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Encyclopedia > Mary Murphy (choreographer)
Mary Murphy
Birth name Mary Ann Murphy
Born March 9, 1961
in Flag of Ohio Lancaster, Ohio
Flag of the United States U.S.A.
Statistics
Occupation Choreographer
Gender Female
Children None
Ethnicity Irish
Notable credit(s) Judge/Choreographer on
So You Think You Can Dance
Official website http://www.marymurphy.tv
Agent Manager: Michael Sanchez

Mary Murphy (born March 9) is a ballroom dance champion[1], accredited dance judge, and a regular judge and choreographer on the Fox dance competition-reality show So You Think You Can Dance. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ohio. ... West Main Street in downtown Lancaster in 2006 Lancaster is a city in Fairfield County, Ohio, in the United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network, on Fox Japan, on CTV in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland and on Network Ten in Australia. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Gaskell Ball Ballroom dance, refers collectively to a set of partner dances, which originated in the Western world and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network, on Fox Japan, on CTV in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland and on Network Ten in Australia. ...

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Biography

Mary Murphy was born in Lancaster, Ohio, the only daughter in an Irish family of four children.[2] Keeping up with her siblings left Mary with little affinity for typically feminine pastimes, and she spent most of her free time after school and on weekends participating in athletics such as track and field, basketball, volleyball, and football. Mary graduated from Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio.[3] West Main Street in downtown Lancaster in 2006 Lancaster is a city in Fairfield County, Ohio, in the United States. ... Northwest High School is a public high school in Canal Fulton, Ohio. ... Canal Fulton is a city in Stark County, Ohio, United States. ...


Dance Career

Shortly after graduating from Ohio University with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in modern dance, Mary moved to Washington, D.C. where, looking for a summer job, she answered an ad in the newspaper; a local studio was recruiting trainees to become instructors. The turning point came when the owner of the dance studio invited her to attend the United States Ballroom Championships in New York City. At that moment Mary realized that ballroom dancing was more than just job for her - she no longer felt the desire to spend the rest of her life as a modern dancer, performing alone. While continuing to teach for the studio, she sought out the best instructors in the area and began her competitive dance training. Her search for a suitable dance partner lead her across the country to Southern California. Although the partnership ultimately did not prove to be viable, she decided to make California her home. Ohio University (OU) is a public university located in Athens, Ohio that is situated on a 1,800 acre (7. ... Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - D.C. Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Ballroom Achievements

In April 1990, Mary opened the doors to Champion Ballroom Academy in the heart of downtown San Diego. Her vision, partly driven by her own needs as a competitor in training, was to provide the very best facility for competitive dance education, while at the same time creating a school where students and teachers alike would feel a sense of comfort and community as they sought to improve their dancing skills. The Champion Ballroom Academy (founded April 1990) is a dance studio in San Diego, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin...


Over the course of time, the strains of commuting to Europe representing Austria as national champion with Manfred Stiglitz took their toll, and Mary was put under pressure to leave her studio and life in California behind and move to England. Ultimately the distance proved too great an obstacle for the partnership to overcome, and despite the promise of placing in the top six in the world, they were forced to part ways. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total...


Although the partnership with Manfred was at an end, Mary's competitive career was far from over. During the five years following the breakup, she went on to build an impressive list of accomplishments with various partners including the Southwest Regional Dance Tournament, the Saint Louis Star Ball, and the International Grand Ball. With partner Bill Milner, Mary made the U.S. Open Standard final in an unprecedented six months' time. Finally, in 1996, Mary Murphy and partner Jim Desmond made the final of the U.S. Open American Smooth and won the U.S. Open American Nine Dance.[4] The United States national professional ballroom dance champions are crowned at the United States Dance Sport Championships (formerly USBC), as recognized by the the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and the World Dance & DanceSport Council (WD&DSC). ...


Mary immediately retired from competition and shifted her focus toward her ballroom dance academy. Mary feels comfortable with her decision to retire, and feels extremely fulfilled managing her business and watching her studio blossom.


