Canal Fulton, OH, native 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.” 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 Mary frequently travels to countries like 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’s involved with the American Cancer Society, Mary Murphy’s Chance to Dance program, Soldiers Who Salsa and recently guest-starred in the Broadway production of “Burn The Floor.”