“Back to Weight Watchers Santa Monica” March 28, 2014

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No 14 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 28, 2014

“Back to Weight Watchers”

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of
possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world —
making the most of one’s best.– Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American Protestant Minister

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have begun my physical. I gained about 30 pounds in building out the studio and starting the new Arthur Murray Franchise. This is a result of lots of long days, hours, and many, many Jersey Mike’s sammies and not enough dancing!

So, now I have been examined, given blood, had an ultra sound, am getting a stress test, and have to see a dermatologist and get new glasses. So, it’s time to bite the bullet and get into shape!

2014-03-22 07.20.22Life, you are amazing. Who walks into Arthur Murray Santa Monica a while ago, and is now one of our best guest getters, Amy Brunell from Weight Watchers, my former leader at WW. Well, last week Amy had “the talk” with me and I woke up. Joel and I walked into WW of Santa Monica last Saturday and rejoined.

Thank you Amy for following through with me for many, many months of patience, post cards, visits, and becoming an Arthur Murray Student. I applaud your belief in what you do to help others. You have helped change my life! You are a lady of class and you believe in what you do.

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being
cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared.
It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure footedness
that comes with having proved you can meet life.– Ann Landers, born 1918

Well, now I’m almost half way done with my physical, stress test soon and heart sonogram coming up, eye test and then the results. Truly, our health is our wealth! Our health must come first and we must keep moving to stay in great shape! Yes, I am altering my thoughts which will results in a new reality in the now.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his
life simply by altering his attitude of mind.– William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

2014-03-25 13.23.25Do you have someone in your life like Amy who will give you that push forward to make a change? Do you have someone who is not afraid to tell you the truth and to give you a kick in the butt when needed? If not, here it is…move forward and move your body to health and fitness and success.

Are you sitting? Well, get up and shake it. Dance, exercise, eat well, rest, manage stress, retain great thoughts and surround yourself with people you like and do what makes you happy. Don’t live another day unhappy and say au revoir to the past and run toward a bright future.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Time Machine!

Dear Gaby, Tips for Ballroom Dancers 3-25-14

Gabycrop-1 Gabriela Young


Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Tips from Gaby

Many people I meet say I can’t dance, I have two left feet, my hips can’t move like that and I am too old to learn the Cha Cha Cha.

I think mainly those things you say are self-imposed. To those of you who think this way, watch this season of “Dancing With The Stars” You will be surprised and amazed with the dancing of Amy Purdy, 34. She is a Paraplegic Olympian snowboarder.

I am still shaking my head in amazement as just how she was able to move so well on two prosthetic legs. Two left feet, Amy Purdy has no feet? Can’t move your legs to create a hip action? Amy Purdy has no legs!

So, my tip of the week is: If you need a little inspiration to get up off that couch and come in for that Salsa Class or try a new dance, watch this season of “Dancing With The Stars” you will be inspired and hopefully you will never again say, I can’t dance!

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

“I Am Marketing” 3-21-14

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No 13 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 21, 2014
“I AM Marketing”

At a recent meeting for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the president Laurel Rosen said to us “I am marketing”. We were all talking about what we were doing to promote our businesses and she said we should live as ambassadors for our businesses and let others know what we do for our careers.

IMGP4831For me, I am a walking, talking, breathing Arthur Murray man. I love our business, believe in our work, and know that our mission statement is: “Changing Lives Through Dancing, One Step at a Time”. Every day I walk out my door after an Arthur Murray morning of preparation, arrive at the studio to serve all day as an Arthur Murray professional, and I leave, I go into the world as an Arthur Murray man. What is an Arthur Murray man? A man of dancing skills, character, faith, dedication, professionalism, leadership and commitment.

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes
Opportunity looks a lot like work.

IMGP4988In my one of my pockets I always have two one decade rosaries, one to give away and another to keep. The other pocket has my Arthur Murray cards to give as I share about the benefits of dancing and how it is good for your health and life. Go out in the world and have faith and work through the day! Remember, life is your friend, go enjoy it!

