Before ‘DWTS’: Cheryl Burke Shares Photo with Young Mark Ballas, Julianne and Derek Hough


Serious Dancing with the Stars fans will know that several of the professional dancers go way back. Julianne and Derek Hough have spoken at length about long they’ve known Mark Ballas and that they basically grew up together. Those three aren’t the only ones who have a long history with each other. Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke shared a picture on Instagram Thursday of a much younger group of future Dancing with the Stars professionals.

In the picture, embedded below, Cheryl Burke can be seen with the younger Hough siblings and Mark Ballas. The picture was taken at a competition and several of the dancers, including the future DWTS cast members, can be seen holding trophies. Cheryl captioned the picture, “#tbt to when @juleshough was still the shortest but I was definitely the most tan. #eyeshadowfordays.”


If you can’t pick out all of the future Dancing with the Stars pros, Cheryl tagged her current co-workers in the picture. Julianne Hough is indeed the shortest and is in the center of the picture. Mark Ballas is standing to Julianne’s right (and he definitely gives Cheryl a run for her money for “most tan.”) Julianne’s brother Derek is on her right and he is towering over his two younger co-stars. Two dancers over from Derek’s right, Cheryl can be recognized.

Derek and Julianne Hough are currently planning a dancing tour for 2017. Mark Ballas took some time off from Dancing with the Stars season 23 after his marriage. Cheryl competed in season 23, in which she mentored Ryan Lochte. It is unknown how many of the dancers will return for season 24.
Dancing with the Stars will return for season 24 in 2017 on ABC.
(Image courtesy of Instagram/Cheryl Burke)