Dancing with the Stars fans love seeing which of their favorite pros return and which don’t each season. Jenna Johnson, who won’t be in the upcoming season as she’s pregnant with her first child, told Us Weekly that they usually make last-minute decisions about whether or not to dance next season. While some professionals have the freedom to come and go as they please, others aren’t so lucky.
“God I don’t even know where to start to be honest because obviously it was a massive shock and having calls like that is never, ever, never fun,” Artem Chigvintsev said on The Bellas Podcast in 2019 “. after finding out he was cut from season 28 of the show. “It’s like going through a breakup.”
It’s never fun for fans to find out that their favorite dancers won’t be shaking their hips on the dance floor either. Fan favorite Mark Ballas missed season 23 for portraying Frankie Valli on Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” per Entertainment Tonight. And since his last appearance in Season 25, he’s been making music with his wife, BC Jean. Now two professional dancers appear to be following in Balla’s footsteps as they take a break from the ballroom to focus on their personal lives.
Lindsay Arnold and Sharna Burgess are not returning
Sharna Burgess will not be returning for Dancing with the Stars season 31. “I made the really tough decision not to do this year’s season of ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” Burgess said via Instagram Stories (via Page Six). “A list was released saying I would be a pro and I won’t be.” The professional dancer, who recently had a baby with partner Brian Austin Green, mentioned that she still does in some ways will appear on the show but cannot commit to becoming a full-time professional.
Shortly after, Lindsay Arnold dropped the news that she won’t be returning for the upcoming season either. “I wanted to let you all know that I have decided not to be a part of Dancing With the Stars this season,” Arnold posted on Instagram. “This was one of the hardest decisions, but ultimately I made what I believe is best for me and my family.” Similar to Burgess, the season 25 winner said she is retiring from her career as a professional dancer to take care of their daughter Sage in Utah.
While it will be sad for fans not to see Burgess and Arnold perform, according to Just Jared there are still plenty of professional favorites returning for season 31 including Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson and defending champion Daniella Karagach.