Sharna May Burgess, an Australian ballroom dancer, was born on June 21, 1985, and is best known for her role as a professional partner and troupe member on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
She and her celebrity partner Bobby Bones won season 27 of the American television show Dancing with the Stars, and she has also been a runner-up in several other seasons.
She, along with Craig Revel Horwood and Tristan MacManus, has been a judge on the Australian edition of the show since 2019.
Brian explains how he and Sharna met for the first time. “We met at a coffee shop, had a few dates, and then we were imprisoned in a house together,” he tells PEOPLE. I was thankful for that because it allowed us to take our time and enjoy ourselves.
1. Early Years of Sharna Burgess
Burgess was born to Ray and Lucy Burgess in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. Despite being a tomboy, Burgess developed a passion for dance. She participated in a variety of sports and dancing disciplines as a child.
She began ballet, jazz, and gymnastics training at the age of five. She began studying ballroom when she was eight years old, and she went on to win numerous local and national titles.
She was chosen to represent Australia in the World Championships in both the Standard and Latin styles at the age of 15, and she also performed in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Burgess relocated to London at the age of 18, where she amassed a slew of awards and took part in a UK tour with the show Simply Ballroom. Choreographer Jason Gilkison offered her a position on the Burn the Floor tour after Simply Ballroom.
She spent six years in the cast. When Burn the Floor moved to Broadway, Burgess was a member of the cast. Burgess made his first televised appearances in Australia on Dancing with the Stars and in Belgium and the Netherlands on So You Think You Can Dance.
She was a troupe member on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. She also aided So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Jason Gilkison on both the Australian and American editions of the program while with the ensemble.
She stayed with the ensemble until the season 15 finale. Burgess was promoted to regular pro for Season 16 and paired with Andy Dick.
For season 17, she returned as a professional, this time partnering retired NFL player Keyshawn Johnson. They were the first pair to be eliminated from the competition. She was matched with Olympic ice dancer Charlie White during Season 18.
Despite wonderful reviews and high scores throughout the season, they were ousted during week 9 (the semi-finals) and finished in fifth place. On August 27, Sharna was confirmed for Season 19. She teamed up with talk-show host Tavis Smiley for Season 19. They were eliminated in week 2 and placed 12th overall.
Burgess was matched with Noah Galloway, a military veteran, and motivational speaker, for Season 20. The duo advanced to the finals and came in third place. She was matched with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys for Season 21.
The duo made it to the finals and finished second to Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough, who won the competition. She was paired with NFL athlete Antonio Brown during Season 22. The couple advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated and finishing fourth.
Burgess was paired with race car driver James Hinchcliffe for Season 23. Burgess had to sit out weeks 8 and 9 due to a knee injury sustained during the previous week’s dress rehearsal. Jenna Johnson stepped in as Hinchcliffe’s partner in her absence.
Burgess was paired with renowned bull rider Bonner Bolton for Season 24. The couple was eliminated in week 8 and placed fifth overall. Burgess returns for Season 25 and was matched with Derek Fisher, a former NBA player.
The couple was eliminated in week four and placed ninth overall. She was paired with NFL athlete Josh Norman during Season 26. The duo advanced to the finals and placed second overall. She was paired with Bobby Bones, a radio personality, for Season 27.
Despite receiving low ratings from the judges, they were continually saved by the votes of the audience and ultimately won the competition. Burgess was revealed as the single female judge for the Australian version of the reality dancing competition series on February 2, 2019.
Burgess was absent from season 28 of the American adaptation. She was paired with actor Jesse Metcalfe for season 29 of the American version the following year. The couple finished in 12th place after being eliminated in the fifth week of the competition.
3. Personal Affairs
Burgess realized she suffered a slight tear in her knee ligament after her performance in the World Championships semi-finals. She insisted on finishing the competition rather than taking quick action.
She needed knee ligament reconstruction surgery because she ripped two ligaments in half and lost all of the menisci in one knee. Brian Austin Green is her current boyfriend. They met in 2020 after mutual friends set them up.
They announced they are expecting their first child together in February 2022; the infant, a boy, is due on July 4, 2022.
4. Real Estate
Sharna purchased a property in the Hollywood Hills for $1.1 million in 2017. She put the house on the market in March 2022 for $1.4 million.
5. What Is Sharna Burgess Net Worth?
Sharna Burgess has a $3 million net worth as an Australian ballroom dancer. She is most recognized for her appearances as a professional dance partner on ABC’s smash show Dancing With the Stars.
Sharna’s first appearances on television were on Dancing with the Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance Holland.
Sharna joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars in season 13 while also aiding choreographer Jason Gilkison on both the Australian and American versions of So You Think You Can Dance.
She stayed with the ensemble until the season 15 finale. Sharna was promoted to regular pro for Season 16 and paired with Andy Dick. For season 17, she returned as a professional, this time partnering retired NFL player Keyshawn Johnson.
They were the first pair to be eliminated from the competition. Sharna Burgess teamed up with Olympic ice dancer Charlie White for Season 18.