No 51 12-22-17 “I Love the Holidays”

No 51 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, December 22, 2017

I Love the Holidays!

We put up our Christmas tree Thanksgiving Day. Sent out our cards the next day. We knew that we would dance almost every day from then to Christmas Eve. Guess what? The days have been glorious. We have danced at many Arthur Murray Balls with hundreds of guest in attendance. We have participated in competitions, shows, graduations, dinners, celebrations and even our staff Marathon Day and staff party.

Our school has just won first place in our division for the international Tournament of Champions. Many months of preparation, many weeks of great lessons, groups, parties and events. We came out first place thanks to our great staff and wonderful students.

As for music, I have listened to hours and hours of Christmas music. I discovered the YouTube Christmas channels and my heart is in a constant state of singing. Music is life to me and these holidays have been full of all the classics, and even some new tunes! My mom, J. Clair, always said “Keep a little song in your heart!”

As for dancing, a lot of people have a very hard time during the holidays. With Arthur Murray I have the privilege of dancing through the entire season. It is an elixir to the blues, depression, loneliness, heartache, and stress. Now for 42 years I have danced through to the year’s end with great joy and happiness. I am the luckiest guy on the planet!

As for presents, Joel and I have a tradition. We serve at Christmas instead of giving presents. That means we are Hospitality Ministers at St. Monica Parish in Santa Monica. This year, because it is Sunday, we have 11 masses on the 24th. We will be serving the 7:30 AM, then return for the 6, 8, and 10 PM masses. It is glorious. We are Team Leaders for two of the four we are serving. We help organize our teams and say “Merry Christmas” hundreds of time to many, many smiling faces. We walk to and from mass and it is a magical experience from beginning to end.

It’s almost that special day of Christmas, and I have been happy the whole season. No time for the blues or feeling down. Just enough time to get to the next event, rest and eat a bit in front of the Christmas tree with Joel and the kitties, and lots and lots of dancing to make the holidays merry and bright. In my “spare” time, I am preparing for 2018 and planning a dream year of success for the upcoming year.

Love the holidays. Volunteer somewhere. Send some unexpected thank you notes. Visit an ill neighbor. Call someone you have not spoken to in a while. Take a friend some food. Reach out and the joy you will receive back will put you over the top.

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

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?

How many days to Christmas? 10-17-14

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No 41 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 17, 2014

When’s Christmas and Hanukkah?

Christmas is in 70 days and Hanukkah is in 64 days. I send out my Christmas cards November 28th and my Christmas tree goes up that weekend. I’m working weekly on my cards (which I make) and my mailing list. Time to purchase the gifts I send to those far away, and start planning the kitties’ stockings. The holidays are almost here!

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Why in the world am I writing about this now? Because 2015 will be here before we know it and January is one of the biggest months in our Arthur Murray calendar! We begin ‘Dancing With Our Stars’ benefit in January at St. Monica’s and January is also our biggest guest promotion month of the new year.

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Another reason is that I am passionate for the holidays is the music of the seasons. I love the familiar tunes and the classic music that I grew up with. I love the decorations at Disneyland and the “snow” that falls each night on Disney’s Main Street. I love sending out cards and messages to so many that I love and miss, and receiving cards from so many friends.

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I especially love the Arthur Murray calendar at this time of year. We have the Tournament of Champions, six weeks of great parties and activities. November is Graduation Medal Ball, December is the event of the year “Holiday Ball” and our new “Mistletoe Ball”.

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Sometimes the holidays are rough on us, but dancing with Arthur Murray makes the holidays a joy and a pleasure to experience. Then, January is a fantastic month to kick start the new year! Yes, Arthur Murray is the place to be October through December and into the New Year!

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived
the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.– Diane Ackerman

One of the many things I love about Arthur Murray is having some many things to look forward to! As the above quote says, I want to ‘do it all’ in my life. After 38 years of the Arthur Murray professional life (October 15, 1976), I still feel as if there is much, much more for me to experience and do. There will never be enough years of dancing for me!

Remember, the magnitude of your life is directly proportional to the magnitude of your thoughts – Dodinsky

How to make all this a reality in our lives? Read below!

Do what you love to do, and do it so well that those who come to see
you do it will bring others to watch you do it again and again.– Mark Victor Hansen

My goal is to have the friendliest, happiest, most active, and most hospitable Arthur Murray school in the world! This can only be achieved by living the dream. Being a good planner and being a master at follow through!

The greatest gift you will ever receive is the gift of loving and
believing in yourself. Guard this gift with your life. It is the only
thing that will ever truly be yours.– Tiffany Loren Rowe

Enjoy the holidays. Come dance with us and dance away the blues and dance in the joy. Laugh, feel good, and become that happy person that lives life in joy and eager anticipation of the coming day

Love you all,

David Woodbury