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David Earl Woodbury

No 25 Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Wright Brothers

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that
he can add to what he’s been given.
— Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Russian Dramatist and Writer

From the new book release, Birdmen, by Lawrence Goldstone, is the story of how the Wright Brothers changed the course of the world and the way we live, work, and travel. Goldstone’s book states that Wilbur, coming from the bicycle trade, “understood almost by instinct that stability, not propulsion or even life, was the crucial element of flight.” The Wright brothers met with failure after failure with insight and an ironclad resolve.

Their success in their first flight led to an aerial stampede of competition. Everyone was gunning for their own success. The first fatal air crash was in 1908, immediately followed by a pilot fatality every 10 days. The race was on.

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our
courage and strength.
— Anonymous

The Wright brothers had a dream, a vision, and a driving will to succeed. Oddly enough, aviation left the Wright brothers behind as they did not innovate and were not able to hold on to the limelight and stay in the public eye.

Today we go through security, take off our shoes and belts, empty our pockets, then pass through screening only to end up in a virtual shopping mall and rush to get our lattes at Starbucks. We do not know of the first exuberance of flying, or the glory days of having your roast beef sliced for you from the cart while wearing your best suit of clothes.

Today, our experience of flying is more of a necessity than a thrill, with long lines and cancelled flights and lost luggage.  Yet, it all began with a dream, a hope of doing the impossible, and seeing it through to reality. (I still think flying is a miracle and I love to watch the huge jets take off and land at LAX)

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes
men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think
is what makes men martyrs or reformers — or both.
— Elizabeth Charles (1828-96) British Writer

What is our dream, what seems impossible to us today? What can we make happen to change the world with our words and are we the new poets and reformers? I like to think that I am one of the reformers, one of the dreamers. The zeal to succeed courses through my veins, sometimes feeling like a fire in my soul.  My dreams are so real I can touch, feel, and taste them. They are so real to me that I often miss when a vision truly turns into a reality.

Reading of the Wright brothers makes me feel more “normal”. I don’t feel as if I am too passionate or driven by my visions, goals, hopes and dreams. At 58, I feel I must make each moment count and release all the creativity that is inside of me now, and continue forward to making a way not just for myself, but for opening doors for others.

Next Friday is July 4th. Let’s give thanks for our nation, our freedom, and remember that during the war years, Swing was King and dancing helped keep our spirits up. Next week, we salute Independence Day!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Happy Independence Day! July 4th!









I Think You’re Going to Make It! 6-20-14

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David Earl Woodbury
No 24 Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I Think You’re Going to Make It!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared
to what lies within us.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The greatness inside of you is ready to come out. The leader, the mentor, the confident person full of self esteem. That fantastic part of you is ready to take over your life and lead you to greatness. What lies within you is powerful and is ready to emerge and come to the light.

We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own
faults than by trying to correct theirs.
— Francois Fenelon (1651-1715) French Roman Catholic Theologian

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To “Get to the Top” first we must “first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. Matthew 7:5 NIV. I am a solution finder and I always see how things could be done better and more efficiently. Sometimes I see the faults in others before I am first changing my own downfalls and problems in my own life. We can make it, but first we must make the first changed and lead others through example and not criticism (not easy for me to do).

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In order to MAKE IT, let’s review the following statement:

We shall not flag or fail. We shall fight in France, we shall fight
in the seas or oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and
growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the
cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the
landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we
shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. – speaking in the
House of Commons on British resistance to the Nazis, June 1940
— Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Politician

Perhaps the world would be different had Winston Churchill not made this speech. The recent movie, The Monument’s Men, showed that by the courage and valor of just a few men, most of the priceless art of Europe was rescued and returned the art to the rightful owners. The will to fight and never surrender is what will help us make it through the day.

Never give up, never give in, You are going to make it!

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Thank You, (Yes, these are my sweet cats!)

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Make the Summer a Dancing Summer!

Zouk – A New Dance! 6-17-14

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Dear Gaby

Tip from Gabriela Young,

Something you may not know about Arthur Murray dance instructors is that we take dance lessons too! I have been teaching dance for 34 years and last weekend I drove all the way to Riverside to take Zouk lessons.

This is one of the new club dances emerging from Brazil here in America. Yes, this is a new dance for me and I have to say that I am loving Zouk. It is a combination of Samba, Salsa, and a touch of Bolero danced to what sounds to me like Rigatoni. It has a soft quality and girls get to feel very feminine. Hey guys, this is a sexy dance!

Tip of the week:
Variety is the spice of life, I know you have heard people say that and to me it’s so true when it comes to dancing.
While mastering a current dance is great, learning a new dance one is even more fun.
Zouk is waiting for you…

Happy dancing everyone

To Dance is to Live!

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

Friday the 13th June 2014

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David Earl Woodbury

No 24 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday the 13th! June 2014

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of
courage and true progress.– Nicholas Murray Butler

2014-06-11 16.08.31 Pam O’Connor, Mayor of Santa Monica

Optimism, on Friday the 13th? Why yes! In fact, this has been a glorious week for our Arthur Murray Dance Center. We had a fantastic ball last Sunday, our fantastic coach Jessica Holty on Tuesday, the unforgettable Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner Wednesday, Staff Auditions Thursday, Finale Party today, and our first booth at the Santa Monica Festival all day Saturday the 14th! Wow and yes, optimism.

What’s gone, and what’s past help, Should be past grief.– William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English Playwright

2014-06-11 18.04.18Julia Ladd, Incoming Chair 2014 for Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Congratulations!

At the Fairmont Wednesday for the Santa Monica Chamber, we had so many doors open for us. A project for National Dance Day, a Chamber Mixer at our Studio, New West Symphony connection, and many, many new ideas for 2015. I think these doors are labeled “Service” and we are invited to walk through them. There are so many who need energy, and there are so few who generate that energy. Thank you to Santa Monica Chamber for being the power suppliers in motivating so many people.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. Luke 12:48 KJV

2014-06-11 17.59.53Laurel Rosen, President and CEO of Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. We love you Laurel!

What is our job in life? What are we to do with the talents and gifts that have been given to us? What are we to do with the trust others have placed in us? The answer is to be accountable to give back that which has been given to us. After 38 years with Arthur Murray Dance Centers, my whole life is now giving back to all those who have invested so much time, faith and energy into making my life successful.

So, today is Friday the 13th. I guess I’d better count up 13 blessings to my blessing list. My life is rich and I only hope to have an even clearer vision as opportunities come my way. Just give me the strength and I’ll put in the heart and soul to make it happen!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Make the Summer a Dancing Summer!







The Benefits of Coaching Sessions 6-10-14


Gabriela Young


Tip from Gaby

If you have never had coaching on your dancing I highly recommend you do so!

Most of our students benefit in ways they could not imagine. When you have a coaching it’s like getting the Tiger Woods of golf to help you with your dancing goals.

It’s like having ten sessions in one session. You will gain focus and reach your dancing goals in a jiffy.

This week we have Jessica Holty in our studio for a day of coaching.

She is a w

orld class competitive dancer, choreographer

and an amazing teacher.

So my tip is if you have never tried it, I highly recommend you do so.

Have a great week and see you on the dance floor!

To Dance is to Live!

Thank You,

Gabriela Young