Star: Dr. Mary Murdoch
Mary was born and raised in Medford. She worked in Los Angeles as a dancer in her 20s and then moved to Seattle for medical school and pediatrics residency. The dancing happened over 20 years ago, so she is interested in how this will all play out. She will give it her best shot. Mary met her fabulous husband at Microsoft and lured him to sunny Medford where he helps keep her from destroying her desktop. They have two boys who are polite and funny. Mary would like to take credit for this, but knows better.
Mary is honored to be able to care for children throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California with her strong team of partners and staff at Southern Oregon Pediatrics. She is humbled by the numerous hard-working individuals and organizations in Medford, such as Sparrow Clubs, which are devoted to helping others. She is thrilled to join them now—both in supporting Sparrows’ families and teaching children the joy of giving.
Partner / Instructor: Payne Smith
Payne started dancing 5 years ago because he thought it sounded fun. He did start with a bang: 6 classes a week until the school closed two weeks later. Since then, Payne has been taking classes on and off again, usually during winter and spring terms at SOU. However, despite not focusing his performing life around dance, Payne managed to gain experience in many different forms, such as ballet, belly dancing and tap. He enjoys dance and loves the beauty it brings to the art of theatre.