Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness or workout routine that you can share with us?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: I am totally addicted to hot yoga. I simply can’t get enough of it. In between seasons, I am usually taking classes at least four times a week. I love the way I feel at the end of class, completely refreshed, stretched and ready for what’s ahead.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you have a special diet or strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: I don’t try to restrict myself too much. I have that personality that if you tell me I can’t chocolate then the first thing I crave is chocolate and most likely I will find some. I do like to snack on fruits and vegetables and green smoothies. I found out that if I keep my snacking clean and don’t eat after 8 pm, I feel much better.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and what do you do to your hair to make it so stunning?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: Thank you!!! I don’t actually have a skin treatment. I do take vitamins. I take biotin for my hair. I also have various vitamins I take for my skin, hair and nails. I feel vitamins are helpful. My hair on Dancing With The Stars usually looks amazing on TV because we have an incredible team that can work wonders for all of us in the cast. They always make us look and feel amazing.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What advice and motivation can you give to the budding dancers who are your fans?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: My best advice for young dancers as silly as it may sound is to never give up. This is a very hard industry in which to succeed. If this is what you want every morning, the minute that you wake up and you never lose sight of your dreams, then you have a strong chance to make it. Just be patient and always dedicated to your craft.
To be successful, you have to be more than just a good dancer. You need to be a good businessperson and understand what is going on around you. Protect yourself and be informed. Remember that dancers have shorter life spans than most other careers. We have to start planning ahead for the years after dance. Do you want to be a choreographer? Director? Creative Director? Own a studio? Teach? The list of possibilities can go on and on but they won’t unless you plan ahead. Although dance is your first love and your passion (as it is mine) you need to think of dance as an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling stepping stone towards something later that you can sustain for life.