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"My brother Robert 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,' " Irwin tells PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated August 27, 2015 05:10 PM
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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.”

“He did it all very seriously and was trying to help me. I’m not entirely sure it will make a difference when I get to Los Angeles, but it was very kind of him,” says the 17-year-old, who adds that her brother and mother, Terri, will be with her when the new season of DWTS kicks off.

For more on Bindi Irwin’s next steps, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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‘ 21st season premieres Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.