Linda Rose Murphy
"Hello Everyone. Allow me to share a little about myself for the Fitness Atlantic website. I hope you like my story!
I've always loved the performing arts. I was only three years old when I took my first ballet class. I continued to dance throughout my youth and along side of my typical four dance classes a week, I was the president of my school chorus, head cheerleader and choreographer for the Drama Club. In my "free" time I coached all 4 levels of my town's junior cheerleading squads. I also stared in a few local shows. My favorite role being "The Artful Dodger" from the show "Oliver!"
Upon graduating from high school, I joined a small dance company that specialized in Tap, Jazz and Lyrical Dancing. Although most of it was local, we had the opportunity to perform often. While I wasn't dancing, I was studying to earn my Associates Degree. To make money, I choreographed some local theatre company productions such as "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Jesus Christ Superstar"
In 1995, I had to make a choice. I had earned my Associates Degree and now it was time to move on and get serious with my studies. I remember being at a college fair, torn between two tables. One, a practical school that would prep me and provide me with a diploma worthy of earning a steady, reliable income. The other, Emerson College, where I could study theatre and dance, my passions. Having lost both my parents just a few years earlier I didn't feel I had the luxury of choosing something like the Arts. What if I failed? How would I make money? What would I have to fall back on? I chose what was reliable. I quit dancing and focused all my energy on school, and after that, on work.
Fast forward to seven years later. Not one dance lesson or musical production in all that time. I was working in the cold, whitewashed world of Corporate America. I was BORED. I felt like I had missed my chance to pursue my dreams of performing. I had no outlet to express my creativity, if I still had any of it, which at that point in my life I wasn't so sure. It was a side of me that was dormant for so long that I was afraid I had lost it. Then, I met bodybuilder and writer Ron Harris.
This year I intend on turning the goal I set for myself that night into a reality. I'm currently training with Cathy Savage, who, in my opinion, is the best fitness coach in the country! I've got a killer routine ready, coupled with an amazingly brilliant music track my husband mixed, and am working hard at getting my physique to where it needs to be. Mostly, I just can't wait to get on that stage! It doesn't matter how well I do, or even if I place. The most important thing is that I found my passion again and I love each and every second of my life!
My first competition this year will be the Fitness Atlantic in April, followed by the NPC New England Regional on May 2nd, followed after that by FAME Pittsburgh and then FAME Canada after. It's going to be a busy first season, and an expensive one. If any of you out there would like a signed 8x10 of me with a hand-written greeting to you, please know I do need any support you might be able to send me. Wish me luck!!
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