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Arthur Murray
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Sex:M
Age:95
Birth Date:April 4, 1895
Astrology Sign:Aries
Chinese Sign: -
Birth Name:Moses Teichman
Birth Place:New York City
Died Date:March 3, 1991
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Occupation:dance instructor, dance schools

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ARTHUR MURRAY
Arthur Murray

Biography:Arthur Murray (April 4, 1895 - March 3, 1991), a dance instructor and businessman, was born in New York, New York as Moses Teichman. In 1912 at the age of 17, he began teaching dance at night, while working as a draftsman by day. He studied under Irene and Vernon Castle and went to work for them.

He soon began teaching ballroom dancing to the residents of Boston, Massachusetts at the Devereaux Mansion. He soon went to Asheville, North Carolina.

At the outbreak of World War I he changed his name to make it sound less German.

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 first "radio dance"; a band on the Georgia Tech campus was broadcast to dancers at Atlanta, Georgia's Capital City Club.

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.

This business was expanded more widely in 1938, when an Arthur Murray dance studio franchise was opened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Others followed.

The Murray name and franchise was further immortalized in the 1942 hit song Arthur Murray Taught me Dancing in a Hurry written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger.

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, running from 1950 to 1960, first on CBS, then ABC, and then back to CBS. The Murrays retired in 1964.

At that date, there were over 3,560 dance studios bearing his name, but by 2003 there were only about 180 studios. Arthur Murray Dance Studios claims to be the second-oldest franchised company (the first, A&W Restaurants, began in 1919).

Pupils of Murray include: Eleanor Roosevelt, the Duke of Windsor, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Barbara Hutton, Elizabeth Arden, and Jack Dempsey.

The Murrays had twin daughters.

Achievements: (Filmography)
You Can't Take it With You (1938)

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Arthur Murray's Personality Tarot Card The Emperor - Personality Card

Birthday: April 4, 1895

Material success, stability, authority and ambition.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Arthur Murray's Growth Tarot Card Justice

Birthday: April 4, 2010

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.

 

 

 

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