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Meet Danielle McCabe and Sharon Parillo of MAry Flynn Murphy Dance Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle McCabe and Sharon Parillo.

Danielle and Sharon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio was opened in the 1950s by Mary Murphy. Her first studio was located in Teele Square. Mary was a long time resident of Somerville, where she lived with her husband, Edward and four daughters. She owned and operated the dance studio until 2000 when she retired, passing the business onto her daughter, Sharon Parillo.

Sharon is presently the owner and director of the studio which is now located on Broadway in Somerville. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sharon shares her love of dance and tries to maintain the excellence her mother strived for. Presently the studio is home to a new generation of dancers. Many mothers and grandmothers now bring their little ones to classes here, including Mary’s Great grand-daughter, who will be performing in our annual dance recital for the first time.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The studios biggest loss was the passing of Mary Murphy in 2014. This loss affected many young dancers and family in and around Somerville. Mary was very well loved and respected among the dance community.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio offers dance classes for children ages 18 months thru seniors in high school. We teach ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, contemporary, and a specialized preschool program.

We are very proud that we can offer our students highly qualified teachers in all subjects. We offer both recreational level classes as well as competition classes to satisfy the needs of all our dancers. Several of our dancers from both level enter our school as a tiny tot and leave as a graduating senior. Many of our dancers refer to the studio as their dance home and our faculty and classmates as their dance family.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up we lived in the dance studio. It became a second home and a second family. While we had other interests such as figure skating, cheerleading, soccer, and art, dance was always our first love.

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