Sharna Burgess, born June 21st 1985, grew up in Australia where despite being a tree climbing tomboy, her love for entertainment and dance was evident from a very young age. Always singing into a hairbrush, and making relatives sit to watch her latest choreography.
At 5 years of age, Sharna began training in Ballet, Jazz and gymnastics. By 8 she had started Ballroom, where she went on to win many local and national titles in her first few years. At age 15 Sharna was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the Standard and Latin styles, and performed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. An honour and a memory she will never forget.
After living in London for 2 years following her competitive career, collecting numerous titles around the globe and appearing in a UK tour with the theatre show Simply Ballroom, she was picked up in 2006 by choreographer Jason Gilkison to go on tour with the hit dance sensation Burn The Floor. A show that has sold in excess of 4 million tickets in over 30 countries and 160 cities worldwide and toured the world with them for 6 years. In that time she did guest appearances on Dancing with the Stars Australia, Dancing With The Stars USA, So You Think You Can Dance Holland, and was the assistant choreographer to Jason Gilkison for So You Think You Can Dance USA and Australia for many years. In 2009 Burn The Floor landed on Broadway, where Sharna was one of the lead female dancers.
After achieving her life long dream of Broadway, Sharna said goodbye in 2011 to an amazing run with Burn The Floor and moved from the theatre world to the film industry, where she choreographed for Street Dance 2 3D, set to be released in Europe March 2012. Here she not only choreographed some of the most exciting latin and salsa scenes on film to date, but also worked with renowned choreographers Rich + Tone Talauega to fuse the Hip Hop world and the Latin world together, creating a whole new style.
Sharna is now currently living in Los Angeles, and working on the #1 ABC show Dancing with the Stars, as a dancer and choreographer. She is also working towards a career in TV and Film through acting and hosting, as she loves life in front of the camera, just as much as making magic behind it. To her, being a part our entertainment industry is all her childhood dreams come true, and she hopes to continue her success long into the future.