12-26-14 New Year’s Resolutions – David Woodbury

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No 52 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Year’s Arthur Murray Resolutions!

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She
said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and
worked hard and done the best that is within you.  Success is being
praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying.
Always aim for achievement and forget about success.– Helen Hayes (b. Brown) (1900-1993) American Stage/Film Actress

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage
unless you’re scared.– Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973) American Aviator and Business Executive

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a
section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.– Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) Military Commander and 34th US President

What do I want in 2015? I want to be a better person and be able to help others achieve their goals. I have been given to ability to train, teach, write, motivate, dance, organize and generally have so much energy that I think sometimes I’m going to burst!

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I know how to set goals and make them come true. These 39 wonderful years with Arthur Murray I have been surrounded by the best dancers, instructors, franchisees, and overall mentors that call our company home. Now, my circle of mentors are all the greatest leaders, advisers, and motivators in the world. All I have to do is look around in a circle and I am surrounded by those who say “Yes, you can realized your dreams” Believe and your will achieve your goals” “Work hard, train hard, and enjoy great success” “Give back to others and become a mentor to others”.

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My New Year’s Resolution first to take better care of my health, so that I may be of better service to others. Secondly, to watch what enters my mind and thoughts and realize that my thoughts become my realities. Thirdly, to continue studying the great motivational works of others and continue learning leadership from their example. Lastly, to live my life through a life of service and giving back with the great gifts that have been entrusted to me.

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On Christmas Eve, I had an epiphany. I realized that all the many, many masses that I have attended that had blessed me so, that there was an army of volunteers making sure my experience was perfect. There was someone who provided a clean and comfortable place to worship, someone who greeted me at the door and gave me a song sheet and ushered me to a seat. Someone who passed a basket for my offering and then “magically” was a steward of that money. There was a choir, there were musicians, there were lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. Someone (a couple of hundred) had decorated the church. There was a homily given and someone somewhere led me to communion. There was someone at the door to give me an inspirational booklet, a smile, and a special salutation.

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For decades of my life I took all that for granted, and now I am called to serve and be a leader. That calling is not just for worship, but to serve at our Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, lead our fantastic Arthur Murray Dance Center in Santa Monica, be the best Guest Director for Arthur Murray Int’l, Inc.! The need to be an example for young people is critical in today’s world. Young people are looking for answers and they need to see leaders who not only have the answers, but are examples of how to live as leaders.

These goals start today. I am calling you to switch from that person sitting in the pew where I sat for years. Stand up, look around, find the leader who is in charge and walk up to them. Say this “May I help out?” and your world will change, this I promise you. Thanks Dan Schwala, my brother!


David Woodbury

Next Week: Have the Greatest Year in Your Life!

The Holidays 12-23-14 Gabriela Young


Tip from Gaby

“The Holidays”

It seems like at this time of year a lot of people start to feel sick maybe even a little tired and overwhelmed by all the things that have to get done, timeout guys!

Dancing this time of year provides good health from over eating so you don’t feel tiered it might even make you feel better when you have the sniffles. Frustrated? Take it out on your “Tango”, need to laugh dance a “Swing” just want to relax maybe a nice

“Rumba” or “Waltz”. If you come in and dance a little, you will take all the holiday frustrations out of your life.

Dancing doesn’t fix everything but it sure makes the world a lot happier and

a better place to be!

Happy Holidays and Happy dancing!

Gabriela Young

Love the Holidays with Arthur Murray 12-12-14

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No 49 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 12, 2014

Love the Holidays with Arthur Murray

Last Sunday we had the Holiday Ball with over 600 dancers and a live wonderful band. Santa came. We sang the 12 Days of Christmas and it was a Toys for Tots benefit! What fun!

We had Agnes Kazmierczak coaching in our studio yesterday. She is one of the featured star dancers on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. What an amazing day in Santa Monica. We broke the record for most lessons taught in a single week. Our students and staff were amazing!

This Sunday is the Mistletoe Ball hosted by the Beverly Hills Arthur Murray Studio. I can’t wait to dance in the historic Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. All the fabulous decorations, the dance competition, the ball and the pro show. Wow!

