Gene Murray began his early dance training with Adolphe Robiecheau in Boston, Massachusetts in 1956. He then trained in New York with the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo in the 1960s under Leon Danielian and Perry Brunson. Other teachers Murray studied with include Igor Youskevitch and Tatiana Babushkina.
In additionto ballet, Murray has extensive training in tap, jazz, modern, and ballroom. He studied jazz under Peter Geunaro, and tap with Stanley Brown, June Taylor, Bill Gary, and George Foster. He has performed in multiple productions including the Arthur Murray Dance Party on the Jackie Gleason Show, the national company productions of Guys & Dolls and Brigadoon, and select performances at the North Shore Music Theater and South Shore Music Tent. He also starred in a night club act called Murray and Ayers in some of the top supper clubs in the United States.
Murray has taught at multiple teaching institutions, including Tatiana Babushkina Ballet School in Boston, Dancer’s Studio (Kenmore Square, Boston), and Salem State College. He then opened his own studio, The Gene Murray School of Dance, in Salem, Massachusetts.
After 35 years, Gene Murray closed the doors on his own studio and came to Boston Ballet School to teach open adult classes. Many of his devoted students from his studio have moved along with Murray to continue their training.
Murray has been a part of many dance teacher organizations, including Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, Maine Dance Teachers Association, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts in New York City, and Connecticut Dance Teachers.
In 2012, Murray was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the arts from Salem State University.