The history of the Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios began in 1912 with a man named Arthur Murray, an American symbol of entrepreneurial success and social dancing. Murray was among the first to use advertising techniques considered cutting edge at the time. His concept of selling dance lessons by mail, one step at a time, took the use of direct mail to a new level.
Murrayâ€™s creative use of print advertising attracted national attention, as did his business acumen. In March of 1920, using students from Georgia Tech, Murray arranged to have music transmitted to a group of his dance students a few miles away. This was the worldâ€™s first radio broadcast of live dance music for dancing.
Prior to World War II, Arthur Murray teachers were a regular part of every first-class steamship cruise and during the Thirties, the studios introduced such dances to the public as the â€śLambeth Walkâ€ť and â€śThe Big Apple.â€ť In fact it was â€śThe Big Appleâ€ť that launched Mr. Murrayâ€™s one studio into the largest chain of dance schools.
In 1942 singer Betty Hutton with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra recorded the big hit song â€śArthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurryâ€ť for the movie â€śThe Fleetâ€™s Inâ€ť and by 1946 there were 72 Arthur Murray Dance Studios across America.
Arthur Murray was the first to realize the growing popularity of the Latin dances in America during the 1950â€˛s. Many conventions were held in Cuba during that time to give Arthur Murray dance trainers first-hand knowledge of the hot new Latin styles and moves that were in vogue and becoming popular.