I started training in Classical Ballet at the age of five with Kay Goddard, and soon joined additional classes in Tap, Modern and Drama. I successfully passed all my dance exams with the RAD, and ISTD with Distinction or Honours and competed at local dance festivals and competitions where I won many places and trophies. I gained a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dancing Summer School and at eleven I was selected to train within the Suffolk Ballet Scholarship Scheme with Suffolk County Council and Dance East, through annual auditions I remained a scholar until I left for Dance College at the age of 18.
I trained at The Centre, Performing Arts College, I was the first student to complete the course as an accelerated student - completing the three year course in two years. I gained my ISTD Advanced 2 certificates in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern as well as my teaching certificates (ISTD Associates) in all three disciplines - passing all with Distinction (A Grade of 95% and above)
Upon leaving college I have gained my Associate Teaching Certificate in ISTD Disco Freestyle and ISTD Street Dance. I am now a Licentiate member of the ISTD and hold the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). I am a registered teacher of with the Street Dance specialists UDO, a member of Acrobatic Arts, an Associate of the IDTA and hold the BGU Level 1&2 Certificate for Cheerleading . I am a licensed instructor in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Strong by Zumba and Zumbini.
I founded the Erin-Lea Murphy School of Dance in September 2003. Since then the school has expanded to offer Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Disco Freestyle, Street Dance, Cheerleading, Acro, Musical Theatre, Singing and Drama. Students are offered the chance to take examinations with the ISTD, IDTA, Acrobatic Arts, UDO, LAMDA, Trinity and ABRSM as well as grading with British Gymnastics and USASF / IASF.
We have regular shows and showcases as well as performing at local events and compete at regional and national festivals and competitions.
I offer pre-school classes in Ballet, "Mini Movers" and a "Dance With Me" style class for 18months+ with our Zumbini programme.
I have also created a specially designed programme for children and adults with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities with "Every Body Dance Now" - I truly believe that dance is for all ages and all abilities.
I am the person you will get at the end of the phone when enquiring about any of the various activities we run and you will receive emails and information from me. I help Erin to promote and organise our weekly sessions as well as the extra activities, such as examinations, performances, competitions and school holiday activity days.
I'm a fitness coach, with my Level Three Certificate in Personal Training, Fitness and Exercise and Sports Massage. I am also a qualified Close Protection Officer and worked for many years with celebrities in the music industry. I have extensive management experience and I'm a combat veteran with an exemplary military record. My company IRON MIGHTY works alongside the Suffolk All Stars providing the dancers and athletes with specialised training and guidance to nurture the progression from child, to teen to adult in a healthy and positive way that gets the most out of the individual and help them reach their full potential - as well as helping them have a long, injury-free future in their chosen sport.