Cheryl Burke’s time at DWTS seems to be coming to an end

Could Cheryl Burke walk away from Dancing with the Stars for good? Burke hinted that she’s thankful and grateful to have had one last hooray with her longtime boyfriend Sam Champion. In an Instagram post announcing their partnership for season 31, the professional dancer shared a video clip from about 10 years ago in which she joked that the weather presenter was her “new dance partner,” pointing out that Champion dreamed of participating in the show for almost a decade.

Burke’s reaction to being in the last two in week three of competition also implied that she is ready to exit her 25-season run on a positive note. “This season in particular, there’s peace along with the whole elimination process,” Burke told Us Weekly, noting that the competition is tough this season. “We are very blessed to still be in this competition, to be completely honest,” she added.

In September, shortly after the Season 31 premiere, the former “Dance Moms” told Fox News Digital that dancing “saved her life,” especially after she opened up about her sobriety and dealing with a divorce. Additionally, Burke mentioned that the show and its people — whom she calls her “family” — give her “a purpose in life.” But it seems she’s also ready to hang up her heels and focus on other things.

Cheryl Burke says season 31 of DWTS will ‘probably’ be her last

After being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars season 31, Cheryl Burke and Sam Champion discussed how physically demanding workouts can be for celebrities and pros alike. “It’s like training for the Olympics,” Burke, a two-time mirrorball trophy winner, told Good Morning America.

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And now Burke seems ready to say goodbye to everything. “A lot of people have asked me if this is my last season,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “The answer to that question is probably yes, this is my final season as a dancer.” She mentioned that the decision wasn’t because she wants a baby, but because she kind of wants to be a part of the show, which is indicative that she wants to be a judge or additional presenter.

Though Burke may be stepping away from being a “DWTS” pro for now, she might have an itch to come back. Mark Ballas said goodbye to the ballroom after season 25 to focus on his music career, but he’s back on the show after a five-season hiatus. “You can get the boy out of the ballroom, but you can’t get the ballroom out of the boy,” executive producer Conrad Green told Entertainment Weekly. Maybe Burke will feel the same way.