A Brief History

Arthur Murray opened his first dance studio in 1912, making Arthur Murray International America’s second oldest franchise organization. Throughout the years, Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been associated with high quality, world renowned standards in social dancing.

Students First

arthur murray dance studios portland or vancouver waFrom the beginning, Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been committed to sharing the benefits of dance with anyone who wants to learn. Mr. Murray himself developed a practice of selling dance lessons by mail, one step at a time. In 1920, with the assistance of students from Georgia Tech, he arranged a live radio broadcast of music for dancing. By the 1950’s Arthur Murray brought dancing to the world of television; first with CBS and later with ABC’s “Arthur Murray Dance Party”, which ran for twelve years. All of these innovations made the world of dance accessible even to people who could not physically be in his studio.

Arthur Murray and the World

The Arthur Murray name has always been at the forefront of popular dancing in America. In the 1930’s Mr. Murray introduced the ‘Lambeth Walk’ and ‘Big Apple’ and in the 1950’s he brought popular Latin dances to America’s dance scene. Mr. Murray was always interested in the way young people dance and today Arthur Murray instructors receive constant training in the latest techniques for all styles of dance.
Today our instructors are backstage on Broadway and in movie sets in Hollywood. Movies such as Dirty Dancing, Dirty Dancing II, Dance With Me, Beautician and the Beast, Flash Dance, An American President, True Lies, Saturday Night Fever, and Scent of a Woman have used Arthur Murray instructors as dancers or instructors for the cast.
Our studios are located throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Africa, and Australia. Clearly the world dances with Arthur Murray, and with 250+ studios worldwide so can you!


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