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Arthur Murray (April 4, 1895March 3, 1991) was a dance instructor and businessman, whose name is most often associated with the dance studio chain that bears his name. is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... A businessman (sometimes businesswoman, female; or businessperson, gender neutral) is a generic term for a wide range of people engaged in profit-oriented enterprises, generally the management of a company. ...


Early life and start in dance

Arthur Murray's 1920 Radio Dance, as portrayed in the 1920 Blueprint; "Ramblin' Wreck" was one of the songs played that night.
Arthur Murray's 1920 Radio Dance, as portrayed in the 1920 Blueprint; "Ramblin' Wreck" was one of the songs played that night.

Arthur Murray was born in Galicia, Austria-Hungary in 1895 as Moses Teichman or Teichmann. He was brought to America in August 1897 by his mother Sarah (S.S. "Friesland"), and landed at Ellis Island; and they settled in Ludlow Street, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his father, Abraham Teichman. In 1912 at the age of 17, he began teaching dance at night while working as a draftsman by day. He studied under the popular dance team of Irene and Vernon Castle and went to work for them. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Blueprint (disambiguation). ... Im a Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech is the fight song of the Georgia Institute of Technology, better known as Georgia Tech. ... There are two well-known places called Galicia: Galicia, one of Spains autonomous communities. ... Austria-Hungary, also known as the Dual monarchy (or: the k. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Technical drawing, also known as drafting, is the practice of creating accurate representations of objects for technical, architectural and engineering needs. ... Vernon and Irene Castle in 1914 Vernon and Irene Castle were a husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers of the early 20th century. ...

He soon began teaching ballroom dancing to the residents of Boston, Massachusetts at the Devereaux Mansion, before moving to Asheville, North Carolina. At the outbreak of World War I, under pressure of the anti-German feeling prevalent in the U.S., Teichman changed his name to make it sound less German. Ballroom dance is a style of partner dance which originated in the western world and is now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. ... Boston redirects here. ... Not to be confused with Ashville. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ...

In 1919 he began studying business administration at Georgia Tech, and he taught ballroom dancing in Atlanta at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. In 1920, Murray organized the world's first "radio dance"; a band on the Georgia Tech campus played "Ramblin' Wreck" and other songs, which were broadcast to a group of about 150 dancers (mostly Tech students) situated atop the roof of the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta.[1] Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... For other uses, see Management (disambiguation). ... The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational research university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, Metz, France, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Capital City Club is a private social club located in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

The start of Arthur Murray Studios

His first business was selling dance lessons by mail, using a kinetoscope. Though the idea was successful, he had problems with the business, which failed. His second business was drawing and selling "footprints" (an unusual use of drafting skills) which prospective dancers could place on the floor and follow to learn how to dance. This mail-order business remained successful. His third business, launched in 1925, involved selling branded dance lessons through franchising. He trained dance instructors for the Statler Hotel chain, who then went to various hotels and gave lessons; Murray kept some of the profits from each franchise. Interior view of Kinetoscope with peephole viewer at top of cabinet. ... The cover of the first Eatons catalog, published in 1884. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Brand (disambiguation). ... Franchising (from the French for honesty or freedom[1]) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses proven methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, fees and a percentage of sales or profits. ... The Statler Hotel chain was founded by Ellsworth Statler (October 26, 1863 - April 16, 1928) in 1901 in Buffalo, New York then host to the Pan-American Exposition. ...

This business was expanded more widely in 1938, when an Arthur Murray dance studio franchise was opened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Others followed. Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ...

After World War II, Murray's business grew further with the rise of interest in Latin dance, and he regularly taught and broadcast in Cuba in the 1950s. Murray went on television with a dance program hosted by his wife Kathryn Murray, The Arthur Murray Party, which ran from 1950 to 1960, on CBS, NBC, DuMont, ABC, and then back to CBS. The Murrays retired in 1964 although they continued to be active for some time, even appearing as guests on the Dance Fever disco show in the late 1970s. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The term Latin dance has two meanings, depending on whether the context is social or ballroom dance. ... The Arthur Murray Party was a television variety show which ran from 1950 until 1960. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the television network. ... The DuMont Television Network was the worlds first commercial television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ...

At that date, there were over 3,560 dance studios bearing his name. In 2007 there were about 220 Arthur Murray Studios in operation.

Arthur Murray in pop culture

The Murray name and franchise were immortalized in the 1942 hit song Arthur Murray Taught me Dancing in a Hurry written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger. John Herndon Johnny Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was a popular American songwriter and singer. ... Victor L. Schertzinger (April 8, 1890 - October 26, 1941) was an American composer, film director, film producer and screenwriter. ...

Arthur Murray is mentioned in the song Tear-stained Letter by Richard Thompson. The song appears on Thompson's 1983 album Hand of Kindness. For other persons named Richard Thompson, see Richard Thompson (disambiguation). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...

Critics have complained that Arthur Murray's franchised dance studios and instruction methods have overly homogenized many popular dances, especially Latin dances, by using instruction methods that don't "teach to the music", and by giving the impression that there is only one correct way to do each dance.

The business is credited with promoting modern competitive ballroom dancing, also known as DanceSport. An amateur dancesport competition at MIT. Dancesport denotes dance as a sport activity. ...

In the 1943 film The Sky's the Limit, when Fred and Joan just finished a dance number; Joan asks him "Where did you learn to dance like that?". Fred Astaire answers: "Arthur Murray".

In the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, Johnny tells Baby that he received his training at the Arthur Murray studios. Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film credited as being one of the most watched films of all time, particularly among women. ...

In the 1995 film The American President, when Sydney Ellen Wade remarks to the President while dancing "I don't know how you do it", the President replies, "It's Arthur Murray. Six lessons." To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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  1. ^ "Arthur Murray Taught the World to Dance", Tech Topics, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Summer 1991. Retrieved on 2007-06-11. 

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