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Full Name: Peta Jane Murgatroyd
Dance Style: Latin
Season 16 Partner: Bachelor Sean Lowe
Peta was born on July 16, 1986, in Auckland, New Zealand, and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She began dancing at age four, dedicating herself to classical ballet for 12 years. Once she took up ballroom dancing, however, it was game over: Three months after she started, she became the Australian State Champion. She has competed abroad and placed in multiple championships around the world.
Peta first hit the DWTS dance floor as a member of Season 12's pro performance troupe. She joined the show the following season, paired with basketball star Ron Artest. After landing in 12th place on Season 13, she came back to win the Mirror Ball trophy with Season 14 partner Donald Driver, an NFL star.
Beginning in 2004, Peta toured with the show Burn the Floor for six years. When it hit Broadway in August 2009, she was chosen to be the lead female dancer.
After splitting with longtime love Damian Whitewood, an Australian professional ballroom dancer and former Dancing With the Stars pro, in 2012, Peta dated hotheaded DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy for 10 months before their February 2013 breakup.
- 2006: 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships
Performance Roundup on DWTS
Season 13: Ron Artest (Finished 12th)
Season 14: Donald Driver (Finished 1st)
Season 15: Gilles Marini (Finished 6th)
Season 16: Sean Lowe (TBD)