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ONLINE LISTING TITLE: SIGNED ARTHUR MURRAY How to Become a Good Dancer
PAPER FOOTPRINTS INCLUDED 1938
BOOK TITLE: How to Become a Good
AUTHOR(S): Arthur Murray
SIGNED by AUTHOR? YES
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First Edition and First Printing? This is the third printing of the first edition.
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YEAR PUBLISHED: 1938
Book & Dust Jacket Condition
New - Unread in perfect condition.
Fine - Almost New, but not crisp.
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PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
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THIS IS NOT A
Inside the front
cover you will find the famous Murray Footprints, which show you exactly where
to place your feet for each step. (Please see photos.)
What this book will
do for you:
1 -- Show you how to
learn to dance at home, without an instructor, by using a new and unique
2 -- Teach you how to
acquire a graceful mastery of all the modern dances, including the Foxtrot,
Waltz, Tango, the Rumba, Suzie-Q, Shag, Truckin', and the Big Apple.
3 -- Teach you how to
gain confidence on the ballroom floor -- the secrets of leading and how to
follow -- how to enjoy dancing.
This book by
America's greatest dance instructor, Arthur Murray, embodies the principles
which have been used in teaching more than 700,000 people how to dance well. It
teaches you how to do the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, as well as the Rumba and all
other modern dances such as the Suzie-Q and the Big Apple.
How to Become a Good
Dancer is planned first of all to give you the reader a sound understanding of
good dancing. Then, in simple, clear-cut words and pictures, it teaches the
basic motions on which all modern dancing is founded. Finally, it shows exactly
how to combine these motions in dancing every popular dance used today.
The method of
teaching is unique, enabling the pupil to see, right in front of them on the
floor, the steps of every dance while he is learning. This is made possible by
the Murray Magic Footprints, free with your copy of How to Become a Good Dancer.
These ingenious and helpful aids show you exactly where and when to put your
feet for every step in the dance. Nothing is left to guesswork. The reader, in
the privacy of his own home can now rapidly learn to become a skillful dancer.
A NOTE ABOUT ARTHUR MURRAY:
Arthur Murray has
taught more people how to be good dancers than any other instructor. He is
acting head of the largest dancing school in the world. His instructors are at
country clubs, private schools, on cruise ships, at Florida and Bermuda hotels.
He is dancing consultant to leading Hollywood studios.
Among Arthur Murray's
students are numbered young children, hardheaded business leaders, Morgans, Vanderbilts,
Rockefellers, Astors. Among the hundreds of thousands of his pupils were:
The Prince Of Wales
Ferdinand of Germany
President Manuel Quezon
of the Philippines
SOME TRIBUTES TO
"Arthur Murray proves there is more to dancing than just jitterbug
jumping... after reading through his book I seen why so many Arthur Murray dancers
are so good at so many steps..."
"Arthur Murray's name is symbolic of today's dancing. Ever since I've
started tooting my trombone, I've noted that his pupils' dancing is as modern
as the music we've been playing."
"I've always observed that Arthur Murray's pupils do two important things
-- keep time with the time and with the times... a drummer notices something
"Arthur Murray is to American dancing what Stephen Foster was to American
folk music. A stimulating force in the evolution of modern dancing, he has
brought to light and successfully promoted many of the dances that have been
such a great source of relaxation, exercise, and entertainment to the American
Arthur Murray (April
4, 1895 – March 3, 1991) was a dance instructor and businessman, whose name is
most often associated with the dance studio chain that bears his name.
His pupils include
Eleanor Roosevelt, the Duke of Windsor, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Cornelius
Vanderbilt Whitney, Barbara Hutton, Elizabeth Arden, Manuel L. Quezon, and Jack
Dempsey. Television evangelist D. James Kennedy was one of the instructors of
Arthur Murray was
inducted into the National Museum of Dance C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame in 2007.
