Let Your Light Shine by Gabriela Young 7-13-15


Letting your light shine at Arthur Murray’s Unique Dance-O-Rama 2015

Whether this is your first or your 100th Arthur Murray Dance-O-Rama, there is no better experience than Unique Dance-O-Rama hosted at the beautifully renovated Hotel Irvine. Run by Steve and Georgetta Platt, this event is a “Unique” experience that will always keep you wanting more. From the amazing staff show spectacular, to the beautifully designed ballroom, to the dazzling dresses, and amazing dancing by both our professionals and our students, there is something for everyone at Unique.

Getting ready for a Ballroom competition, the competition itself, and post competition is always an emotional time and that’s okay! Before the competition there is going to be the excitement of meeting new friends, seeing old friends, showing off the routines and freestyles you’ve worked so hard on, and watching the amazing show. There are also the nerves of all the what if’s that could go wrong, which your instructor is already aware of and has a plan for each one (even if you don’t know it) so let them worry, this is a time for YOU to shine and enjoy!

Speaking of shining on the dance floor the one tip that I can give you as a judge is to just have FUN! It may seem silly, because it is a ballroom competition, but your instructor and yourself have worked hard to make sure those tiny details become muscle memory, and a reminder of those little things can help but don’t forget to have fun! As a judge the first thing I see is whether or not the couple dancing is enjoying themselves whether it is; Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha, Salsa, or even Tango. Smiling is a great way to catch our attention and helps us to enjoy your dancing too because remember you are performing. Having fun allows you to relax more so that your movements aren’t stifled, allows you to feel the timing and character of the music more, and allows you to . . . . have fun! Go out there and have the time of your life, let your light shine, have fun, and remember that Arthur Murray Santa Monica is proud of each and every student, you are already a champion in our eyes! If you don’t know us, say hi, you are already part of our family by being part of Arthur Murray.

Happy Dancing!

Gabriela Young

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

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No 29 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, July18th, 2014
How to say YES to dancing! It’s sometimes harder than you think!

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can
see nothing but sea.
— Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English Philosopher, Lawyer and Politician

As a studio manager, I have the privilege of enrolling most of our new students. Some have told me that they have thought of taking dancing lessons for many, many years. New students will tell me that they have dreamed of becoming a dancer, and now was the right time for them to begin. Some have “been at sea” for so very long that they just can’t see themselves dancing, even though they just tried it. Others are so happy that they will continue dancing for the rest of their lives.

Who would have ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt outside of his
immediate community if he had only half committed himself to what he
had undertaken, if he had brought only a part of himself to his task?
The great secret of his career has been that he has flung his whole
life, not a part of it, with all the determination and energy and
power he could muster, into everything he has undertaken. No
dillydallying, no faint-hearted efforts, no lukewarm purpose for him!
— Orison Sweet Marden (1850-1924) American Editor and Speaker

When you begin to dance, it will take some courage and a commitment of time and energy. The more you put into it, the quicker it becomes a more natural endeavor.

The four stages of learning:
The Initial Stage: when everything is new
The Awkward Stage: when everything feels uncomfortable
The Conscious Stage: when you know what it should be
The Natural Stage: You now have muscle memory and it’s easy to dance!

As you grow in your dancing, as you say YES to your dancing, you will always be going through some stage of learning with each of your favorite dances. It is a natural part of learning and part of the curve of learning that we all experience.

Say YES to your dancing. Is it taking the first lesson? Is it dancing your first competition or solo routine? Is it attending your first group class and dance party? Or, is it all the above? No matter which it is, take action, step on the floor and begin to move your body!

Women: become the best dancer, partner, and follower possible. Gentlemen: learn to be the best lead possible and become an expert in asking a lady to dance, holding a lady, giving a great lead and mastering the art of floor craft on the dance floor.

In my life, I am saying YES to my dancing. Even after 38+ years of dancing with Arthur Murray, I am still learning. The exercise I get from dance is so much more important to me now. The benefits of good posture, stamina, good breath and circulation are worth all the work. Also, my happiest times of the day are the times I am dancing with a partner. It seems that time stands still and I am whole in mind, body and spirit while moving with my partner to the music.

Let’s start planning out the rest of the year and planning your dancing through the next months. Stay tuned!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Getting Ready to Dance in the Fall and Winter!

How to Plan a Great Dancing Year!

No 4: Changing Lives through Dancing

DEW Good Photo 11-7-By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 17, 2014   (Today is our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!)

There are not secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.
— Colin Powell (1937-) American Military Leader and Diplomat


The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all,
the world needs dreamers who do.
— Sarah Ban Breathnack


Dream to Create the Future Victor Hugo 1-17-14 How to plan a great dancing year, prepare with hard work based on the knowledge we have gained from our past mistakes and successes.  Then Dream, but Dream and Do!


I have had a big dream, and I have taken big action.  Yes, a dream is a wonderful thing to have, but without the work behind it, it is like the morning mist that slowly fades away into past memories and is a thing of the past.


Have you ever had an idea and said “That’s brilliant!” and then promptly forgot it?  I have these life changing thoughts all the time, in fact, I have life changing dreams when I sleep. Now, I have paper and a pen close by.  Write down that amazing thought, that ground-breaking dream, that life-altering message that comes to you from above…then ACT on it.


How am I planning a great dancing year? Well, first I have spoken my goals to large groups of people, and today I spoke my goals to a large room full of my peers, and they were writing down my goals as I spoke, and our team leader is going to follow through with our words!  Wow, that’s a goal that has come alive and is now in the full light of day.


Then, I have a plan.  I must confess, that I am the biggest pain in the butt at the studio.  I am constantly speaking our goals…all day…all night…day after day…week after week.  And get this, I’m seeing our goals turn into reality.  Perhaps not as fast as I want, but I see the reality taking form from these great dreams. Just like Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird, we are rising from the ashes into a new golden bird of dreams come true.


Take your calendar and write in your next dance event. A private lesson, a group, a party, bringing a Guest, dancing in a competition, going to a Showcase, graduating from a dance, or just coming in to practice your favorite dance or perfecting your weakest dance.


Take someone with you. Let your teacher know what you want to do. Tell another dancer what you are planning. Make an announcement at a party that you are now competing and then perform a spotlight of what you are goinDream of Success Winston Churchill 1-17-14g to perform. Write a blog, post it on Facebook, just let someone know what you are doing and come out of your shell.


Now, get on the dance floor and make it happen. Chose your best song, put together your best moves, then dance, dance, dance and live your dream.


I’m not going to rust out, and I’m not going to wear out (I hope). I’m not going to sit on my derrier and wait for the sunset of my life to arrive.  I’m going out with a fight, dancing a jig, with a song in my heart.  Yes, plan a great dancing year and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Thank You!

David Earl Woodbury 

Next Week: Polish Your Dancing Skills With The Medalist System