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.
Arthur Murray started teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in NYC.
Arthur Murray starts teaching in NYC
Dancing at the Castle House
IN 1915 Arthur Murray learned the famous castle walk and tango
The Baroness De Kuttleston
The Baroness De Kuttleston, whom Mr. Murray had met at Castle House, asked if he would be her teaching partner.
Arthur and Anita
Arthur with movie star Anita Stewart performing the “Hesitation Waltz.”
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.
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.
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.
Arthur and Kathryn get married
Arthur and Kathryn were married on April 24, 1925, and opened a dance school together.
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.
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.
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
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.
Arthur with movie star Jan Wyman performing the Lambeth Walk.
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.
The Arthur Murray Party
July of 1950 Arthur bought five fifteen-minute television spots on CBS and persuaded Kathryn to teach on TV.
Dancing onto TV
The Arthur Murray Party was a TV show that ran from 1950-1962, hosted by Arthur and Kathryn Murray.
Groucho and Kathryn
Groucho Marx with Kathryn at the Arthur Murray Party.
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.
Disco The advent of disco helped make dance contests and Arthur Murray Studios popular all over again.
Passing of a Star
Arthur passed away on March 3rd, 1991.
Dancing Overseas 1970 – Present
Over the past 20 years, Arthur Murray has become a truly global enterprise.
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.