On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of colorful, innovative leotards—many designed and hand-sewn by principal dancer Elizabeth Murphy. Murphy didn’t grow up sewing. In fact, she didn’t even know how to run a sewing machine until she was 18. She didn’t want to … More »
Christmas came early this year for Elizabeth Murphy. Last Friday, the Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer made her debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the company premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. But the excitement didn’t stop there. Just before the curtain rose, she was promoted to principal. For Pointe‘s bi-weekly newsletter, we caught up with … More »
Two years ago, Elizabeth Murphy was in the corps of Pacific Northwest Ballet (check out Dance Magazine’s feature of Murphy in August 2013) and sewing leotards for her friends as a hobby. Today, Murphy’s dance career has taken leaps and bounds—both onstage in principal roles and into the soloist ranks—and now she is jetéing into the world of commercial design. This summer, Murphy released her first line of leotards on Etsy.com.