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Sharna Burgess Felt ‘Emotional’ Finally Becoming a U.S. Citizen: ‘I Found My Tribe Here’

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As Sharna Burgess continues to build her career and family in the United States, she has officially become a citizen.“Today something really amazing happened :),” the Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, captioned a Thursday, October 6, Instagram post, sharing footage from the ceremony. “I had no idea that this would feel emotional for me.

This has been my home for nearly 12 years now. My son was born here, my life and love and career — all here. And yet this last step of becoming a citizen and finally having the same rights as all Americans felt so important.”Burgess, who hails from Australia, had left her home country at the age of 18 to pursue a career as a professional dancer.

After moving from country to country in garbage bags — since it was “easier” than suitcases — the choregrapher eventually settled in Los Angeles when she joined the season 13 cast of DWTS in 2011.“I think I always felt a bit like a Gypsy searching for belonging.

Afraid of staying in one place and also craving the security of it,” she wrote on Thursday. “But then, America slowly became my permanent home.

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