April 7, 2019
TUDOR CITY Learns to RHUMBA
Today the wayback machine travels way back to 1941, a simpler time when Tudor City offered its tenants a wide variety of community activities ‒ everything from bridge groups and photography clubs to art exhibitions, amateur theatricals, and tulip festivals.
Among these entertainments was exhibition dancing, in this case courtesy of Arthur Murray, the ballroom dancer/instructor who became well-known in the '30s after introducing America to two new dance crazes, the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. He quickly parlayed this fame into a nationwide chain of learn-to-dance studios that's still in business. The hip-shaking rhumba [pictured above] was a popular exhibition choice ‒ it was fun to watch.