The Australian Women's Weekly

Keeping up with the Krugers

Back in 1965 as the radio blared out her favourite tunes, a heavily pregnant Margaret Kruger would dance around her house in Queensland’s Toowoomba, her yet-to-make-an-appearance daughter Sonia kicking merrily along. Now, 54 years later, she’s no longer shimmying alone.

Joined by the popular TV presenter and her four-year-old daughter, Maggie, the trio joyously busts a move during a family photo shoot with The Weekly. “I always said that my dancing around the house when I was pregnant with Sonia was why she became a dancer,” laughs Margaret, recalling Sonia’s turn as sequin-laden diva Tina Sparkle in Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 classic Strictly Ballroom.

“Mum grew up in that generation where they went to dances, so she knew how to do a barn dance, a gypsy tap,” Sonia says fondly. “I remember her teaching me when I was a little kid in the lounge room, and now I do the same with Maggie. It’s really fun – we have that shared love of music.”

Sonia took her first lesson when she was Maggie’s age, tagging along

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