Why DWTS’ Sharna Burgess Isn’t Returning to Season 31 as a Pro


Sharna Burgess.
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Take a break! Sharna BurgessFocusing on motherhood and taking a step back Dancing With the StarsSeason 31 ahead

“After long conversations and lots of thinking and really trying to sit with what was right … I have made the really hard decision to not to do the season this year of Dancing With the Stars,” the 37-year-old dancer said in an Instagram Story video on Wednesday, August 31. “There has been a list that was released saying that I would be a pro and I won’t be.”

The Australia native — who welcomed her first child, son Zane, with Brian Austin Green in June — revealed that she will, however, still be a part of the dance competition.

“I will be there in some capacity. We’re still talking about that,” Burgess teased.

The ballroom dancer, who joined the hit reality series in 2011, noted that her body is “at 100 percent capacity” and she feels “fit, strong and so ready to dance.” Despite feeling physically ready to jump back into DWTS, Burgess’ time at home is currently her top priority.

“I was not ready to spend, at minimum, 10 hours a day away from Zane,” she said, explaining that with travel time to and from home, practice and actual show days it’s too much to juggle right now.

Burgess, who was dating the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 49, since 2020, added: “I’m a full-time breastfeeding mama. I love being a mother, and that’s not all. It was hard to say “no” to my children. Dancing … I have this family and this newborn at home that I may never get these moments back [with].”

The TV personality confessed that she’s been “waiting for this for so long” so she is opting to fully embrace her new role as a parent instead of dancing full time.

“I’m going to live and love every single bit of it. But it does not mean that I won’t be around,” she concluded, again teasing, “You will see me, but it will just be in a different way.”

Burgess had previously told Us WeeklyAbout her plans for season 31 on ABC, which will move to Disney+ this autumn, she stated that she wanted to dance.

“I would love to do the next season of Dancing With the Stars. It’s a conversation — I have to wait another two weeks before I can work out to test my body to see,” she exclusively dished in July. “But as far as aesthetically getting the weight off or worrying about what I look like, I had the initial fear of looking in the mirror and seeing where I was at.”

The athlete added: “But if I’m not there dancing in person with them, I will for sure be supporting from the sidelines or in the audience.”

Disney+ has announced the first pro batch for season 31 earlier this year. A teaser clip from the upcoming season shows off the new season. Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Brandon Armstrong, Daniella Karagach Pasha PashkovDanced under a Mickey Mouse-shaped mirrorball.

UseIt was confirmed that the full list of dancers had not yet been announced, as contracts were still being worked out.

Season 31 of Dancing With the StarsPremieres on Disney+ Monday September 19.