Dear Gaby: The Use of Arms 4-29-14

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Gabriela Young – Coach, Judge, Franchisee


Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Tip from Gaby
Rhythm dancing
A question many students ask is what do I do with my arms? Well, if you’re not in closed dance position with your arms up, one of my favorite arm movements is the way you would beat on a drum, okay an air drum! However, it’s not just about using the arms on their own , if you put your back into it, your whole body will start to get engaged. Arms without use of your back tend to feel and look a little disjointed.
Thank you to David Woodbury for this reminder on the use of arms.

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

Winner of Most Loved in Santa Monica 4-25-14

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David Earl Woodbury
No 18 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, April 25, 2014

Winners Most Loved in Santa Monica.

Smile Trio

This past week we were runner up for Most Loved Vibe in Santa Monica sponsored by Buy Local. What an honor to win after being open just 4 short months! Thank you Santa Monica and to all who voted for us!

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your
soul; the blue prints of your ultimate accomplishments. — Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American Motivational Speaker

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Our Arthur Murray Dance Center has also been recognized as a top Guest Getter school and Joel Rieck is one of the top specialists and guest getter in the world for Arthur Murray!

Good Trio

Thank you to Gabriela Young for the expertise of dance that you bring to Santa Monica. Gabriela is a member of the National Dance Board and is a highly recognized judge in the world of dance. Thanks for inspiring us all with your love and passion of dance!

Time Magazine recently recognized Santa Monica as the new “Silicon Beach” and we are so happy to be in the heart of Santa Monica to bring the magic of dance as an Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Center! Come in all you tech guys and gals and we’ll show you how to relax with the best lifestyle in the world, Ballroom and Social Dancing!

As for our hopes and dreams, we are on our way to being one of the top Arthur Murray Centers in the world. Hang on as we grow and set the standard of service and dance in Santa Monica and the world! Arthur Murray is truly the best place to be right now!

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As for me, your writer, I have been filled with a new sense of hope and a renewed dream for our studio. We have everything ahead for us and all the training and resources to bring the magic of dance to hundreds of men, women, couples, and youth here in Santa Monica and throughout the West Side.

Remember to look at your dreams often and fuel them with passion and don’t forget the hard work as well. Keep on Dancing!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury
Remember, I’m never too busy for your Guest Referral!

Next Week: Being a Dream Maker!

4-22-14 Add the “Romance” to your Dancing!

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Gabriela Young

4-22-14 Earth Day!

Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Tip from Gaby

Last week I recommended dances for Fitness.
This week, I am recommending dances to put
some romance and mojo back in your life.
Top of the list is RUMBA, this dance will bring out your inner
Goddess or Masculinity depending which side of the dance your on.
Nothing says LOVE like Bolero, how about Bachata to add that extra flirt to your dance and if you’re looking for Passion, Tango is your dance!
Is in it exciting to know that these dances can transform your way of expression?
So let’s get our sexy on , let’s dance!

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

4-18-14 Happy Passover Happy Easter!

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With Mr. Masters and Joel Rieck in Miami!
David Earl Woodbury
No 17 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, April 18, 2014
Good Friday – Passover

You can have anything you want — if you want it badly enough. You
can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish
if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is
going.– David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) American, University President, Author

Now is the time to understand more, so we fear less. — Marie Curie, Polish Scientist and Nobel Prize Winner

Not the owner of many possessions will you be right to call happy: he
more rightly deserves the name of happy who knows how to use the
Gods’ gifts wisely and to put up with rough poverty, and who fears
dishonor more than death.– Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet

Easter Bunnies

The above are some reflections from the past 40 days of fasting and prayer. I wish you all a happy weekend no matter what faith you are or how you celebrate life in your hearts. All are welcome and peace to you all.

This has been a rough Lent for me. I asked God to take away anger in my heart and to stir up my soul and spirit and renew me. As I drove past St. Monica’s on my way to the studio today I realized that yes I had been shaken, but to take away faults in my heart and life…that is up to me, and to me alone.

I do have passion in my life and singleness of purpose. I do know where I am going. I am understanding more and fearing less. Yes, I acknowledge God’s gifts and put up with fearing dishonor more than death. Yet, the way is not easy and the road is not always smooth.

Happy Passover

God is not a short order cook. Who do I think I am to take the menu of life and say “I want this today God, and I want it MY WAY”. Well, that just doesn’t work.

Why has this Lent been so hard for me? I think it is because I took a stand in my life regarding faith and service and fully came out with my beliefs. That stance is always followed by many challenges and trials and tests to see if we are sincere and truthful. I have fallen short and I have much to learn and a long way to go.

Take a pause on this Good Friday, this end of Passover and reflect on your life and your hopes and dreams. From my heart to yours, I wish you a great moment of peace, hope and love. A pause that will give you strength and sustain you and empower you to realized the greatness that lives within you. (Don’t eat too many Peeps!)

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: A Life of Service – To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. — Donald A. Adams

Dear Gaby: Recipe for losing weight 4-15-14

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Gabriela Young


Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Tip from Gaby

Recipe for losing weight: Swing Lindy Hop, Samba, Cha Cha , Salsa (not the kind you eat LOL), Quick Step, Two Step. These dances will keep your heart rate up.
If you want to lose weight, I recommend adding these dances to your repertoire coupled with health eating,
You will lose weight, get more muscle tone and your heart will love you for it!
Let’s get fit.

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

4-11-14 Entrepreneur, Manager or Technician…Who Are You?

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David Earl Woodbury

No 16 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, April 11, 2014
Entrepreneur, Manager, or Technician?


There was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race
or catching a football, competing in school — we were to try. And we
were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and
none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best.– Senator Robert F. Kennedy, in a tribute to his father, Joseph P. Kennedy


This blog comeLight Bulb 4-7-14s to you as we are in Miami, Florida for the Arthur Murray International Franchisee Convention. We are having our keynote speaker, Michael E. Gerber speak on his book, “The E Myth”. What an inspiring read. It truly describes the world of the franchised business and how it all works. It covers a business being in infancy, to adolescence, to adult maturity as a successful venture.


The three types of franchisees listed in the book are the Entrepreneur, the Manager, the Technician. The entrepreneur is the band leader, moving forward with vision and creativity. The manager is the planner who keeps everything in line and does not crave change. The Technician is the doer who lives in the present, not too much thinking, worried about how to do something even though that something doesn’t need to be done at all.


Whether these three qualities are all in the same person, or if one quality is in one person, or there are three people who embody each characteristic, they all DO exist in business and must be dealt with.


Our studio is so new. We are just moving to pull-ups from being infants. We can see adolescence ahead for us, and some moments are maturity also manifesting in our studio. Our partnership is divided into these exact three divisions.


The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do,
something to love and something to hope for.– Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Writer

role-of-ManagersI am the Entrepreneur. My whole life is dreaming of the future, what we can and will become. Visualizing the studio in its adult stage and all the wonderful ways we are going to get there. My dreams are so real that I can taste them and feel them. Yes, I can be the manager (I hate sitting and doing some of the things I must do) and yes, I am able to have singular vision and get specific things done, things that must be done.


The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for
doing them.– Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893) British Theologian and Classicist


What is my perfect dream? A studio full of happy dancing students. Many, many male students so our ladies have someone to dance with. Many, many happy couples so we have that connection and partnership in our school. And all the fabulous ladies who make our studio such a beautiful place.


technician 4-7-14A studio that sets the standards of excellence is our goal. A school that the example of how to do it right in every way. Having the top Guest School for Arthur Murray in the world. A school full of excitement from the moment we walk in to the moment we leave at night. I can hear the laughter of our great school full of lessons all day and a happy staff, and happy students. Yes, I have a vision of our school and what it will become.


We are beginning now to realize some of our mature dreams with guests and our many new fantastic students. Our staff is amazing and I love spending the days training and mentoring them. My partners are outstanding and they bring so many great gifts to making our studio a championship school.


Who are you in life? I hope you are the dreamer, the visionary, the magician in your life!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The End of Lent, April 18 and 19.

Tips for Gentlemen 4-11-14

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Gabriela Young



Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Tip of the day: Women love a man who can dance

Despite what you may think, dancing is going to sneak up on you in some sort of social situation whether you like it or not, like at a party. There will be music. There will be dancing. What will you be doing? Well, you should be DANCING, because a man that can dance is more attractive to a woman!

So relax, guys! Dancing is fun! Dancing is exciting! Dancing can show a girl what a great partner you can be in all types of situations.

So guys don’t worry, this is why the dance god’s created the Arthur Murray Dance Studios, so we can help guide you and teach you with those cool moves, like the smoothness of Foxtrot, Waltz and the passionate Tango, adding the romantic Rumba or sexy Salsa or fun Swing.

So what do you say? Don’t be a wallflower!!
Show the ladies that you are not only the calm, cool, and collected man she is looking for, but that you have great dance moves too… shall we dance?

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young