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Dancing the night away

Members of the Junior 2 Dance Team from the Shining Fame Dance Studio strike a pose Thursday afternoon at their studio in the Northland Mall. Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Grab your dancing shoes or perfect your applause — the second spring dance recital of Robyn (Morrow) Murphy’s 130 Shining Fame Performance (SFP) students takes place at 7:30 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

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“It’s actually our third recital overall, because we had a show last December, too,” explained Murphy, owner/instructor of SFP, which she opened locally in the fall of 2012.

“The students work really hard all year to learn the dances and improve their skills, so this is a really nice time to show off everything they’ve learned in practice.”

Murphy, a 2002 graduate of Worthington High School and the daughter of Micheal and Lori Morrow of Worthington, returned to the Worthington area about two years ago after having lived in South Dakota for roughly 10 years.

“When I lived in Sioux Falls (for seven years), I took dance classes, taught at a dance studio, coached at a competitive private studio and also coached a high school dance team,” said Murphy, who studied dance herself from age 6 through high school.

After a move to a different South Dakota community, Murphy coached a high school dance team and opened her first dance studio.

SFP dancers hail from Worthington, but also from Adrian, Fulda, Round Lake, Brewster, Slayton, Heron Lake and other surrounding towns, according to Murphy.

“I have students from age two to adult, and I teach ballet, tap, hip-hop, Pom, contemporary and a toddler class for the two-year-olds,” Murphy noted.

“There’s also a competitive dance team, and the dance recital is a mixture of all the dance styles put together.”

Now married to another Worthington native, Brandon Murphy, and the stepmother to his three children, Murphy said her husband and father assisted her greatly in setting up her existing studio in the Northland Mall.

“My husband has helped me a lot with the studio, and he’s involved in all the ways that he can be,” she shared, adding that her two step-sons are in her all-boys’ hip-hop class and her step-daughter is on the competition dance team, as well as being a student in regular SFP dance classes.

A special feature at this weekend’s dance recital will come in the form of a tap dance performed by Murphy along with her two younger sisters, Shelly (now of Los Angeles, Calif.) and Janna (a current Minneapolis resident).

“Our parents put us all in dance when we were young, and we just really loved it,” affirmed Murphy. “It’s kind of my thing, and just always has been.”

Murphy says she finds being a dance instructor rewarding, because the progress her students make is easily seen.

“You can really see the progression, watching them work week after week,” said Murphy.

“It’s nice to hear kids say, ‘When I get older, I want to be a dance teacher, too,’” she added. “I tell them, ‘Good, because by then I’ll be too old and you can take over.’”

Shining Fame Performance spring recitals are today at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 714 13th St., Worthington. Advance tickets for Saturday’s show may be purchased yet today via the studio’s website,; tickets for both shows may be purchased at the door prior to each performance. For more information, visit