Beginning Jumps for Young Students
Andrew Murphy – Houston Ballet School

Beginning Jumps for Young Students

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Andrew Murphy, former Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet, shares various beginner jump exercises that help students develop correct placement.

Andrew Murphy was born in Sydney Australia. He began his dance training at the age of ten in Canberra, Australia with Betsy Sawer. Mr. Murphy also studied under the guidance of Kelvin Coe, Gary Norman, Dale Baker, and David Ashmole, Stanly Willams, Johnny Eliasen, Jurgen Schneider, Wilhelm Bumann, Jonathan Kelly, Desmond Kelly, and Rodolf Nureyev. In 1989 Mr. Murphy joined The Australian Ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 1991 and to Senior Soloist in 1993. In 1996 Mr. Murphy joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet as a senior soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 1998. In 2003 Mr. Murphy joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer. Mr. Murphy has danced principal roles in productions by Maina Gielgud,  Graeme Murphy, Rudolf Nureyev,  Sir Kenneth MacMillanJohn Cranko, Andre Prokovsky, Maurice BejartRonald Hynd, Sir Frederick AshtonGeorge Balanchine,  Jiří Kylián, Stanton Welch, David Bintley, Hans van Manen, Ben Stevenson, and Twyla Tharp. Mr. Murphy has appeared as a guest artist in galas throughout Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has also received the Vasiliev Award of Encouragement at the International Ballet Competition in China. Mr. Murphy currently serves as Principal Instructor for Houston Ballet School.


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