Early life and start
Arthur Murray was
born in Galicia, Austria-Hungary in 1895 as Moses Teichmann. In August 1897, he
was brought to America by his mother Sarah on the S.S. Friesland, and landed at
Ellis Island. They settled in Ludlow Street, in the Lower East Side of
Manhattan with his father, Abraham Teichmann.
Murray was shy as a
child and self-conscious about his tall, lanky appearance. He wanted very much
to be a part of the social activities that most of his friends enjoyed,
particularly the dances, but was afraid to socialize with girls. At the age of
14, Joe Feigenbaum, a friend of his whom he admired because of his popularity
with girls, taught him his first dance steps. To get practice on the dance
floor, Murray attended weddings in his neighborhood, where he found willing
dance partners of every size and age.
In 1912 at the age of
17, he taught 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
Murray won his first
dance contest at the Grand Central Palace, a public dance hall where he later
became a part-time dance teacher after graduation from high school. The 1st
prize had been a silver cup, but Murray went home without anything to show for
his win. His partner of the evening took it; it was destined for a pawnshop.
This loss made an impression on Murray, and in later years every winner in his
dance contests took home a prize.
In between jobs as a
dance instructor, Murray worked as a draftsman at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and as
a reporter at the New Haven Register.
He soon began
teaching ballroom dancing to the residents of Boston, Massachusetts at the
Devereaux Mansion in Marblehead, Massachusetts, before moving to Asheville,
North Carolina. At the outbreak of WWI, under pressure of the anti-German
feeling prevalent in the US, Teichmann changed to a less German-sounding name.
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 from Georgia Tech" 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.
Murray was inspired
by a casual remark made by William Jennings Bryan one evening at the hotel:
"... You know, I have a fine idea on how you can collect your money. Just
teach 'em with the left foot and don't tell 'em what to do with the right foot
until they pay up!"
Murray thought about
what Bryan's remark, and devised the idea of teaching dance steps with
footprint diagrams supplied by mail. Within a couple of years, over 500,000
dance courses were sold.
On April 24, 1925,
Murray married his famous dance partner, Kathryn Kohnfelder (September 15,
1906, Jersey City, New Jersey – August 6, 1999, Honolulu, Hawaii whom he had
met at a radio station in New Jersey. She was in the audience while he was
broadcasting a dance lesson.
After their marriage,
the mail-order business declined and the Murrays opened a dance school offering
personal instruction. Their business prospered, especially in 1938 and 1939
when Arthur picked two little-known dances, the "Lambeth Walk" and
"The Big Apple", and turned them into dance crazes. They were taught
at hotel chains throughout the country, and the name "Arthur Murray"
became a household word.
There are now
hundreds of Arthur Murray studios globally, with specially trained instructors,
making Arthur Murray the most successful dance instructor in history.
Arthur and Kathryn
Murray had twin daughters, Jane and Phyllis. On June 4, 1951, Jane married Dr.
Henry Heimlich who became famous for the Heimlich maneuver in 1974. Phyllis
married educator Edward Irvine "Ted" McDowell.
The start of Arthur
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" which prospective
dancers placed on the floor and followed to learn dancing. 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. His slogan was: "If you
can walk, we teach you how to dance", and the company guaranteed that the
pupils learn to dance in ten lessons.
After WWII, Murray's
business grew 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 on CBS. Among the Arthur
Murray dance instructors in the early 1950s was future television evangelist D.
James Kennedy, who won first prize in a nationwide dance contest.
The Murrays retired
in 1964; but they continued to be active for some time, appearing as guests on
the Dance Fever disco show in the late 1970s. By then, there were more than
3,560 dance studios bearing his name. In 2007, about 220 Arthur Murray Studios
remained in operation. Arthur Murray Dance Studios claims to be the
second-oldest franchised company (the first, A&W Restaurants, began in
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.
Hal Borne and His
Orchestra recorded the Mercer-Schertzing song in a Soundie released May 25,
1942 with the Three Murtah Sisters. "The tallest" of the sisters
satirizes the tune by doing the rumba as crudely as possible, first in her
room, then on the floor with a male partner.
