More Passion than Problems 11-28-14

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No 47 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 28, 2014

More Passion than Problems

When I am dancing, I am happy and healthy. When I am dancing nothing hurts and there is no pressure in my life. Time stops when I dance, and when I continue to dance, time reverses and I get younger, healthier, and happier. Dancing is magic for me.

We all get report cards in many different ways, but the real
excitement of what you’re doing is in the doing of it. It’s not what
you’re gonna get in the end – it’s not the final curtain – it’s
really in the doing it, and loving what I’m doing.– Designer Ralph Lauren

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Now I dance for the fun of it. Even in competition, I just want to please my partner and the audience. I want them to love the dance as much as we do. The joy of dancing is what fuels me these days. Yes, there have been many, many lessons and shows and competitions to get me to this point, but here I am. Doing it because I love it.

Are you angry? Have you had a bad day, having troubles, fed up? Well, save it all up and come in and dance a Tango. Let it all out on the dance floor. Are you full of passion, come in and dance a Rumba or a Bolero. Dance the dance of love and put your feelings into the rumba motion. Need a lift, dance the Swing, need to relax, do the Waltz. No matter what you need, there is a dance to satisfy you in every way.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by
deserting our ideals.– Samuel Ullman

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Dancing will keep you young all your life! How many times have we seen young men panting after just a few dances, and on the dance floor is a couple in their 80’s dancing every dance of every set. They can Cha Cha, Waltz, Swing, and Salsa. They never get tired and they are the sweethearts of the dance floor. Young people have to stop from fatigue as they watch the older couple with amazement and envy.

I have danced with many, many older dancers who have the heart and soul of young lions. They have passion, drive, vision, and energy. They can dance many hours in the day and at night they want to dance some more. I have had children of my older students try to get them to quit their lessons. They were afraid their mom’s would go though their inheritance and live forever! Also, I’ve seen children who supported their elderly parents in their dancing, and the parents danced for many, many happy and healthy years. Their inheritance was the joy of seeing their parents so joyous and vigorous in their later years.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it’s not
going to go away.– Elvis Presley

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You want the truth? Dancing is fun, good for you, and will keep you mobile and in good health for a long time. Get to know someone who dances, then encourage them to dance for the rest of their lives.

David Woodbury

Next Week: Overcome Apathy with Enthusiasm

The Truth About Dancing 11-21-14

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No 46 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 21, 2014

The truth about dancing…It’s good for you!

When I am dancing, I am happy and healthy. When I am dancing nothing hurts and there is no pressure in my life. Time stops when I dance, and when I continue to dance, time reverses and I get younger, healthier, and happier. Dancing is magic for me.

We all get report cards in many different ways, but the real
excitement of what you’re doing is in the doing of it. It’s not what
you’re gonna get in the end – it’s not the final curtain – it’s
really in the doing it, and loving what I’m doing.– Designer Ralph Lauren

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Now I dance for the fun of it. Even in competition, I just want to please my partner and the audience. I want them to love the dance as much as we do. The joy of dancing is what fuels me these days. Yes, there have been many, many lessons and shows and competitions to get me to this point, but here I am. Doing it because I love it.

Are you angry? Have you had a bad day, having troubles, fed up? Well, save it all up and come in and dance a Tango. Let it all out on the dance floor. Are you full of passion, come in and dance a Rumba or a Bolero. Dance the dance of love and put your feelings into the rumba motion. Need a lift, dance the Swing, need to relax, do the Waltz. No matter what you need, there is a dance to satisfy you in every way.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by
deserting our ideals.– Samuel Ullman

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Dancing will keep you young all your life! How many times have we seen young men panting after just a few dances, and on the dance floor is a couple in their 80’s dancing every dance of every set. They can Cha Cha, Waltz, Swing, and Salsa. They never get tired and they are the sweethearts of the dance floor. Young people have to stop from fatigue as they watch the older couple with amazement and envy.

I have danced with many, many older dancers who have the heart and soul of young lions. They have passion, drive, vision, and energy. They can dance many hours in the day and at night they want to dance some more. I have had children of my older students try to get them to quit their lessons. They were afraid their mom’s would go though their inheritance and live forever! Also, I’ve seen children who supported their elderly parents in their dancing, and the parents danced for many, many happy and healthy years. Their inheritance was the joy of seeing their parents so joyous and vigorous in their later years.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it’s not
going to go away.– Elvis Presley

You want the truth? Dancing is fun, good for you, and will keep you mobile and in good health for a long time. Know someone who dances, then encourage them to dance for the rest of their lives.

David Woodbury

Next Week: More Passion than Problems

Keep Your Feet Moving 11-18-14 Gabriela Young

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Tip from Gaby

Today I am going to share one of the most memorable lessons my advanced teacher gave me while I was a student. I will never forget him telling me: “Gabriela if you just keep your feet moving to the rhythm of the dance you will never be wrong!” My understanding of this lesson was that if I kept shifting my body weight from foot to foot to a Slow Quick Quick rhythm, I was going to be able to keep up with him and the music while dancing a Rumba. That gave me peace of mind and the ability to follow him and not worry about my feet all the while being able to enjoy the music as I danced with him. So I dedicated my self to learning the Rhythm of the various dances I was learning with short practices of just shifting my body weight from foot to foot to that particular Rhythm. Life on the dance floor and at parties became much easier and less stressful.

