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About Us

Our Arthur Murray Dance Studio Center in NYC continues the great traditions and standards of our founder Arthur Murray. Arthur Murray started teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in New York City. In 1925, he began selling branded dance lessons and launched the first franchise dance school which became Arthur Murray Dance Centers.

The business continued to expand steadily, and by 1940, Arthur Murray was a household name. Murray was considered a pioneer of social dancing, and his studios introduced new dances to the public such as the “Lambeth Walk” and “The Big Apple.” He also wrote several books and pamphlets promoting the social aspects of dance.

Today there are over 260 Arthur Murray Dance Studios in 21 countries across the globe. Arthur Murray Dance Studios continue to enjoy unprecedented popularity today and are known for unparalleled dance instruction. Our knowledgeable teachers provide quality friendly and professional ballroom dance instruction at reasonable rates.

1912

Arthur Murray started teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in NYC.

Arthur Murray started teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in NYC.

Arthur Murray starts teaching in NYC

1914

Dancing at the Castle House

Dancing at the Castle House

IN 1915 Arthur Murray learned the famous castle walk and tango

1914

The Baroness De Kuttleston

The Baroness De Kuttleston, whom Mr. Murray had met at Castle House, asked if he would be her teaching partner.

1919

Arthur and Anita

Arthur and Anita

Arthur with movie star Anita Stewart performing the “Hesitation Waltz.”

1919

Arthur Murray in 1919

Arthur Murray in 1919

In 1919, Arthur Murray was teaching dance in his spare time and had over 1000 children of various ages enrolled in his classes. These classes soon drew the attention of adults who wanted to learn to dance.

1920

Worlds first live radio broadcast of live dance music

On March 27th of  1920, Arthur Murray arranged to have music transmitted to a group of his students.

1922

Kathryn and Arthur

Kathryn and Arthur

Kathryn and Arthur met in a radio station in New Jersey during one of his broadcast dance lessons where she was an audience member.

1925

Arthur and Kathryn get married

Arthur and Kathryn get married

Arthur and Kathryn were married on April 24, 1925, and opened a dance school together.

1925

Social Dancing in the 1920’s

Social Dancing in the 1920’s

1925-1929 A pioneer of social dancing, Arthur’s early success was due in part to his involvement in the American social dance scene.

1930

Ballroom Dancing by Arthur Murray

Ballroom Dancing by Arthur Murray

Arthur Murray used all types of media to teach people how to dance. Other than personal lessons, he taught using the radio and also wrote several books and brochures on how to dance.  

1930

The Famous Footprints

The Famous Footprints

These footprints became an Arthur Murray trademark. He used them in his books and brochures to breakdown the steps to a dance

1931

1930’s Revolution

During the 1930s, the studio introduced such dances to the public as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. It was the Big Apple that turned Mr. Murray’s one studio into the largest chain of dance studios in the world today.

1937

1937

1937

Arthur with movie star Jan Wyman performing the Lambeth Walk.

1938

Creating an Empire

Creating an Empire

In 1938, the first official opening of a franchised school occurred. When Arthur incorporated, there were 72 franchised studios around the country. The original studio, pictured here, was in Miami Beach, Florida.

1950

The Arthur Murray Party

The Arthur Murray Party

July of 1950 Arthur bought five fifteen-minute television spots on CBS and persuaded Kathryn to teach on TV.

1951

Dancing onto TV

Dancing onto TV

The Arthur Murray Party was a TV show that ran from 1950-1962, hosted by Arthur and Kathryn Murray.

1955

Groucho and Kathryn

Groucho and Kathryn

Groucho Marx with Kathryn at the Arthur Murray Party.

1964

Taking a Bow

Taking a Bow

1964 Two years after the TV show ended, Arthur and Kathryn retired and sold the company to a group of business associates and a new era began.  A renewed Arthur Murray system took shape. Under the leadership of Philip S. Masters, George B. Theiss and Samuel A. Costello, the company began to re-invent itself.

1970

Disco!

Disco!

Disco The advent of disco helped make dance contests and Arthur Murray Studios popular all over again.

1991

Passing of a Star

Passing of a Star

Arthur passed away on March 3rd, 1991.

2011

Dancing Overseas 1970 – Present

Dancing Overseas 1970 – Present

Over the past 20 years, Arthur Murray has become a truly global enterprise.

2012

Happy 100 years of dance!

Happy 100 years of dance!

2012: 100 years of dance As we celebrate 100 years of teaching the world to dance, today there are over 260 Arthur Murray Dance Studios in 21 countries across the globe. Our longevity is a result of excellent customer service, unparalleled social dance instruction techniques and experienced corporate management that carries on the tradition of excellence started by Arthur himself in 1912.