Call Me Arthur 5-30-14

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No 22 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, May 30, 2014

Call Me Arthur!

Many times I am out and someone comes up to me and says “Hi Arthur”. Also, I receive emails addressed to Arthur. Why, because I am always giving out Guest Cards for Arthur Murray. Someone recently said that I say Arthur Murray too much and give too much credit to our company. But how can I not after 38 years of dancing and living the magical life of a dancer and choreographer and studio owner. Yes, Arthur Murray is “THE PLACE” to be!

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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always
difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are
right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end,
requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has
its victories, but it takes brave men to win them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Poet and Essayist

Yes, it takes courage to succeed and grow in life. The challenge that I am facing now is staying the same man full of joy and laughter and not letting challenges change me. Read this story shared with me by my great friend and mentor, Jacques DeBeve:

About George Bernard Shaw:
He was asked by a young reporter, in his later years, “Mr Shaw,
You’ve known so many influential people through the years…Poets,
composers, theologians, politicians, scientists, etc. If you could
bring back anyone, whom you’ve admired from the past, & spend
some time with them, who would it be?”

Mr Shaw said, “I’d like to bring back the man I used to be.”

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How to remain true to ourselves and keep that song in our hearts? Awaken with a purpose and go through the whole day knowing that it will be great. My friend Martin Barthold shared his voice mail message with us “Every day is a perfect day”. He went on to say that if we truly believe that every day is perfect, someday it truly will be perfect. Also, Martin quoted this: “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better”. What a great challenge. When I asked him what I could do to repay him for his kindness to me, he asked me to not be defensive and to always have a heart of gratitude for what I have in my life. This is a payment I have promised to give him!

A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we
ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me
make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught! — Thomas A. Kempis

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My life does have purpose and I must always awaken with a heart of gratitude for what has given to me. Yes, I am always proud when someone calls me Arthur. They know I have had the greatest lives with a fantastic organization.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Wright Brothers.

Time for a Re-Set in Your Life 5-22-14

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David Earl Woodbury

No 21 Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, May 23, 2014

Time for a “Re-Set” in your life!

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected
without trials. — Chinese proverb

Sometimes we ourselves are the only scripture or inspirational text others will ever read. To some, we are the only “owner’s manual” of life that they will read. We are the “how to” instructions for the software of life. Our words, actions, and behaviors are the “Google” of how to live to many of those around us.

What a responsibility and opportunity. For me, I live, worship, and work within a one mile radius. I see our Arthur Murray student family sometimes when I walk out my door for a run, walking down the street, in the market (tip: dress better at Von’s), in restaurants, on a date. Sometimes I am a Hospitality Minister at St. Monica’s Parish and I am assisting a student. Sometimes I am a Eucharistic Minister giving communion to an Arthur Murray student.

How do I live my life? I have to be the same person at all times. The joy of life and a smile are becoming more and more important to me as our Arthur Murray Dance Center continues to grow.

Who are my mentors who teach me this? I see my life guides often, and they are always the same great people, same great attitudes, same great leaders all the time. They never let me down, and I see them in all types of situations. I strive to be that same great man all the time.

How do we keep a smile while we are being polished by friction in life, as we are going through trials? I learned from my great partner Jim, that “It will get better” as we live. Having been someone who has been through the “Dark Night of the Soul”, I mistakenly thought that this was a one-time event in life. That is not the case. As we drive through the mountains, we often enter and exit tunnels that enable us to drive to our destinations. The tunnels enable us to travel from one great place to the next.

If we do not know the route, sometimes the tunnels come upon us unexpectedly.

We don’t know how long the tunnel will last, yet, we know there is an end and we will once again enter the light.

The Lærdal Tunnel in Norway is the world’s longest road tunnel, it’s length is 15.1 miles. The Seikan Tunnel in Japan has a 14.5 mile long portion under the seabed. In today’s world of modern marvels, we can engineer tunnels that will connect us and save us time. Perhaps in our lives, we can “engineer” ourselves to know how to go through the tunnels of trials that strengthen our lives and learn to manage them.

If we want change in our lives, we must be the catalysts to make it happen. We must become self-starters and leaders and guides to those who are unable to get through their dark tunnels. Be a good life engineer and put light in your tunnel and use it as a pathway to great changes for you and for others.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Why everyone loves to dance!

Tips from Gaby 5-20-14 Partnership Dancing!

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Gabriela Young


Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Tip from Gaby

When it comes to partnership dancing, looking someone in the eyes goes a long way.

Yesterday while hosting a singles event at the studio

I noticed how difficult it was for some of the men and woman to look into the eyes of the person they were dancing with! Now, I know that it is difficult to learn a step and at the same time be aware of the person you are learning the step with, however this is called partnership dancing for a reason.

You are not alone the minute you touch someone else; you are communicating with them. It does not matter if your eyes are screaming that you have no clue what you’re doing, the main thing is, that you are saying we are in this dance together. This is why I love partnership dancing, because you are never alone!

So next time you’re in class or at a dance, stop looking at your feet, they are still attached to the rest of your body.

Try looking at your partner’s eyes. They will not only appreciate you for it, they will probably have more fun with you on the dance floor!

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,

Gabriela Young




How to strengthen your feet and ankles May 13, 2014

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Tip From Gaby:

How to strengthen your feet and ankles:

First we have to know that we have the use of our feet and ankles available to us, I know that sounds funny
however many of us don’t realize how we can use them.

But I will say that the use of feet and ankles is essential and key not only to look good but also for balance and control.
Find a set of stairs and something you can balance on like a handrail, put the balls of your feet on the edge of the stairs, heels off,
start to raise your heels up as high as you can and hold the position for a moment then repeat, how many times is up to you.

As you improve on your balance with this exercise you will let the handrail go, now try balancing with your arms up hold a frame on the top and again up and down.
Soon you will have your own balance and you’ll be looking great with feet and ankle control.

Have fun with this exercise and remember a little goes a long way.

Gabriela Young