In the film The Sky's
the Limit (1943), when Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie finish a dance number, Joan
asks him "Where did you learn to dance like that?" and Astaire
answers "Arthur Murray".
In 1946, Desi Arnaz
starred in the film Cuban Pete, and recorded a song of the same name, featuring
the lyric, "Cuban Pete doesn't teach you in a hurry like Arthur
Murray/You're now in Havana, and there's always mañana".
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.
Arthur Murray is
mentioned in the 1953 Frank Loesser song "Just Another Polka":
"She's got me dancing like I never thought I could,/Oh Arthur Murray never
had it so good."
In the 1954 Mark
Robson directed film, Phffft! starring Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday, and Kim
Novak, Jack 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.
A classic dance scene in the movie follows when both Lemmon and Holliday (Nina
Tracey) do a rumba and mambo at a nightclub. Later in the film, Lemmon reviews
some cancelled checks that Holliday wrote including: "...thirty-nine
dollars and forty cents to Arthur Murray Dance Studio?"
In 1957 Buddy Holly
and The Crickets performed a live show at the Arthur Murray Dance Party
consisting of "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue" this is
the only known live footage of Buddy Holly in his short lifetime.
In the 1960 Billy
Wilder film The Apartment starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine, Jack
Lemmon's character (C.C."Bud" Baxter) makes two references to Arthur
Murray. Bud tells Fran (Shirley Maclaine) that he's been taking lessons at
Arthur Murray and later on he introduces himself to Margie (Hope Holiday) by
replying to her query that she doesn't know him at all by stating: "Permit
me—C.C. Baxter—junior executive, Arthur Murray graduate, lover".
In a dream sequence,
"Arthur Murrayrock" seeks help learning Fred's "Frantic"
dance in the Flintstones episode "Shinrock-a-Go-Go."
Arthur Murray is
mentioned in the song "Tear-stained Letter" by Richard Thompson. The
song appears on Thompson's 1983 album Hand of Kindness.
In an episode of
Sanford and Son, when asked to dance, Fred says "I've been told I can't
dance." The young lady says, "Aww, arthritis?", to which Fred
responds, "No, Arthur Murray."
In the 1987 film
Dirty Dancing, Johnny tells Baby that he received his training at the Arthur
A song entitled
Arthur Murray appears on the 1988 Vic Chesnutt album The Salesman and
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."
Arthur Murray is
mentioned in the song "Would You Like to Learn to Dance?" by Steve
Goodman in 1978. "We can draw the Arthur Murray patterns right here on the
Arthur Murray is
mentioned in the song "Whadda Ya Know, We've Got a Show" from the
1961 British movie The Young Ones starring Cliff Richard....Mr. Arthur Murray
we can use you in a hurry."
Arthur Murray is
mentioned in The West Wing episode "He Shall, from Time to Time..."
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 N.E.A.
is there to support art that nobody wants to pay for in the first place...
Arthur Murray didn’t need the N.E.A. to write Death of a Salesman." Toby
corrects him by saying, "Arthur Murray taught ballroom dance, and Arthur
Miller wrote Death of a Salesman."
Arthur Murray is
portrayed in an episode of the HBO television drama Boardwalk Empire.
1.^ The Scribner Encyclopedia of American
Lives: 1997-1999 By Kenneth T. Jackson
2.^ Obituary Variety, March 11, 1991.
3.^ "Arthur Murray Taught the World to
Dance". Tech Topics (Georgia Tech Alumni Association). Summer 1991.
Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
4.^ The Scribner Encyclopedia of American
Lives: 1997-1999 By Kenneth T. Jackson
5.^ Chandler, E. Russell (1972). The Kennedy
Explosion. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing. ISBN 0-912692-02-2.
6.^ The Soundies Distributing Corporation of
America: a history and filmography of their "jukebox" musical films
of the 1940s. Terenzio, MacGillivary, Okuda. 1954. page 79. ISBN 0-89950-578-3
7.^ Billboard. May 30, 1942. page 9. 
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