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Height: 5' 8"
Birth Name: Mary Ann Murphy
Date Of Birth: Mar 09, 1958 (62 years)
Nickname: Queen of Scream
Place of Birth: Lancaster, Ohio, USA
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Mary Murphy was born in Lancaster, Ohio, the only daughter in a familyof four children. Her father worked as an elementary school teacher andher mother, originally from Ireland, remained at home, looking afterthe family. Life with three brothers led Mary to see herself not as theonly daughter in the Murphy household, but as the fourth brother.Keeping up with her siblings left Mary with little affinity fortypically feminine pastimes, and she spent most of her free time afterschool and on weekends participating in athletics such as track andfield, basketball, volleyball, and football.After high school, Mary went to Ohio University for the express purposeof graduating with a degree in Physical Education. In addition to herBachelor's Degree in physical education, Mary, having developed a loveof modern dance over the course of her college education, also minoredin modern dance. With no idea she had a professional ballroom dancecareer ahead of her, Mary saw herself using the combined benefits ofher degrees to pursue a career as a specialist in physical educationfor children with learning disabilities, helping them to connect themind and the body through repetitive movement and creative dance.Shortly after graduating, Mary moved to Washington, DC, where, lookingfor a summer job, she answered an ad in the newspaper; a local studiowas recruiting trainees to become instructors. Although her backgroundin modern dance allowed her to transition from trainee to instructor inonly a week's time, the studio's limited resources and basic socialdancing did not make a favorable first impression on Mary, leaving herfeeling dispassionately about ballroom dancing and with no belief thather future would lie therein.The turning point came when the owner of the dance studio invited her toattend the United States Ballroom Championships in New York City. Uponentering the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, Mary's senses wereoverwhelmed. As she watched the couples whirling across the floor,their bodies seamlessly executing complicated patterns in perfectsynchronization, their elegant movements in harmony with the music, itdawned on her that ballroom dancing was much more than what she hadbeen exposed to in the small studio in Washington, DC, more than theblinding glitter and glamor of the fancy dresses and tail suits -- thiswas a sport in the truest sense of the word, and the athleticism, thesheer artistry of the dancers was astounding. At that moment Maryrealized that ballroom dancing was more than just job for her -- she nolonger felt the desire to spend the rest of her life as a moderndancer, performing alone.Mary returned to Washington, DC, determined to become part of the magicshe had witnessed, and immediately launched herself into the world ofcompetitive ballroom dance, never looking back. While continuing toteach for the studio, she sought out the best instructors in the areaand began her competitive dance training.After only a year in Washington, familial circumstances demanded thatMary move back to Ohio, and she found herself in a small town with nodance studio an hour and a half outside of Columbus. Mary made thedrive to Columbus daily, where she intensified her training in theAmerican Rhythm, American Smooth, and International Latin styles ofdance.As Mary's dancing improved, she focused more on the InternationalStandard style of dance and began searching for a partner with whichshe would be able to compete. Her search for a suitable dance partnerlead her across the country to Southern California. Although thepartnership ultimately did not prove to be viable, she decided to makeCalifornia her home.Mary resumed work as a dance instructor in San Diego, but remaineddedicated to finding a competitive dance partner who would help herrealize her goals -- to make the national final in any given category.That year Mary went to Blackpool, England for the UK Open Championships,where she met Manfred Siglitz and her search for a partner finallyreached its end. After a precursory tryout the pair agreed that, thoughseparated by a not inconsiderable distance, Mary living in Californiaand Manfred in England, they would immediately form a partnership andcompete in International Ten Dance. Mary and Manfred spent the next twoyears commuting between Manfred's home in England and Mary's home inCalifornia, and touring the world in competition. The couple becameAustrian National Champions in 1990 and 1991 and enjoyed considerablesuccess, representing Austria in the World Championships, and makingthe World Cup final.In April of 1990, Mary opened the doors to Champion Ballroom Academy inthe heart of downtown San Diego. Her vision, partly driven by her ownneeds as a competitor in training, was to provide the very bestfacility for competitive dance education, while at the same timecreating a school where students and teachers alike would feel a senseof comfort and community as they sought to improve their dancingskills.Over the course of time, the strains of commuting took their toll, andMary was put under pressure to leave her studio and life in Californiabehind and move to England. Ultimately, the distance proved too greatan obstacle for the partnership to overcome, and despite the promise ofplacing in the top six in the world, they were forced to part ways.Although the partnership with Manfred was at an end, Mary's competitivecareer was long from over. During the five years following the breakup,she went on to build an impressive list of accomplishments with variouspartners including the Southwest Regional Dance Tournament, the SaintLouis Star Ball, and the International Grand Ball. With partner BillMilner Mary made the U.S. Open Standard final in an unprecedented sixmonths' time. Finally, in 1996, Mary Murphy and partner Jim Desmondmade the final of the U.S. Open American Smooth and won the U.S. OpenAmerican Nine Dance.Her competitive goals realized many times over, Mary immediately retiredfrom competition and shifted her focus toward her ballroom, devotingherself to bringing the joys of dance to all of her students and tothose in the community who have not yet discovered the intoxicating,liberating feeling one gets when one steps out onto the dance floor.Mary feels comfortable with her decision to retire, and feels extremelyfulfilled managing her business and watching her studio blossom.Not one to lose herself entirely to the necessary details of managing aballroom, Mary's desire to share her love for the art and sport ofdance with others has led her to remain active as an instructor,coaching and choreographing for many U.S. Amateur and Junior Champions.Mary has also done her share in bringing ballroom to the screen, actingas a dance double for 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv) in the movie_Something to Talk About (1995)_ (qv), appearing in_Dance with Me (1998)_ (qv), starring 'Vanessa Williams (VII)' (qv),and most recently was part of the Fox television series,_"So You Think You Can Dance" (2005)_ (qv), as a judge andchoreographer.Also, Mary is a partner in and organizer one of the largest U.S. dancecompetitions, The Holiday Dance Classic, held in Las Vegas eachDecember. She frequently serves as a judge in some of ballroom's mostreputable competitions, including the U.S. National BallroomChampionships, and can still be found on Champion Ballroom Academy'sexpansive floor passing on her infectious enthusiasm and unsurpassablelove of dance to her students. moreless


Mary Murphy (2) in So You Think You Can Dance: Season 16, Episode 15 | TVBuzer

So You Think You Can Dance: Season 16, Episode 15

Aired: Sep 16, 2019

One last time, the final 4 dancers show the judges and the country what they've got before the winner is crowned.... more


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