Born in Hull, Jenny Murphy trained at the Royal Ballet School joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2001. She has performed a broad repertory, nationally and internationally, including the classics, 20th century works and new pieces by leading 21st Century choreographers. Throughout her dancing career, Jenny also choreographed several pieces that were performed by company dancers.
In the summer of 2006 Jenny achieved the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma through the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2007, at the University of Birmingham, she graduated with a MA degree, and continued studying for an MPhil Research degree in Dance, which was completed in 2013.
She has also completed the ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ course and is qualified as a Postural Stability Instructor to deliver falls prevention classes to those who may be vulnerable.
In 2007, Jenny retired from full time dancing and joined Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Learning Department. Throughout her time with the department Jenny delivered on many creative, technique and repertoire workshops/ projects in education and community contexts throughout the UK and touring venues nationally and internationally. Some of the most notable being the Birmingham Royal Ballet ‘Dreams’ projects, where local auditioned participants perform BRB’s productions. To date this includes, David Bintley’s Cinderella (2017), Sleeping Beauty (2018) and Swan Lake (2020).
In 2013 Jenny became a freelance dance artist alongside bringing up her two young children. She continues to work with all ages and abilities to make ballet and its repertoire accessible often with a strong emphasis on teacher training and development. She also offer one to one coaching sessions across all ages and abilities. Her work has included; Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet School as an Associate teacher and as an Inspire tutor, The Royal Opera House, DanceXchange, Royal Academy of Dance, English National Ballet, Centre for Advance Training and Aesop.
Jenny has taught for DanceXchange, mainly the adult advanced ballet classes, since 2006. She has also previously taught on the CAT programme. However this will be the first Zoom class she has delivered for DanceXchange!
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