Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen has been dancing since she was a wee girl. Originally from Scotland, she started out at her dance school learning tap, disco, majorettes, ceilidh, Irish dancing, musical theatre, and street dance.  From 16 years old, she became serious about contemporary dance and began training with YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), touring Scotland with productions including Tam O’Shanter and Project Y, and performed in the Commonwealth Games 2010 Closing Ceremony in Delhi, India.  After studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2012, Kathleen discovered swing dancing in London.  Since 2012, Kathleen has danced and placed in competitions with troupes including The Skyliners and The Dixie Dinahs, and placed as a follow in UK competitions at The London Jitterbug Championships, JATs and London Throwdown.  As a passionate teacher, she has taught for Swing Patrol London since 2014.  With a particular joy for working with young people, Kathleen has worked on international projects with Epic Arts, Cambodia (2015), teaching swing to dancers with hearing impediments and disabilities, and with charity Sing Inchanga, South Africa (2016), teaching swing dancing to children in schools across townships in the region of Kwazulu Natal.  Kathleen regularly teaches at swing festivals across the UK and Europe, and has most recently taught at Harbour Hop 2019 in Rotterdam, and Durham Summer Swing 2019.  If you keep your eyes peeled and are a fan of Marvel movies, you can even spot Kathleen swing dancing in the movie ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.