ABOUT ARTHUR MURRAY
As America’s second oldest franchise organization, Arthur Murray Dance Studios began in 1912 by selling dance lesson via mail. Having already become a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Murray applied proven business practices, specifically the use of advertising, to the selling of dance instruction. This was a move that generated national attention. Also, in 1920, Arthur Murray was behind the world’s first radio broadcast of live dance music.
During the 1930's, Arthur Murray teachers were a regular part of every first-class steamship cruise. Arthur Murray introduced such dances to the public as the The Big Apple. In fact it was The Big Apple that launched Mr. Murray’s Manhattan studio into the largest chain of dance schools in the world.
In 1942 Betty Hutton and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra recorded “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” for the movie “The Fleet’s In.” By 1946 there were 72 Arthur Murray Dance Studios across America. In July 1950, Mr. Murray purchased five 15 minute television spots on CBS which lead to a half-hour summer series on ABC entitled “Arthur Murray Dance Party.” This innovative program enjoyed a successful run of twelve years.
Upon Arthur and Kathryn Murray’s retirement in 1964, a group of franchisees purchased the company. They brought a fresh new leadership keeping pace with the rapidly changing culture. Arthur Murray International Inc.(AMI) continues to flourish as the world’s largest dance instruction organization. Arthur Murray teachers can be found on movie sets and Broadway stages alike. Major films include Dirty Dancing, Flash Dance, True Lies, and Saturday Night Fever to name a few. All studios are independently owned by individuals who started as Arthur Murray instructors. Building from within has kept the studio system strong with people who are committed to the spirit of excellence which is the hallmark of the Arthur Murray System.
ABOUT OWNER PAUL KILLICK
Paul Killick is a World Champion Ballroom Dancer, choreographer, dance coach, adjudicator, and TV personality. His award-winning and passionate performances have had a profound and lasting influence in the arena of International Dancesport.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Paul is of one of the world's leading ambassadors for Ballroom and Latin Dancesport. In addition to playing an instrumental role in the development and creation of the BBC's hit series "Strictly Come Dancing," he also appeared on the show during its first two seasons.
Paul has choreographed a number of productions for both screen and stage, including "Unforgettable Boleros" with Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz, and Ricardo Montalban for PBS. Mr. Killick has also contributed to the "Stephen Sondheim 75th Birthday Tribute Concert" held at the Theater Royal Drury Lane and "An Evening of Ballroom Dance with Paul Killick" at the Cadogan Theater in London and more.
As a celebrated dance champion, Paul earned the Ballroom Dancers' Federation "Most Outstanding Contribution to Dance" honor for both 1994 and 2004. During his competitive career, Paul has won The World Cup, World Masters, and the British Professional Latin American Championships on six occasions. He won countless international titles before retiring from competition in 2004. Paul has had the honor of dancing for the Royal Families of Monaco, Japan, and Denmark in addition to the Prime Ministers of Germany, Finland, and Russia.
Paul serves as both coach and choreographer to many Dancesport champions. He is a member of the World Dance Council, the National Dance Council of America and the British Dance Council.
Since retiring, Paul has gone on to create several successful competitive dancesport events: in the U.S. The Killick Klassik Dancesport Event in Palm Beach, FL,The Killick Royale Cup in Beverly Hills, CA; in Hong Kong The World Pro-Am Stars and The World Challenge Dancesport Championships.
His love of dance, expression and design led Paul to create the "Killick Klassik" Mens' Latin Dance Shoe in collaboration with leading dance shoe manufacturer International Dance Shoes. Designed for the professional dancer, the Killick Klassik allows the dancer extreme flexibility and is one of the best-selling mens' shoe of all time. Paul Killick’s creations have revolutionized the style of Latin dance shoes for men.
In 2012, Paul was appointed Director and owner of the prestigious Arthur Murray International studio in Beverly Hills, lending his energy, coaching, and choreography experience to the iconic century-old leader in ballroom dance. Paul is constantly striving to share his love for Ballroom and Latin dance with audiences, students, colleagues, and competitors.