Peta Murgatroyd is a professional dancer who is most well recognized for her time on Dancing With the Stars. Peta joined the reality dance competition show for season 13 and won the mirror ball trophy in her second season on the show with partner Donald Driver. Now, Murgatroyd has more than 10 seasons under her belt. The New Zealand born, Australian dancer is definitely a fan favorite and there’s no denying her incredible talent to not only dance, but coach her dancing partners through the series. Here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Peta Murgatroyd:
10. She’s Australian
Peta was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but her family moved to Australia when she was only 18-months-old, so she definitely considers herself an Aussie. Her parents moved to Australia because they wanted to give her and her brother more opportunities and her mother has said in the past that she always knew Peta would grow up to be extremely “artsie.” After moving, Peta was raised in Perth, Western Australia and, like many other professional dancers, Peta started at a young age. She began studying classical ballet at age 4 and later trained in Contemporary and Spanish dance. By the age of 10, she was a trained Ballerina and was offered an audition for one of the most prestigious ballet schools in Australia called The Graduate College of Dance.