Andrew Murphy, Instructor
Andrew Murphy was born in Sydney, Australia. He began his dance training at the age of ten in Canberra, Australia with Betsy Sawer. He studied under the guidance of Kelvin Coe, Gary Norman, Dale Baker, and David Ashmole. He trained under the guidance of Stanly Willams, Johnny Eliasen, Jurgen Schneider, Wilhelm Bumann, Jonathan Kelly, Desmond Kelly, and Rudolf Nureyev.
In 1989 Mr. Murphy joined The Australian Ballet, was promoted to soloist in 1991, and to senior soloist in 1993. With The Australian Ballet principal roles in Maina Gielgud’s production of The Sleeping Beauty; Graeme Murphy’s production of The Nutcracker; Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon; John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew; Andre Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina; Maurice Béjart’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Le Concours; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; Sir Frederick Ashton’s A Birthday Offering; George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Tchaikovshy Pas de Deux; Ninette de Valois’ Checkmate; Mikhail Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Sinfonietta; Harald Lander’s Etudes; Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries; Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; and Stanton Welch’s Of Blessed Memory and Divergence.
Mr. Murphy created roles in Stephen Baynes’ The Catalyst and Beyond Bach. In 1996 Mr. Murphy joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet as a senior soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 1998.
Mr. Murphy continued to expand his repertoire to include principal roles in the Galina Samsova/David Bintley production of Giselle; Peter Wright's productions of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, and The Sleeping Beauty; Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, Elite Syncopations, and Song of the Earth; David Bintley's Edward II, Far From The Madding Crowd, Hobson's Choice, Arthur part I and part II, Choros, Concert Fantasy, Flowers of the Forest, and Tombeaux; Sir Frederick Ashton's Enigma Variations, Les Patineurs, Scenes de Ballet, Symphonic Variation, Voices of Spring, The Dream, and The Two Pigeons; George Balanchine's Agon, The Four Temperaments, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Orpheus, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; Hans van Manen's Grosse Fuge and Five Tangos; and Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room.
Mr. Murphy created the role of Lancelot in David Bintley’s Arthur 1 and Arthur 2, Romeo in Shakespeare Suite, the autumn section of The Seasons, principal roles in Nutcracker Sweeties and The Protecting Veil; James Kudelka’s Le Baiser de la Fee; Lila York’s Sanctum; and Stanton Welch’s Powder.
In 2003 Mr. Murphy joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer and continued to expand his repertoire to include principal roles in Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker and Four Last Songs; Stanton Welch’s Pecos Bill; George Balanchine’s Apollo, La Valse, and Theme and Variations; and Lila York’s Celts. Mr. Murphy has created principal roles in Natalie Weir’s The Host; and Stanton Welch’s Big Sky and Cline Time.
Mr. Murphy has appeared as a guest artist in galas around the world and has received the Vasiliev Award of Encouragement at the International Ballet Competition in China. Since his retirement in 2007, Mr. Murphy has been guest performing, guest teaching and is presently instructing at the Ben Stevenson Houston Ballet Academy.