Sharna Burgess not returning to ‘DWTS’ for Season 31

Sharna Burgess will not be competing as a pro on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

The professional dancer, who gave birth to son Zane on June 28, took to her Instagram Story on Wednesday to set the record straight on whether she’d be back for Season 31.

“Hi, I have some news that I have to tell you guys, because I keep getting so many DMs about it,” Burgess, 37, began. “I, 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.’ There has been a list that was released saying that I would be a pro and I won’t be.”

Burgess clarified, however, that she will still “be there in some capacity,” telling fans, “We’re still talking about that.”

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Sharna Burgess revealed on Wednesday that she will not be back as a pro on “Dancing With the Stars” Season 31.
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Burgess clarified that while her body is “at 100 percent capacity” and “fit, strong and so ready to dance” just two months after giving birth, the time commitment is what held her back from jumping back onto the dance floor.

She competed with boyfriend Brian Austin Green last season. The pair later welcomed son Zane.

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She competed with boyfriend Brian Austin Green last season. The pair later welcomed son Zane.

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“I was not ready to spend, at minimum, 10 hours a day away from Zane,” she explained.

“I’m a full-time breastfeeding mama. And not only that, I just am so in love with being a mom. As much as it was hard to say no to ‘Dancing’ … I have this family and this newborn at home that I may never get these moments back [with].”

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“I just am so in love with being a mom,” the dancer gushed via her Instagram Stories.
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She continued, “I’ve been waiting for this for so long, so I am staying in that moment and I’m going to live and love every single bit of it. But it does not mean that I won’t be around … so you will see me, but it will just be in a different way.”

Burgess welcomed her first child with boyfriend Brian Austin Green – with whom she competed on last season of “DWTS” – in late June. Green, 49, also shares sons Noah, 9, Bodhi, 8, and Journey, 6, with ex-wife Megan Fox, and Kassius, 20, with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Marcil.

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The ballroom dancer won Season 27 with radio personality Bobby Bones
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The full list of “DWTS” pros and their celebrity partners will be revealed early next month on “Good Morning America” ahead of Season 31, which premieres Sept. 19 on Disney+.

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