Happy dancing everyone.

To Dance is to Live,

Gabriela Young

Give Somebody a Boost! 11-14-14

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No 45 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 14, 2014

Give Somebody a Boost!

Many people believe that support is something that you give to
someone you feel sorry for or that it means propping up someone who
would fail unless you were there to give him a boost. But that’s not
the way I see it. Support is the boost you can give someone who can
help himself but who needs a partner to open a window or push aside a
roadblock.– Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s

I had a student in Scottsdale, AZ many years ago. She was amazing. She spoke 6 languages and had traveled all over the world. She had lived through two world wars. Once, during the blitz, she left her husband and 3 children at home and went to the market. After the air raid, upon her return, she found that where her home had been was a huge crater. All had been lost. Later in the war, she parachuted out of planes and in the fields, built earthen ovens and baked bread for the soldiers.

With all her resources, education and life experience, she told me this, “You can only wear one coat at a time”. I never forgot her words. This was an amazing woman. She taught me what truly mattered in life.

Money is a “way of keeping score in life,” says T. Boone Pickens. But
that is just for those who like playing the game. The real goal is to
live with grace and dignity. You can do that with a small amount of
money…or not do it with a fortune.– Bill Bonner, financial journalist

There is much satisfaction in work well done, but there can be no
happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands.– Victor Robinsoll

Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time
and you’ve lost part of your life.– Michael Leboeuf

After 38 years with Arthur Murray, I am finding out that my call in life is now service. Giving back from the abundance that has been given to me over the years. An amazing thing is happening to me right now. I am finding that I am surrounded by others who thing, feel, and live the same way.

You are not happy because you are well.  You are well because you are
happy.  You are not depressed because trouble has come to you, but
trouble has come to you because you are depressed. You can change
your thoughts and feelings, and then the outer things will come to
correspond, and indeed there is no other way of working.– Emmet Fox

As I live this way, I am much, much happier in my life. My dark secret is that I have trouble with depression. Having lived through losing both parents and a partner in a very short time, I had trouble bouncing back. The truth is that I never really recovered. Yet, my balm is the happiness I experience through helping others.

It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.– Henry James

So, this is your exercise. Go help someone. Buy someone dinner. Call a sick friend. Volunteer for Thanksgiving. Visit the sick, call someone who has experienced a loss in their life. You’ll find that you won’t be able to think of your troubles while you are helping someone else. Then, the true joy of life will fill your hear and soul.

You can find on the outside only what you possess on the inside.– Adolfo Montiel Ballesteros

Love you all,

David Woodbury

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Tip From Gaby 11-12-14

Last week my tip was for the men to keep their right hand closed while on the lady’s back, this was not just for looks but to better support your partner while trying to lead.

This week’s tip is for the Ladies (followers).

When you feel that hand on your back, send some energy thru your back to that hand, they need to be able to feel you in their hand so they can guide you with more ease. This is called a connection, yay….

Now you’re ready to move as one. Happy dancing everyone.

To Dance is to Live,

Gabriela Young

Santa Monica One Year Anniversary 11-7-14

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No 44 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 7, 2014

Our One Year Anniversary

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

 

We’re open one year today!!!!!! Last year we taught our first lesson on November 7, 2013. Wow, it’s been an exciting year!

 

So let’s see. We started with just 3 keys, and that was it. No students, staff, furniture, floor, computers, music, phones, sign, etc. Now, we have an exciting school full of students and fabulous teachers.

 

We have made it though floods, more floods, and did I forget to say, more flooding on our new floor. We went through the hoops with Santa Monica and at last receiving our Franchisee from Arthur Murray International.

 

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We have been here with no lady instructors and sometimes no ladies at all. We’ve had just ladies and no men. We have danced at parties with just us, or 2 students. What a ride. Now, when I go to a party full of laughing, happy students and our wonderful staff, I get tears in my eyes. I am so thankful for where we are today.

 

We have gone through the fire and have arrived purified with the waters of purification and trials. We have been here with our partners and without our partners. Ups and downs. And now, our school has the “hum” that makes it magical for us all.

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I love coming to the studio. Every day I am at my best. Every day I think of how to become a better person, owner, manager, and man. Every day our studio pulls the best out of us and we grow stronger week by week. Would I trade any of this work….no, never. It has made me grow and has made me a grateful person.

 

Thanks to all who helped get us here. Thanks Robert and Christy Melgoza for enabling the smooth transition to our school. Thanks to Gabriela Young and Joel Rieck for holding it together this past year. Thanks St. Monica Parish, to Arthur Murray International, Inc. for all your help, guidance and support. Thanks to the DeBeve’s for your love. And to all our many mentors around the country, the world, our own City of Santa Monica, The Chamber of Santa Monica, Thank You!

 

I would not be here today without the charismatic parents who raised me. My mom’s creative Southern ways, and my dad, who was my life’s hero, who was a born leader and friend to all. Dad was my number one guide in life.

 

This Friday, we celebrate life, accomplishment, love, life, laughter, freedom, success and to a great present and a bright future!

Love you all,

David Woodbury

 

 

Tip from Gaby 11-4-14

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Tip from Gaby

I’m going to keep this nice and simple:

Gentlemen please keep your fingers closed when you have your right hand on the lady’s back. An open hand is

not very stylish. A small detail goes a long way!

Happy dancing everyone,

Gabriela Young