Murphy began ballet and tap classes with the lovely Beverly Miller at her School of Dance in Alice, Texas. By kindness of Murphy’s Mother, she had a third class each week in Corpus Christi with Ella Elsie for more ballet technique instruction. Before becoming a teen she spent 2 summers at American Dance Camp in Gulfport Mississippi where she had the privilege of training with Alexandria Doniliva, Sallie Wilson, Patricia Neary, Matt Mattox and others.
At age 13, she attended High School at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. There she continued training 4 – 6 hours a day and discovered another passion when she began teaching dance to the staff’s children. She trained in classical ballet technique and pointe work, as well as modern dance techniques – Humphrey-Weidman, Jose’ Limon, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. 2 summers she danced intensively in New York City, taking classes at the above mentioned modern dance companies, as well as with Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. The final summer intensive of her High School years was spent in Cannes, France at Rosella Hightower’s Ecole De Danse studying with Rosella, Maurice Bejart and others.
Murphy spent 1 summer and 1 year in ballet and modern dance major classes at Oklahoma University studying with Miguel Terekhov and Yvonne Chouteau and others.
Living in Cleveland Ohio for 12 years, she danced professionally with Cleveland Ballet, was a principal dancer with New Dance Ensemble, and a soloist with Phenix Repertory Dance Theatre. Throughout, she continued her love for teaching children at Lorain County Community College and Elyria YMCA, developing and directing ballet, modern and jazz dance programs.
From 1992-2000 she founded and directed Black Forest Dance and from 2005-2013 she worked for Colorado Springs Ballet Society. Both in Colorado Springs, where she taught, choreographed, rehearsed and produced extensively in classical and contemporary ballet, jazz and modern dance.