“Oh, I couldn’t possibly live that way, always thinking about work and ‘marketing’ people”. Well, I’m not different when I’m at mass, the grocery, on a run, or at the studio. I live my life each moment as the same man, always striving to be the best in every way, being a man of character.

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional
glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful
scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. — Harold B. Melchart

IMGP4989I Am Marketing. That just means that I live each moment. Sometimes there are many challenges with lots of ups and downs. The mentors in my life are the same great people all the time. They are always leaders and living to serve others, whether it’s through their faith, career, or the ways they give back in their lives.

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one
heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but
because he is a man of high and heroic temper. — Aristotle

Sophia Putnam and David Woodbury Tango 3-7-14

Take a stand and decide who you are and be that man or woman, all the time. Promise yourself that you will value long term character over short term gain that may vanish in a moment. After our last 4.4 earthquake in Santa Monica this past week, I was jolted into remembering what really mattered in my life. Knowing in those few horrible and frightening moments of shaking, the sounds of the house shaking as things fell, and my own shouts of fear, I was reminded of what truly matters in life, and how we can face loss in a fraction of a second. When the quake was over, my only concern was that we and the kitties were OK. Then I ran to the window to see EVERYONE’s lights on and people out on the streets. Imagine that one moment in time awoke millions of people and was felt for hundreds of miles!

You don’t have to think of your life as marketing, but I do urge you to live your beliefs and values. Whatever you do in your life, do it with all your might and all the gusto you can muster! Talk to others, never know a stranger, always share a smile and give a compliment. Laugh out loud and make some noise in your life.

For me, I’ll live the rest of my years sharing my faith, my love of dancing, and my passion for life with everyone I meet. Arthur Murray…changing lives, one step at a time!

Thank You and Sophia Putnam in all these great photos!

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Time Machine!

Dear Gaby 3-18-14 Tips for Ballroom Dancers

Gabycrop-1 Gabriela Young


Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Recently while on one of my hiking trips, I was aware of how difficult getting up a hill was. Now I have done this hike many times, so I thought it shouldn’t be this difficult to do.

I wondered what my body was doing wrong. In my body awareness I noticed that my posture was out and I was dragging my feet, being a dancer that’s where my mind goes. Once I corrected my posture like I would if I was doing a Waltz and decided to roll thru my feet like I was dancing a Fox Trot, I was able to get up the hill faster and with more ease.

Many of us do not think about how we get from point A to point B while we walk.
Good posture and proper use of feet is great for your body and it’s something you could be doing while you walk, it’s win win.

So next time you walk to the water cooler, elevator or to your car, try to be body aware!
Your body will love you for this and your dance teacher will praise you on how much you have improved your posture and footwork!

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

The Payoff of Passion 3-14-14

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David Earl Woodbury

No 12 Changing Lives through Dancing
Friday, March 14, 2014

The Payoff of Passion

A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite
like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a
lifetime faces us. — Maltbie Babcock (1858-1901) American Presbyterian Minister

Today in our studio meeting I said, “I don’t know why I have so much passion running through my veins and guiding my life”. Victor, one of our wonderful teachers said, “During the Big Bang when the stars exploded, some of that magic dust blew into you” and I choked up in the meeting.  It was such a sweet comment, and I truly do feel that magic feeling all over me.

Yin and YangAlong with this passion comes the laws yin and yang. This is how opposite forces are interconnected and relate to one another. They give rise to each other as light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water, and life and death. It seems to be a rule of life that the highs and lows of life work together.  I have great highs, and great lows.  One thing for sure, it does teach you how to do a dramatic Tango and an exciting Bolero. Use those emotions in your dancing to touch your audience!

Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship – a play between divine grace and willful self-effort. Half of it you have no control over; half of it is absolutely in your hands, and your actions will show measurable consequence. Man is neither entirely a puppet of the Gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he’s a little of both. We gallop through life like circus performers balancing on two speeding side by side horses – one foot is on the horse called fate, the other on the horse called free will. And the question you have to ask every day is – which horse is which? Which horse do I need to
stop worrying about because it’s not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort? — Elizabeth Gilbert, from Eat, Pray, Love

The Force of Destiny VerdiOne of my favorite Verdi operas is La Forza del Destino, The Force of Destiny. Just listen to the overture and you will realize how destiny shaped Verdi’s life and music. Destiny, I am learning, is a relationship with life. Many years ago someone ready my future.  As I saw her face, I asked “Am I in charge of my future and can I shape my future?” She said, “Yes”, and from that moment on I have practiced the dance with destiny and being the captain of my own ship on the sea of life. Captains can avoid bad weather on the seven seas, they know the hidden dangers of rocks and reefs, and they are able to battle against pirates who try to steal their treasures. Yes, I am now a good captain in the oceans of my future.

What is the payoff of passion? Gabriela Young, my partner, says to be present and be in the moment.  I think that is right. Learn from the past, love the moment, and be excited for the future.  Relish each moment, good or bad, for destiny is the sculpture of the creations of art that we all are. We are molded, shaped, and formed into the amazing people we are today by the challenges and blessing we experience in our lives.

What is your destiny? What is your passion? Live the moment. Live, love, laugh, cry, hope, achieve, learn. Move forward and leave fear behind.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Time Machine!

Dear Gaby – Dancing With Our Stars – March 11, 2014

Gabycrop-1Gabriela Young


Dear Gaby


An advice column for dancers


I wanted to take this time to thank the Staff at St. Monica Parish, for doing such an amazing job with their “DANCING WITH OUR STARS” fundraiser.ss


Friday night 6 staff members and 1 parent accompanied by the Santa Monica Arthur Murray staff took the stage at St Monica’s to raise money for their Arts Department.


All the participants started taking their dance lessons 4 weeks ago, each had 14 private lessons to make this an even playing field. None of them had prior dance experience but after one month of lessons with some sweat and a lot of persistence they were all ready to perform.


The evening was a huge success with a sold out audience. Congratulations to Janice Conejo and Joel Rieck on winning the Mirror Ball.


To Dance is to Live


Thank You,

Gabriela Young




3-7-14 The Arthur Murray Lifestyle

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David Earl Woodbury

No 11 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 7, 2014

The Arthur Murray Lifestyle!

This week we observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. How does my Arthur Murray Lifestyle apply to Lent? Well, today I was Team Leader for the 8 AM Mass for ashes, and who do I see, my students, my staff, and the Arthur Murray Dancers of St. Monica’s. We are the dancers for Dancing With Our Stars, a fundraiser for the Arts Department of St. Monica’s Schools March 7, 2014.

Arthur Murray ManAs I am guiding our wonderful Hospitality Team Members into their spots, I see the faculty around me who are participating in the upcoming event. I say hello to my very own student who is just finishing the 6:30 AM Mass. I see the principal of both schools and realize that I am truly living the Arthur Murray Lifestyle.

You see, I have the unique experience of living, worshiping, and working with my friends and neighbors in my Santa Monica community.  This is a great responsibility, for I must live the life of a true Arthur Murray man, a man of character and grace and poise, while remaining a leader and mentor to others. I see our students at mass, at the market, walking to the beach, shopping, and generally all over the city of Santa Monica.

Arthur and Kathryn Two PhotosThis is a challenge in many ways for I am a human full of faults and flaws. I get tired and grumpy and sometimes lose my smile. Here’s a lesson I have learned. When I am dancing, greeting others, serving others in any way, a genuine smile creates a magical environment.  A smile comforts others and opens up the doors of trust, communication, and connection.

For you see, being an Arthur Murray Man means being the leader that others are looking up to. I do not have the luxury of a bad day, a grumpy mood, a sour attitude. I must leave the negative behind and carry light so others may see.  Today I read a story of a teenager who created a flashlight that operated from the heat of the human hand. This could potentially change the lifestyle of many, many people who do not have electricity. We have to be that light for others, generated by the heat of our passion for life and service.

Arthur Murray on ShipThus, the reason for Lent. I am giving up my anger, my doubts, my grumpy moods, my darkness. What am I doing for Lent, sharing laughter, light, and life with others. Cleaning up my mouth from negative talk (and worrdie dirdies) and filling my voice with words of hope and affirmation. It will be a 40 day journey and I have taken the first step. Want to go with me?

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: When will all this hard work pay off?