02:55 PM EDT 09/02/2015
Originally posted 08/27/2015 05:10PM
Bindi Irwin's family isn't known for their dancing skills, but that isn't stopping her younger brother, Robert, from offering help as she prepares to compete on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars.
"My brother Robert – he's 11 now – he sat me down the other day and very seriously told me, 'Bindi, I'm going to give you some tips for when it comes to dancing. I have some great ideas for you,' " the daughter of the late Steve Irwin says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. "I said, 'Okay. Thank you.' "
What came next was a lesson in moves like "the sprinkler."
Bindi Irwin Says Dancing with the Stars Will Be 'More Terrifying Than Jumping on Top of a Crocodile'
Originally posted 08/27/2015 08:45AM
When it comes to things that scare Bindi Irwin, competing on Dancing with the Stars ranks higher than spending time with sharp-toothed wildlife.
"This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile," Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. "Crocodiles, they are very special because they are modern-day dinosaurs. But I've kind of worked with them my whole life, whereas I've never danced before in my life."
Originally posted 08/26/2015 01:00PM
Bindi Irwin says she's "thrilled" to be competing on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, but she's even more excited for the opportunity to pay tribute to her father, the late Steve Irwin.
"My dad will always be with me in spirit," the 17-year-old says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. "Embarking on this journey, I really want to make him as proud as possible."
Originally posted 08/24/2015 04:45PM
Bindi Irwin has found herself in many different spotlights since her father's unexpected death in 2007. In her 17 years, she's starred in award-winning children's shows and become an outspoken teenage leader. Now Irwin is gearing up for a new adventure on Dancing with the Stars.
"I am absolutely thrilled. I can't tell you how excited I am," she told PEOPLE about joining the show's season 21 roster. "I think that it is going to be a truly unbelievable new experience. I can't wait to see what is to come."
As we get ready to see what killer moves the wildlife conservationist will bring to the competition, we take a look back at her journey from a crocodile-befriending cutie to a confident, wise young woman.
Originally posted 07/21/2015 02:45PM
Ah, young love!
Originally posted 02/04/2015 07:35PM
"G'day," Bindi Irwin says brightly at the beginning of her PEOPLE interview, reinforcing every preconceived notion with just one word.
Originally posted 01/04/2015 02:35PM
Wildlife isn't the only thing that has captured Bindi Irwin's heart.
Originally posted 07/26/2014 06:00PM
Bindi Irwin has many ways of remembering the dad she adored, late Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin, who died in 2006 when she was 8.
There are the "Daddy DVDs" of his adventures as the host of the popular Animal Planet series The Crocodile Hunter, which her brother Robert, 10, "studies with such intensity," she says.
Originally posted 07/24/2014 04:30PM
Now she's really a teenager.
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