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Jenny Murphy – Stability & Injury Prevention Specialist

Where did your passion for dance come from?

As a child I could never sit still and was always on the go, so when one of my friends started ballet I went along too and the rest is history.

What is your greatest dancing moment?

My greatest moment was in my final year of training at the Royal Ballet School, where I performed a pas de deux on the Royal Opera House stage for my graduation performance. It was the excitement of dancing on such a famous stage and having over 2500 people watching!

What motivates you to get up and train on cold wet mornings?

Ballet is a very disciplined art form and nothing is ever perfect, there’s always something to improve on – so I guess it was trying to reach perfection all the time!

When did you first put in extra training – what made you?

I attended a local ballet school in Hull from about 5 years old and decided to audition for White Lodge (The Royal Ballet School) at the age of 10. I knew the chances of getting a place were slim and the competition was extremely high as children audition from all around the world, however I still gave it ago. I was successful at the final audition and had gained a place to train vocationally. Therefore I left home to start White lodge instead of my normal secondary school in Hull and that was the start of my full time training until I was 19.

If you didn't dance at top level, what would you have done instead?

As a child I took over my dad’s newly built shed he had originally planned for all his tools, to make my very own schoolhouse, so perhaps I might have been a primary school teacher!

Who are your sporting idols? – why?

I had several dancing idols each who had very different qualities – Viviana Durante, Darcey Bussell and Sarah Wildor.

What is the toughest thing about dancing at international level?

Where do I start! I think one of the toughest things about being a professional ballet dancer is the dedication and sheer hard work needed to maintain your peak fitness. The other thing is dealing with disappointment, as casting decisions are often out of your control and you may never get to dance the roles of your dreams.

What is the best thing about dancing at international level?

It’s an amazing feeling to perform for an audience who really appreciate what they are seeing. Additionally it’s a privilege to be a part of a top international performing company, and tour with close friends around the world, especially New York for the shopping!!

What do you do to relax after a tough show?

Go out with friends to wind down and then home to sleep!

What would you like to achieve with all your experience in the future?

At the moment I’m loving being a mum for the first time as it is not something that is easy to do when you are a professional dancer! However I would like to pass on my experience and knowledge to others in whatever field that may be.

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