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So You Think You Can Dance: Mary Murphy On Teaching Movie Stars To Get Down [Interview]

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Frazer Harrison
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Frazer Harrison
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What a career this woman is having.  Mary Murphy is a world-class technical dance instructor and founder of the Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, CA. Her film credits include “Dance with Me,” starring Vanessa Williams, and “Killer Movie,” starring Leighton Meester, Robert Buckley and J.C. Chasez. Additionally, Murphy appeared as Julia Roberts’ body double in “Something To Talk About.”

We talk about that and so much more here:

The long list of stars she has coached in dance includes Dennis Quaid, Mary Steenburgen and Donnie Wahlberg. Murphy and her dance partners have won the Austrian National Championships and the U.S. Nine Dance Championships, and claim an impressive list of top finishes at competitions around the world.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has become a hit around the world, and Murphy frequently travels to countries such as Australia, Canada and Norway for “special guest” judging appearances on international versions of the show. In 2007, she was awarded Best Host/Judge at the Reality TV Awards.

Beyond her work in Hollywood, Murphy continues to be one of the hardest-working women in dance. She serves as a judge at major ballroom dance competitions across the U.S., including The Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas. She is involved with the American Cancer Society, Mary Murphy’s Chance to Dance program and Soldiers Who Salsa. She also recently guest-starred in the Broadway production of “Burn The Floor.”

Listen to Callahan’s candid talk with the down-to-earth Dance Teacher To The Stars, Mary Murphy:

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