Peta Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Perth, Australia. Peta has been dancing since the age of four. Her intensive training started with classic ballet where she studied for 12 years under one of the renowned Kirov Ballet’s former principal dancers, Madame Lubov Nikonorenko. She added to her dance repertoire with training in contemporary and Spanish dance. Since beginning ballroom dancing, she quickly became an Australian State Champion with three months which lead her to move to London to further her burgeoning career.
Among her myriad international competitions, she finished 2nd in the Great World City Championships, was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore and was a finalist in the Australian Open Championships. Peta’s most memorable success was being placed 3rd in the world in the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006.
Peta landed on Broadway in August 2009 where she was the lead female dancer. After achieving her lifelong goal of performing on Broadway, she ended her run with the production to pursue a career in television and film. In addition to performing on Dancing with the Stars in the U.S. and Australia, she has performed on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and Holland. A talented choreographer as well, she has worked and performed with a diverse roster of artists including Heart, Rod Stewart and Enrique Iglesisas, to name a few. Her talent for choreography paid off when her and pro-football player Donald Driver won Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars. With Peta’s profile growing in the U.S. she has graced the cover of Pilates Style magazine, BE! Magazine and has been featured in OK!, Us Weekly and other magazines. Currently, she is the face and body of South Seas Tan which also serves as the exclusive tanning company of Dancing with the Stars. Her primary charitable concern is breast cancer awareness (her mom is a survivor) and she has supported the Susan G. Komen Foundation with their Inspiration Awards.
Tristan MacManus began dancing in his hometown of Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland before moving on to compete and study around Europe and the U.S , eventually winning numerous Juvenile, Junior and Amateur competitions. After appearing in an uncredited dance role in the 2004 movie Ella Enchanted, he performed in theatre productions throughout Ireland, most notably in the Cork City Opera House and The Gaiety Theatre, including Bryan Flynn’s production of Oliver! and Aladdin, among others. Next, he joined the UK tour of Simply Ballroom and, after a successful tour in London and Las Vegas, went on to Australia and America where he toured as a featured dancer with Burn The Floor and Floorplay. After numerous world tours and a year teaching Ballroom and Latin dancing in Boston, he returned to Europe to join the cast of Dirty Dancing as Dance Captain. He then went on to do a second stint on The West End stage in London before accepting a role on ABC’ s hit tv show Dancing With The Stars. Tristan will be competing this year on the UK version of the show Strictly Come Dancing.