Arthur Murray Biography

Dancer, Educator (1895–1991)
Ballroom dance instructor Arthur Murray began with a correspondence course in 1912, then opened studios all over the world.


Arthur Murray (born April 4, 1895) quit his job at an architecture firm to take ballroom dancing lessons from Vernon and Irene Castle. In 1912, he set up a correspondence course, sending paper footprints through the mail for students to follow. He promoted his franchise of dance studios through radio, a best-selling book and a TV show. Murray resigned in 1965, but his studios still exist.

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