Dancer Murray McCormack sees herself … everywhere


Kaylee Jellum, Gazebo Staff Writer

Murray McCormack thinks it’s a little weird having her face on a poster all over town.

She said she believes people will see it.

“Since they know me, they will be more likely to go,” she said. “I think it’s good.”

Rock and ballet. Two genres of music which are typically never in the same performance. However, these two genres are combined in the show “Rock the Ballet” the Stratford junior is participating on Saturday, March 18 at the Douglass Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

The hype for the show has swept Macon off of its dancing feet.

“There are some that  are hardcore classical ballet and there are some that dance to classic rock, so they are more like Jazz dances,” McCormack said.

She mentioned some songs and artists who will be in it, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, the Beatles, and “Sweet Child of Mine.” “There is also some rock band playing in the show,” she said.

The Middle Georgia Youth Ballet, who she dances with every Friday outside of her regular dance practices, ranks their dancers.

“They already knew us,” McCormack said. “They just cast you. You don’t get any say.”

“I have had five-hour practices, and pretty much every day, I’m dancing. My feet hurt all the time,” McCormack said.

The company started casting late this year, so to make up for the lost time, they have had to fit in more practices.

McCormack will be performing in a variation of “Pharaoh’s Daughter,” “a Pas de Deux” (with her partner Christopher Crawford, senior at Central High School), “Here Comes the Sun,” “Waltz of the Hours,” and “Clair de Lune.” Outside of this show, McCormack has been in the Nutcracker nine times, many Middle Georgia Youth Ballet shows, a Miami City Ballet production, and has been to a New York ballet session.

Murray has family at Stratford. Her grandmother, Mrs. Elaine Murray, is the director of library and information service at Stratford.

McCormack has been dancing for 14 years. She started when she was a toddler, going to “Mommy and Me” ballet classes while her mother was pregnant with her little brother. Although she did not learn much when she was little, she loved dancing and stuck with it.

Around age 8, McCormack’s mother said that was when she began getting serious with ballet. But for McCormack herself, her trip to New York City was when she knew ballet was her passion.