The daughter of Gleb Savchenko and the son of Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy could be the future of Dancing with the stars.
Murgatroyd recently told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that his 5-year-old son, Shia, loves to dance and practices his ballroom dancing moves with him. Savchenko’s daughter. When asked if Shia wanted to follow in the footsteps of her famous parent – literally – Murgatroyd thinks Shia just wants to have fun as much as mom and dad.
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Growing up around dancing only made sense if Shia wanted to give it a shot. “I think he saw us do it, but he doesn’t really know what we’re doing,” Murgatroyd said during a discussion on Peta Jane Beauty.
“It’s not like he’s in the studio every day with us, with celebrities Dancing. Like, no, you’re just watching, mom. He doesn’t really know my job title, so to speak. But we just put him there for fun originally in group dance lessons and he would have a ball, he would like that. And then, Gleb and his ex-wife Elena, she runs the studio and she offered to do private lessons for us. So yeah, that was cool. That’s how it started. And we were just like, ‘Just try it. If you don’t like it, we don’t have to go on.
The children of Gleb Savenchenko and Peta Murgatroyd could end up competing one day
But Shia really liked dancing. Murgatroyd said Shia is currently exploring ballroom dancing, ChaCha, Samba and Waltz. “I mean, they start off really slow,” she said. “But he has a little partner, Gleb from the show, Gleb Savchenko’s granddaughter, they dance together. So it’s super cute.
“They practice walking together on the dance floor as if they were going to compete,” she continued. “So I think in the long run maybe they’ll start competing together. But he loves counting music right now.
And while Shia likes to dance, Murgatroyd said sometimes he didn’t want to go to class. “He still tells me, like, when we drive to dance, ‘Aw [scoff] we are going to dance ?’ You know, and I have to say, ‘Yes, you have a partner! You know, if you don’t like it, then we don’t have to. I always make it very clear that I never want to push him to do anything, but I think it’s really great for confidence.
Peta Murgatroyd said dancing can help build confidence
Murgatroyd said that while she won’t push Shia to continue dancing, she thought about how dancing can help with confidence.
“As a kid I used to do ballet. I’ve been on stage all my life and I feel like that’s made me who I am because I can be in front of a big group of people on stage. Even having the confidence to get on the dance floor in a nightclub or something. I wish he had that confidence to take a girl out dancing one day,” she said.
For now, Shia is just having fun. Chmerkovskiy recently took the family to Boca Raton, Florida to offer private dance lessons and Murgatroyd and Shia followed. Murgatroyd said she doesn’t plan to teach, but she and Shia will likely be in the studio as well. “I definitely go to the studio every day with Shia,” she said.
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