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Arthur Murray Trivia 101

Over the last 100 years, dance icon Arthur Mur­ray rev­o­lu­tion­ized ball­room and Latin dance lessons. Here’s some fun pop trivia cit­ing ref­er­ences to our found­ing father of smooth moves! (P.S. The pic­ture on the right is from an ad cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of Arthur Mur­ray — 50 years ago! We thought it was cool!)

  • The Mur­ray name and fran­chise were fea­tured in the 1942 hit song “Arthur Mur­ray Taught Me Danc­ing in a Hurry”, writ­ten by Johnny Mer­cer and Vic­tor Schertzinger.
  • In the film The Sky’s the Limit (1943), when Fred Astaire and his part­ner fin­ish a dance num­ber, she asks him “Where did you learn to dance like that?” and Astaire answers “Arthur Murray”.
  • In the I Love Lucy episode “Lit­tle Ricky Gets a Dog”, (1957) Lucy tells Ricky that she is receiv­ing Mex­i­can hat danc­ing lessons from Arthur Murray.
  • In the 1954 film, Phffft! star­ring Jack Lem­mon, Judy Hol­l­i­day and Kim Novack, Lemmon’s char­ac­ter (Robert Tracey) is seen walk­ing into an Arthur Mur­ray Dance Stu­dio in New York to work on his Rumba with teacher Merry Anders.
  • In 1957, Buddy Holly & the Crick­ets per­formed a live show at the Arthur Mur­ray Dance Party – this is the only known live footage of Buddy Holly in his short lifetime.
  • In the 1960 film The Apart­ment (Oscar win­ning film) starring Jack Lem­mon and Shirley Maclaine, Lemmon’s char­ac­ter (C.C.“Bud” Bax­ter) makes two ref­er­ences to Arthur Murray.
  • In a dream sequence, “Arthur Mur­ray­rock” seeks help learn­ing Fred’s “Fran­tic” dance in the Flint­stones episode “Shinrock-a-Go-Go.” In the 1987 film Dirty Danc­ing, Johnny tells Baby that he received his train­ing at the Arthur Mur­ray studios.
  • In the 1995 film The Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent, when Syd­ney Ellen Wade (Annette Ben­ing) remarks to the Pres­i­dent (Michael Dou­glas) while danc­ing, “I don’t know how you do it.”  Mis­un­der­stand­ing her ques­tion, the Pres­i­dent sim­ply replies, “It’s Arthur Mur­ray. Six lessons.”
  • Arthur Mur­ray is men­tioned a The West Wing episode in a con­ver­sa­tion between a con­gress­man and Toby Ziegler. The Con­gress­man says, “Per­son­ally, I don’t know what to say to peo­ple who argue that the NEA is there to sup­port art that nobody wants to pay for in the first place… Arthur Mur­ray didn’t need the NEA to write Death of a Sales­man.” Toby cor­rects him by say­ing, “Arthur Mur­ray taught ball­room dance, Arthur Miller wrote Death of a Sales­man.”