Kids' Sacrifice, Support Bolsters Brooke Burke

11/17/2008 at 08:00 PM ET

Learning to dance hasn’t been the biggest challenge for Dancing With the Stars contestant Brooke Burke — instead, its been learning to juggle practice along with having four children! "That’s been the toughest part," shared Brooke on an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, noting that "its been a big sacrifice for me and for them. Now that there’s light at the tunnel and we’re almost through, they’ve been very, very supportive."

In order to spend more time with Neriah, 8 ½, Sierra Sky, 6 ½, Heaven Rain, 22 months, and Shaya Braven, 8 months, Brooke sometimes brings them to dance rehearsal. This is fine with her partner Derek Hough, who describes the kids as both "insane" and "cute" and uses them to  his advantage! Recently, Brooke was having problems with her posture for a dance, so Derek placed Shaya in a baby carrier on his mom’s chest to keep her in check, he explained.

"Shaya helped us out, he showed us a quickstep frame there. He actually fell asleep…he’s out."

Brooke, 37, is engaged to actor David Charvet, who is father to Heaven and Shaya. Neriah and Sierra are Brooke’s daughters with ex-husband Dr. Garth Fisher.

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting , Reality TV

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*AJ* on

I am simply amazed and proud to watch a mom of 4 work so hard and find a balance for being a mom and a celebrity. She has done an amazing job with both! I hope she realizes what an inspiration she is to many moms out there in this world! I love that shes willing to admit that it is a struggle but thats just part of it. It makes her more human and less robotic and fake. It and reassures many moms that it isn’t easy like we think for celebrities they have to work at it and sometimes have doubts as well!

brooke on

Brooke seems like a great mom and an overall nice person. Her fiance is hot too lol. She has one of the best bodies after kids, that I have seen, she is doing great on DWTS. I hope she wins this season.

Max'sMom on

To all the US mommies out there!


I am in Canada & wish I could vote for her!!!