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Skating? Jazzercise? Cheryl Burke Rolls With Retro Fitness Crazes

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Don’t let those roller skates fool you! “I’m not really good on skates,” admits Cheryl Burke. “But dance shoes I can dance in!” Despite being a novice on the rink, the DWTS hoofer, turned out to N.Y.C.’s Thompson Square Park Friday to take in a roller derby-inspired day supporting The Body Shop’s DeoDry deodorant launch. As skaters performed tricks and turns, Cheryl shared one out-of-the box fitness favorite with PEOPLE that actually does work for her. “I love doing Jazzercise!” she said. “It’s totally reinvented itself. It’s upbeat, it’s a great cardio class for an hour, and you burn lots of calories.” And when it comes to the dance-floor, Cheryl is equally quick in naming her anytime, anywhere favorite. “I love all the Latin dances,” she said. “I love all the upbeat, salsa, cha-cha, samba dances. I just love the music–and wearing the costumes,” including, of course, those requisite sky-high shoes. “I think I was born in them!” she laughs. “I dance in a three-and-a-half-inch stiletto heel–but it took me a while to get to that level. You really have to be careful not to break your ankle or twist your ankle. So you have to slowly and gradually work [the heel height] up to that.” –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester