Dance studio to celebrate Arthur Murray Day

Mark your calendars for Arthur Murray Day on April 4 when the dance pioneer and founder of the second longest-running US franchise will be celebrated on the anniversary of his birthday.

The Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich has planned a day of dancing and other festivities to commemorate the dance master. Mr. Murray lived from 1895 to 1991 and his method continues to teach the world to dance, bringing joy and changing lives for tens of thousands of people.

Arthur Murray Dance is the second oldest continually running franchise in the country’s history, second only to the hotel/restaurant chain started by Mr. Murray’s best friend, Howard Johnson.

The Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich is known across Fairfield County and Upper Westchester County for “promoting movement and dance as a fun and social way to be healthy and vibrant.” The ballroom will mark the event with a special performance of popular dances, including the foxtrot, salsa, swing and rumba. The dancing will follow a proclamation reading by Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei to declare Arthur Murray Day Proclamation to Christine Georgopulo, president and owner of the Grande Ballroom, outside Town Hall at 12:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Arthur Murray at the Grand Ballroom of Greenwich and proud to be able to honor his name and carry on his legacy with the participation of the town of Greenwich with Arthur Murray Day,” Ms. Georgopulo said.

The Greenwich organization extends the Arthur Murray legacy by adhering to Ms. Georgopulo’s philosophy that dance should be used to teach, grow, convene and heal. Accordingly, the ballroom has programs for singles, couples, weddings, kids, seniors and corporate team building.

“We have been a leader in health and wellness for the last 100 years,” Ms. Georgopulo said. “Ballroom dancing has endless benefits — it is great exercise, tones muscles, keeps hearts healthy, relieves stress, and the mind/body connection keeps the spirit young and has been proven to stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

“Most importantly, dancing is a wonderful social activity that increases confidence and poise for all ages and can be applied and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere — unlike other forms of exercise and hobbies.”

“Arthur Murray was a trendsetter,” Ms. Georgopulo said. “And the Grande Ballroom of Greenwich is charting a bold new course for the future by honoring the traditions of dance, but combining them with the needs of those running in today’s on-the-go lifestyle and the demands it places on our bodies, minds and spirits. Dance, for us, is more than just entertainment.”

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