Mary Murphy Returning to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE


Great news, SYTYCD fans! World-class dancer and choreographer Mary Murphy will return to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE as one of the series’ resident judges. Murphy will sit alongside Nigel Lythgoe and draw upon her expertise to critique and praise the dancers throughout the competition.

Lythgoe had this to say about the news:

“I am delighted to have Mary back on the show. Her expertise in dance, coupled with her warmth, compassion and humor, make her an excellent judge and fun to work with.”

Murphy herself had this to say:

“I am thrilled and already dancing in my seat to be back as a permanent judge this season, which I’m sure will be the best ever.”

Canal Fulton, OH, native Mary Murphy is a world-class technical dance instructor and founder of the Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, CA. Her film credits include Dance with Me and Killer Movie. Additionally, Murphy appeared as Julia Roberts’ body double in Something To Talk About. The long list of stars she has coached in dance includes Dennis Quaid, Mary Steenburgen and Donnie Wahlberg. Murphy and her dance partners have won the Austrian National Championships and the U. S. Nine Dance Championships, and claim an impressive list of top finishes at competitions around the world. In 2007, she was awarded Best Host/Judge at the Reality TV Awards. Beyond her work in Hollywood, Murphy continues to be one of the hardest-working women in dance; she serves as a judge at major ballroom dance competitions across the U. S., including The Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas.

In preparation for the new season, So You Think You Can Dance producers are traveling across the country in search of dancers who represent the best of America. The series continues its search for America’s Favorite Dancer at the following locations:

Wedndesay Feb, 2
Location: The Jeanne Wagner Theater
Salt Lake City, UT
138 W. Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Friday, Feb. 25
Location: Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tuesday, March 1
Location: McGlohon Theatre
301 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Those who shine during auditions are given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance. Note that venue information may change at any time. For the latest information on venues and rules log on to

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