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Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy (born April 11, 1979) is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Early life and education
Murphy was born in Wimbledon, England and took her first ballet class at the age of three in Belgium while her father was working overseas. When she was young, the family moved to Florence, South Carolina, where she received most of her early dance training, most notably dancing the Black Swan pas de deux at age eleven. After some experience with the Columbia City Ballet, she continued her studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There, under the tutelage of the famous ballerina Melissa Hayden, Murphy danced principal roles in several of the school's ballets, including a production of The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Western Symphony, Tarantella and Theme and Variations.

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Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy featured in a Gaynor Minden commercial.

Contributed by Rachel Cox

Gillian Murphy performing with the American Ballet Theatre, dancing the role of Odette/Odile. The fouettes that she is demonstrating flawlessly is one of the hardest elements of classical ballet. The dancer performing the role of Odile typically performs 32 of the complicated turns in a sequence, often adding in extra tricks. Gillian added in several triple pirouettes.

Contributed by Rachel Cox

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