Next week is in preparation for Bonus Day for our staff, our staff holiday party, our preparation for January Guest Month ending with the Santa Monica Showcase on January 30th.

Yes, dancing through the holidays with Arthur Murray Santa Monica is FUN and EXCITING! I love the holidays with Arthur Murray. We have so much to look forward to and these exciting events come to us one after the other.

The holidays are not such an easy and joyful time for all. A student friend of mine recently ended up in the ER from heart related problems caused by stress. They were so pressured that the burden overtook them and off to hospital they went. My friend told me on my get well card to heed this wisdom “Don’t let the pressure get to you” “Pace yourself” These are words that I took to heart!

Sometimes the holidays hold rough memories, times of loss and grief. The stress of presents, cards, obligations, work and family pressures can just ruin your whole season. It seems that the people with the most energy are asked to do the most and there is a breaking point even with them.

The solution to all this, come in and dance the blues away. Alone, not when you are dancing with your Arthur Murray family. Sad, not around our wonderful teachers and executives and franchisees. Need something to look forward to, Arthur Murray is full of opportunities to grow and dance and become a superstar!

I think magic is something we all have and we have the ability to create this magic day to day. We can turn a blue day into a day of joy and opportunity. We’ll all get nostalgic during the holidays, yet the old saying goes “The best things happen when you are dancing”. That’s true!

So, enjoy your holidays, no matter how you celebrate them and remember to “Put a Little Fun In Your Life, Try Dancing!


David Woodbury


Next Week: What is your New Year’s Dancing Resolution?

Overcoming Apathy with Enthusiasm


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No 48 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 5, 2014

Overcome Apathy with Enthusiasm

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused
by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm;
and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into
action.– Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)

I’m excited about life. I’m excited about dancing. I love our Arthur Murray Dance Center. I’m excited about serving at my parish. I’m excited about helping our staff and students and my partners. There is so much opportunity around me that I feel like I am about to explode when I think of what is possible around me.

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Nothing is more endangered in the modern world than the powerful
combination of hard work toward meaningful goals joined with an
exuberant embrace of the present moment.– Tom Morris

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Today, the expression “Hard Work” is often met with frowns. Those who scoff at diligent labor are often the ones who are successful from the labors of those who have come before them who gave their all, sacrificed and lived a focused life of goals and vision. There is nothing wrong with working very hard and achieving great goals in life! In fact, it is fun and very rewarding and full of excitement!

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I think sometimes my enthusiasm is seen as childish to others. I love to laugh, cry, plan for the future and I always must have something to look forward to. I love every opportunity to celebrate something, especially when it involves dancing and lots of fun with others. It’s OK to be a little childish, to laugh a little and as my mom always said, “Keep a little song in your heart!”.

A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on
the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of
continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves
in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention.– Aldous Huxley

The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.– Mencius (371-291 B.C.)

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If I had to not be enthusiastic, I would bust a gut! I cannot be quiet. Life is exciting and fun. It is full of challenges, bends and twists in the road, and lots of challenges. This is not a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. Be excited and enthusiastic. I have seen 80 year olds with more energy than some 20 year olds. The octogenarians have more to be happy about because they have made it for so many years.

Exercise: Count your blessings and list what you love the best in your life. Sit down with a cup of tea and just ponder on the good things in your life. Friends, family, health, security, ambition, ability, opportunity, faith, eagerness, natural abilities. List everything you can think of as a blessing and then close your eyes and rest in a moment of thankful peace. Try it; you’ll be glad you did.

When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally
get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life
here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and
elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our
brief but intrinsic participation with it. (From her biography of
naturalist Eustace Conway.)– Elizabeth Gilbert

David Woodbury

Next Week: Love the Holidays with Arthur Murray!

Gaby’s Tea Bags 12-2-14


Tip From Gaby 12-2-14

I found this really great tip I wanted to share with you this week.

Take a tea bag and put it inside your shoe dance bag with your dance shoes.

It works miracles to get rid of ordors that you don’t want from your shoes.

I have tried it in the staff locker room and it really works.

Happy dancing everyone!