History of Arthur Murray

Arthur Murray started teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in New York City.

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In 1925, he began selling branded dance lessons and launched the first franchise dance school. 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 300 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.

Everyone can dance. Students age 6 to 106 have learned to dance using the fun and easy World Famous Arthur Murray Teaching Method.

Arthur Murray® instructors are specially trained and certified and can put you in touch with today’s most popular dances to make you a comfortable social dancer or a competitive hobby dancer. The choice is yours and we’ll help you achieve it because each lesson is taught step-by- step at your own pace. Over 40 million people have enhanced their social life by learning to dance quickly and easily the Arthur Murray® way!