Dear Gaby 2-25-14 The Healing Power of Dance


Gabriela Young – Coach and Franchisee

Tip from Gaby

Hello everyone this week I thought I would share this article I read.

When the vibrations of our physical and spiritual bodies are out of harmony it can cause disease.

Everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including our bodies. Sound is vibration that can be translated by the delicate structures of our inner ear, but it moves more than just those tiny receptors. It is part of the spectrum of energy vibrations that affect us on the mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Long ago shamans recognized the power of sound when they first used chants and drumming to heal people.

In ancient Egypt, Greece, and India, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science.

In Tibet, priests have long used bells and bowls over and around the body to tune and clear the energy centers. Chimes and tuning forks are other tools that have been used to heal not only the body but the energy in a room as well.

When the vibrations of our physical and spiritual bodies are out of harmony it can cause disease. Sound healing gently massages the molecules back into the right places, clearing blockages and restoring harmony.

Wow, this really had me thinking about music and dancing. No wonder our students always feel better after a dance lesson. I know that after moving to music that has a drum beat as in Salsa or Cha Cha, Rhumba and Samba I am always more alert, happy and feel satisfied. Even the beautiful sound of a Waltz or Fox Trot seems to make my heart sing!

So on your next dance lesson, let’s put on your favorite song and let the body healing begin. Not only will you enjoy the benefit of healing your soul but you will keep your body healthy, all while you are learning how to dance!

Win Win don’t you think?

To Dance is to Live,
Gabriela Young

February 21, 2014 – How to Get Through the Curve of Learning

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David Earl Woodbury – Franchisee

No 9: Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, November 21, 2014

How to get through the Curve of Learning!

“Pa, he always said a man had to look spry for himself, because nobody
else would do it for him; your opportunities didn’t come knocking
around, you had to hunt them up and hog-tie them.”– Louis L’Amour, author

Curve of Learning
The Curve of Learning has so many variations of thought. Lectures are often given on this topic. We often say to new students, or dancers working on a new routines or styles of dance, that between the 3rd and 8th lesson, they may experience a lull in learning. Perhaps even a feel of saturation and that they are not learning as quickly. It is important to remember that this will pass, and the rate of learning will become more consistent and even. This happens to everyone and to know that it is normal and it will pass.

For me, I think thPlanting Seeds for the Futuree Curve of Learning is just to not give up. I am impatient and I struggle for immediate success right now. The prospect of planting seeds and reaping the future rewards does not work well for me. I want it now and quickly. Monsignor asked me how the studio was going recently and I said great, but it’s not fast enough for me and I told him how impatient I am. He laughed and said that he is just the same way. He understood.

Sometimes the Curve of Learning for me is fueled purely by passion and vision. The future is so clear to me that it truly seems real to me in the now, and my vision is so powerful that it sometimes consumes me. I am starting my physical as a 57 year old man. Dr. Felman asked me how I was, and again I said that I had just opened up a new Dance Center in Santa Monica and that I was putting in my all and giving it my all. He was so great to me and so encouraging and he understood the challenges and rewards of creating a reality from a dream.

PassionMy Curve of Learning does not come “every 3rd to 8th anything”. For me, I have to fight for everything I have and let the passion rule my heart and soul. It sometimes feels as if I have an atomic reactor inside my chest. My advice for the Curve of Learning is this…don’t give up. Don’t listen to naysayers. Don’t give into immediate satisfaction. Remember to keep on going and going until the dream is realized and victory is assured.

If I could just say anything to young people, it would be to be your best self. Grab hold of a life dream, and pursue it with all your might. If the path changes, it means you were meant for something else even greater. And to not become discouraged. I had no idea that I might experience some of the “dark night of the soul” in the challenges that we have experienced, but I did. I thought I would never see that dark tunnel ever again.

The joy was finding out that there was once again light at the end of the tunnel, and that time does pass and move forward to good and greater things. Please, just don’t give up. There is truly no one standing in the wings with a box of Kleenex waiting to give you a consolation hug. Get this, WE become the leaders. We give the hugs to others. We become the champions and it is our joy and light to lead others.

Yes, study the Curve of Learning, then put your notes down and go out and make it happen. Turn that curve into a straight arrow of fire that pierces the night and let all excuses vanish and go light up the night and lead in the day.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Magic of Planning Success!

February 14, 2014 Happy Valentine’s Day

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David Woodbury – Franchisee

No 8: Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 14, 2014
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a
duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise,
fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life
is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight
for it! — Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian Missionary

Happy Valentine’s Day! What a wonderful day at Arthur Murray Dance Center. Our school is decorated with hearts, balloons, sweet treats, and the excitement of dancing. Tonight is our Sweetheart’s Guest Open House and we are celebrating the Romance of Dance. Our school is a great place if you are with a special someone, or if that special person is just you. Everyone is welcome here.

Valentine's Dancers

I must address something. Two years ago I began this blog as Health and Fitness through Dancing and I lost 45 pounds through exercise, diet, and a healthy life style. Well, today I went to the doctor for the first time in 2 years and I have high blood pressure and I weighed 233! Ouch! Eating all those Jersey Mike’s sandwiches during the build out of the new studio just threw weight on me. The pressures and obligations of starting a new business from scratch stressed me out and I’m supposedly the example of health and fitness for Arthur Murray!

So, I’m on a healthy path again and our new studio is growing. My doctor is giving me sustainable advice for healthy living and I am ready and will to follow his guidance. I am now ready to lead our students and staff with the example of a healthy life style through dancing, diet, exercise, and making good life choices.

