Murphy's pregnancy announcement has us jumping for joy. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy ABT

8 Reasons Why Gillian Murphy Will Be the Coolest Mom

Congratulations are in order for American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy and her husband, former ABT dancer Ethan Stiefel, who are expecting their first child next June!

Murphy announced her pregnancy today on Instagram:

She will not be dancing in the company's upcoming tour or the 2019 Metropolitan Opera House season, but plans to return to the stage next fall.

We have no doubt that Murphy will be the ultimate cool mom. Here's why:


She's already an experienced Aunt. 

Teaching your nephew to fish dive makes you a cool aunt, we think.

She has the sweetest BFF. 

We can only imagine what an amazing aunt/Godmother fellow ABT principal Stella Abrera will be.

She's an Ivy Leaguer.

Well, kinda. Murphy is participating in the first-ever Harvard Business School Crossover Into Business program, along with some of her ABT colleagues.

And a movie star.

Okay, Dad may have had a slightly bigger role in Center Stage, but let us not forget Murphy's brief appearance in the classic dance film.


Congrats, Gillian and Ethan!

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To honor Ginsburg, Dance Magazine asked three dance artists whose performances the justice attended to recall what Ginsburg meant to them.

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