Many of us would find it hard to believe that, during the 1900s, very few danced in public.

And when they did, quite exclusively, it was mainly at weddings and social events.


Spinning and bending, yet not so fantastic, while waltz, tango, and polka music played.

Well, that all began to change around 1910, when ragtime music took the country by storm.

A New York City's lower east side, by all accounts a very poor immigrant neighborhood, an awkward shy teenage boy caught the dancing bug. The problem was that he had no idea what to do when music was playing and he held a pretty young lady in his arms.

Moses Teichman thought he might be an aspiring architect. Though, initially, he supported himself as an errand boy.

inspired by an embarrassing evening at a local dance party, Moses made the life-changing decision to improve his dancing and take lessons.

The tall and slender teenager caught on quickly. And by 1912, he was teaching at a huge New York exhibition hall called "The Grand Central Palace." One thing led to another. The young Teichman americanized his name to Arthur Murray and the rest, as they say, is history.

AuthorKyle Carvajal