Valentine's Couple Dancers

Steve Platt once told me that there are two typed of people, victims and those who are accountable. I am a responsible person. I do not blame anyone else for my health and my current condition. Yet, I told my doctor that I had put everything I had into my new business and I was giving it 100% of my energy and passion. He said he was proud of me and really made me feel good.

Sometimes we truly have to sacrifice for what we want in our lives. We must give our all and much more beyond that to make the big dreams come true! If you are not happy in your life, or you feel trapped in your current situation, or you are just not moving forward, grab a shooting star and make your dreams come true.

Will it be easy, no. Fulfilling, YES! Go make a difference and live the life you were meant to live!

Sweet Valentine Couple

Thank you,
David Woodbury

Next Week: How to get through the Curve of Learning!

2-11-14 Dear Gaby, Tips for Ballroom Dancers “Polishing the Stone”

Gabriela Young – Franchisee

2-11-14 “Polishing the Rock”

Not too long ago, I was talking to an artist friend who is a sculptor.
I asked her “How do you know what the rock you’re sculpting is going to be?”
She told me that when she starts working and polishing the rock that she does not know what it’s going to become. So she starts polishing and polishing and soon the rock starts to take a beautiful form and it becomes a thing of beauty and later a full piece of art!

I started to think about my job here at the Arthur Murray Santa Dance Center of Santa Monica.
As an artist and teacher I see our students come in wanting to learn to dance. Before their transformation, we don’t know what piece of art they will become from our sculpting. With your efforts, you could become fit, more confident, and you’ll look and feel better. You will become your own piece of art and beauty. Like the artist’s rock, it will require a lot of polishing before it takes its final shape.

So let’s get to polishing, take that extra private lesson on your Tango, come to more Salsa and Swing group classes, attend all the practice sessions and let us polish you into the piece of art work that is already inside of you, waiting to be refined and transformed into a masterpiece!

To Dance is to Live!
Gabriela Young

2-7-14 Adding Style and Technique to Your Dancing

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David Earl Woodbury – Franchisee
No 7: Changing Lives through Dancing

By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, November 7, 2014

Adding Style and Exciting Technique to Your Dancing!
After thinking about this all week, I can’t write it…at all. I think and believe this. If you don’t have a full, heart-felt laugh on every dance lesson or practice, it’s not worth it. You just have to let go now and then and laugh until you cry and your sides ache.

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A merry heart does good like a medicine – Proverbs 17:22

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether
irreclaimably bad. — Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer

Gentlemen, why don’t you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon
me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die. — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and
the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to
know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This
is to have succeeded. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Poet and Essayist

Laughter is the language of the Gods. — Buddhist saying

When I was a new teacher, then a new advanced teacher, I was very serious and would often scold my students for mistakes. I remember once while dancing an International Gold Waltz with Susan Kelly, Jacques DeBeve swept her away from me and started twirled her around the floor. I was not truly upset until I saw that she was laughing and loving it. He returned her to me and said as he left “Never forget to have fun on your lessons” and he walked away as Susan giggled. I never forgot that moment, and I changed how I taught my dance sessions.

Laugher is the language of the soul 2-7-14Now, 37 years later, a few more miles on me, several surgeries and pounds later, I am a different teacher. Now when my partner’s make a mistake I say, “What was that!” and we begin to laugh hysterically. A boo boo happens and I have learned to smile, laugh, have a chuckle, and give a hug. I love all my lessons all the time now and I fill them with positive words of affirmation and praise at all times. Who am I to point the accusing finger at someone else? Teach with humor!

The laughter has become a part of not just my lessons, but the dancing itself. This blog was supposed to be about technique, but I think now that you have to have heart and passion while dancing. A judge will forgive a foot fault if your moves can cause their hearts to skip a beat, or they have a wow moment watching you, or a tear comes to their eye from the poetry of the steps. (I think I have made judges cry in the past, but it wasn’t from any poetry coming from my feet!)

Laughter is the closest distance between two peopleSell the sizzle of each dance. Let your partner feel the staccato action of Tango, the passion of Bolero, the flowing action of Viennese, the pulsation of Samba, the excitement of Swing, the gliding smoothness of Foxtrot and Waltz, the exhilaration of Rumba and Cha Cha, and the crazy fun of Hustle, Salsa, and Merengue.

Style, you learn how to have it, but you have to earn it for every dance. I’m crazy for anyone who owns their style and technique, but for yourself…create magic and break all the rules. Show your courage and go out there with a cheerful heart and a smile, laughter and love!

Thank You!
David Earl Woodbury
Next Week: Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014

2-4-14 Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

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Gabriela Young – Franchisee


Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

“Spice up your Valentine’s Day”

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I thought of ways that the Arthur Murray Santa Monica staff could make this Valentine’s day one of the best ones of your life!
For one we will be hosting a Valentine’s Day party on February 14th.
So come in and spend the evening with us and celebrate life with dance!
We will teach the dance patterns and skills to be able to partner dance.
To me, that’s what Valentine’s Day is about “Partnering”.

We will teach dances like:

Rumba: sensuality
Cha Cha: get your flirt on
Waltz: grace
Tango: tantalizing and dramatic
Swing: fun fun fun

For me all the dances we teach at the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Santa Monica are romantic and fun.
See you Friday Night February 14th

To dance is to live!

Thank You,
Gabriela Young