Q&A with Principal Dancer Elizabeth Murphy

What is one role that holds special significance for you?

Little mortal jump was the ballet that made me fall in love with contemporary works. I feel fortunate to have been pushed outside my comfort zone and discover a whole new world of dance that has continued to bless and enriched my career.

Read Elizabeth’s Dancer Bio

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Being a hard worker doesn’t mean you have to be hard on yourself. You can both love yourself and be a work in progress.

Do you have talents or passions outside of dance? 

Outside the studio, I’m passionate about spending time outdoors whether in our garden or in the forest. I also like getting to sew, when I find the time. My life’s greatest joy, though, is being a mom.

What significance does being part of PNB during the 50th Anniversary have to you?

PNB was founded with a wealth of passion, talent, and hard work. I’m reminded of all the dancers before me who held an iconic place in the dance world and inspired me as a young artist. Under careful guidance, PNB rose from humble beginnings to the world-renowned company it is today. I consider myself very fortunate to celebrate this historic milestone!

Photos by Angela Sterling & Lindsay Thomas