in second place.

- She has two adorable little dogs named Daisy and Duke, whom she calls her "babies," and a niece named Molly.


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