Present Day

So You Think You Can Dance judging panel, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty

Aside from training countless junior and adult champions, Mary has also done her share in bringing ballroom to the screen, acting as a dance double for Julia Roberts in the movie Something to Talk About, appearing in Dance With Me, starring Vanessa L. Williams, and most recently being a judge and choreographer on the Fox television series "So You Think You Can Dance." Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... So You Think You Can Dance judging panel, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949 in the Wirral) is an English television and film director and producer. ... Dan Karaty is an American hip hop dance choreographer, who has created routines for major performers such as Jessica Simpson and NSync. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American film actress and former fashion model. ... Something to Talk About is a 1995 film by Lasse Hallström, written by Callie Khouri. ... Dance With Me is a 1998 comedy on love and dance directed by Randa Haines and starring Vanessa L. Williams and Puerto Rican singer Chayanne. ... Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is a Grammy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-nominated and Tony Award-nominated American R&B/pop/theatrical singer and actress Williams made history in 1983 when she became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America. ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network, on Fox Japan, on CTV in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland and on Network Ten in Australia. ...


Currently, Mary runs her dance studio, the Champion Ballroom Academy, and organizes a successful dance competition, the Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas. She frequently serves as a judge in some of ballroom's most reputable competitions, including the U.S. National Ballroom Championships, and can still be found on Champion Ballroom Academy's expansive floor passing on her enthusiasm and love of dance to her students.


So You Think You Can Dance?

While in Hollywood being screen tested as a judge for the first season of Dancing with the Stars, an opportunity to meet with the producers of another new dance show was presented to Mary in early 2005. Ultimately, Mary was offered a slot on rotation as a judge and choreographer for the Fox summer series So You Think You Can Dance. Mary returned for season 2 in 2006, and spent noticeably more time at the judging table than season 1. Fans of the show developed a love/hate relationship with her emotional commentary and vocal antics; eventually Mary earned herself the name “Queen of Scream.” On March 8, 2007, TV Guide reported that Mary would be joining executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe permanently at the judging table for season 3, airing Wednesdays and Thursdays of Summer 2007.[5] For the upcoming season, see Dancing with the Stars (US season 5). ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition airing on the FOX network. ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition airing on the FOX network. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... So You Think You Can Dance judging panel, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Dan Karaty Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949 in the Wirral) is an English television and film director and producer. ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition airing on the FOX network. ...


Mary's Chance to Dance

In 2006, Mary partnered with a local San Diego-area school district to offer dancing as a regular part of their curriculum.[6] The goal of the "Chance to Dance" program is to provide children with dance classes, which results in exercise and an exposure to culture and arts; many of these children come from families that can not afford dance lessons. Mary has volunteered her time and dance studio space to train the grammar school teachers in this district, who in turn, teach the children dances such as merengue, foxtrot, and swing in their classrooms. This program is in the process of obtaining non-profit 501(c)(3) status, in order to accept donations and scholarships. For now, the program is serving a segment of San Diego, but the goal aims to help children nation-wide. Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Merengue is a dance originating in the Dominican Republic (East Hispaniola). ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Swing Dancing The term swing dance is commonly used to refer either to a group of dances developing in response to swing music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, or to lindy hop, a popular partner dance today. ... 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ...


Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007 Heritage Dance Classic[7]
  • Nominee, Favorite Judge, The 2006 Reality Remix Awards[8]
  • U.S. National Professional 9-Dance Champion, 1996 United States Ballroom Dance Championships
  • Austrian National 10-dance and Ballroom Champion, Representatives at the World Championships[9]

The United States national professional ballroom dance champions are crowned at the United States Dance Sport Championships (formerly USBC), as recognized by the the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and the World Dance & DanceSport Council (WD&DSC). ...

See Also

So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network, on Fox Japan, on CTV in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland and on Network Ten in Australia. ... The Champion Ballroom Academy (founded April 1990) is a dance studio in San Diego, California. ... The United States national professional ballroom dance champions are crowned at the United States Dance Sport Championships (formerly USBC), as recognized by the the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and the World Dance & DanceSport Council (WD&DSC). ...

References

  • This article incorporates text from [1] released under the GFDL License
  1. ^ http://www.dancevision.com/instructors/mary_murphy/
  2. ^ Official biography released under GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL)
  3. ^ http://www.indeonline.com/index.php?ID=18201&r=0&Category=3
  4. ^ http://www.dancevision.com/buyers_guide/resources/past_champions/137/
  5. ^ TV Guide (March 8, 2007)
  6. ^ http://www.fcnp.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1369&Itemid=36
  7. ^ http://www.fox.com/dance/bios/s3_mary_murphy.htm
  8. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2006_Nov_1/ai_n16852778
  9. ^ http://www.poptower.com/tv/reality/so-you-think-you-can-dance/mary-murphy.htm

TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...

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NAME Mary Murphy
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Mary Ann Murphy
SHORT DESCRIPTION Ballroom dance champion and choreographer
DATE OF BIRTH 9 March
PLACE OF BIRTH Lancaster, Ohio
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

 
 

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