'Dancing With The Stars' season 27: Juan Pablo Di Pace gets candid about pro-partner Cheryl Burke and their rehearsals
Juan's position as one of the forerunners on the show's 27th season also has a lot to do with his pro-partner Cheryl Burke
Juan Pablo Di Pace has had a career out of entertaining audiences through one stellar stage performance after another here and on the European screen. And now, adding to his list of talents is dancing. He has emerged as one of the most consistently good performers on ABC's hit reality show 'Dancing With The Stars'.
While the 'Fuller House' actor's co-stars have already appeared on DWTS and offered their tips and advises to Juan, his position as one of the forerunners on the show's 27th season also has a lot to do with his pro-partner, Cheryl Burke. Cheryl might have won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy twice on the show, but that doesn't mean she is letting Juan go easy. Talking about how she always shines her partners through, and his biggest competition on the show, Juan spilled quite the fun inside details of his DWTS journey, especially about how he trains and prepares for the show.
Speaking to Haute Living, Juan shared how he happened to score a spot on the show. "In 2016 I went to see Jodie Sweetin on the premiere episode, and I remember it made a huge impression on me, just how cool it all seemed. So that was what sparked me into thinking that one day I might do this, and two years later they came to me." And that seems a fairly legitimate manner, as he admittedly has "always been a fan of the spectacle of the show, how well designed it is and how it’s a competition about ability," which he loves.
Looking at his and Cheryl's chemistry on the dance floor, one would think he had known of her brilliant techniques prior to being paired together in DWTS, but he'll have you believe otherwise. "Because I watched Jodie’s season, and Cheryl wasn’t on that season, even though she’s a fan favorite I wasn’t aware of her as a pro," he shared.
"So I had to go and research her, and I was blown away. I could tell she was a really passionate choreographer and teacher. One thing that stood out to me was that the guys she was partnered with always shine through. She’s an incredibly altruistic pro. Cheryl just makes the guys look great, and she loves creating dances that go to the actual music and style."
But it's not just the pro-partner's skills that have helped him climb the ladder on the show. Juan follows a pretty remarkable fitness and rehearsal routine too, to ensure his progress further.
"Before the show, I was still shooting 'Fuller House' so I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare," he explained. "I only really had two weeks with Cheryl before the first episodes. She actually told me not to be lifting weights and working out before, because we’d be working so hard and be so exhausted, so I listened to her! We train five to eight hours a day in rehearsals."
Yet, none of that is getting to his head as he still remains grounded and considers every remaining contestant a competition. "We all start from scratch every Tuesday with a new dance. So even though we got a perfect score this week, now it’s back to zero on my personal leaderboard."