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January 09, 2015 02:50 PM

Cheryl Burke may have dropped her quest for a Dancing with the Stars mirrorball in 2015, but she’s hoping to pick up something else that glitters.

“I want a family, and I want kid,” Burke, 30, told PEOPLE at Thursday’s Audi Golden Globes kick-off party in Los Angeles. “So JT better put a ring on it soon!”

Burke’s referring to her boyfriend, JT Torregiani, an entrepreneur whom she started dating last year, even though they’ve been friends for the past decade.

“Being part of Dancing took up a lot of my time,” added Burke. “The reason love came into my life now is because I allowed that to happen.”

And Burke couldn’t be happier – not only with her relationship, but with herself. “It’s hard, especially in this town, to be you,” said Burke. “In this relationship, I can be me, whether it’s negative or positive. He accepts me for me. I don’t have to hide anything from him.”

So, if all things go as planned, what kind of wedding can we expect to see from Cheryl and JT?

“He is Sicilian. So I’d love to get married in Italy,” said Burke. “I would love to get married in a beautiful church. It would be small and intimate, but then a big party in L.A.”

There’s one catch: Burke won’t be the one doing the dancing for a change. “I’m going to make him learn a dance and do a solo for me,” Burke said with a laugh. “Then, I can sit back, watch and be the judge for once!”

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