Murray method

The most familiar form of dance notation is a series of footprints drawn on the floor to show prospective dancers where to place their feet. This system was developed by the ballroom dance instructor Arthur Murray (1895-1991) to satisfy the many people who wanted to learn the complex movements of social ballroom dancing.

From 1920 to1925, Arthur Murray sold printed lessons with footprints depicting the movement of the feet when dancing, but later he opened a franchise of dance studios to teach dance. Dance instructors no longer use the Murray Method of images of footprints on the floor because the notation system did not adequately teach the richness of the dances, but they still remain a part of dance culture.


In the Diagram tab, click the arrow to view the sequence of foot movements using the Murray Method. Click the Example video to see someone perform the steps.