DWTS 13: Peta Murgatroyd

Heavens to Murgatroyd! What to do when your celebrity partner decides his name doesn’t have enough Q-factor and changes it just weeks before the show begins? That’s the kind of problem Peta Murgatroyd faces when she debuts as a professional dancer assigned to the NBA small forward formerly known as Ron Artest.

Artest has gone artistic and while it might have worked for Prince when he took on a symbol, will Artest’s new moniker, Metta World Peace,” gain fans or drive them away. MWP is similar to MVP, but is MWP looking to become a pro wrestler? Or is he just ready to begin name dropping? MWP took Lakers number 37  because Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was No. 1 on the charts for 37 straight weeks. Wonder if this means Murgatroyd is working on a  “Thriller” dance routine for MWP.

Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand. The originally trained to be a ballet dancer, even studying with the Kirov Ballet, but she switched to ballroom and in three months became the Australian State Champion. She placed third in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in 2006.

Before that, she was making a name for herself at a cast member for “Burn the Floor” in 2004.  Murgatroyd traveled to 30 countries and 160 cities as part of the cast and was on Broadway when the show opened in August 2009.  Murgatroyd is in Los Angeles to find opportunity in film and television.


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 19, 2011, in Peta Murgatroyd, Professional Dancers, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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