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Permanent Judge on "So You Think You Can Dance;" Ballroom Expert; Thyroid Cancer Survivor

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Mary Murphy was born in Lancaster, Ohio, the only daughter in an Irish family of four children. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"I love being here at the studio every day - the studio is my life, it's so much a part of me - the building of this and making the studio grow. I can't imagine doing anything else."

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."

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.

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Mary Murphy

Permanent Judge on "So You Think You Can Dance;" Ballroom Expert; Thyroid Cancer Survivor

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Mary Murphy was born in Lancaster, Ohio, the only daughter in an Irish family of four children. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"I love being here at the studio every day - the studio is my life, it's so much a part of me - the building of this and making the studio grow. I can't imagine doing anything else."

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."

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.

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  • How to book Mary Murphy?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mary Murphy for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mary Murphy, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mary Murphy or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mary Murphy?

    Booking fees for Mary Murphy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mary Murphy, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mary Murphy?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mary Murphy for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mary Murphy for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mary Murphy or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mary Murphy or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mary Murphy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mary Murphy for your event is available upon request. Mary Murphy generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cheryl Burke, Tarek El Moussa, Alan Bersten, Kyle Hanagami and Emily James. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mary Murphy for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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