02 The Light of Life 1-13-17

No 2 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 13, 2017

troy-walking-down-the-street My Dad, Troy D. Woodbury, Sr.

The Light of Life!

As I wrote last week, each morning I visualize and meditate.  Sometimes I am surrounded by the waters of life that heal and energize me with new life, a new heart, and a new mind.

Then, there are times a bright light is shining on me, in me, through me, around me. The light is a powerful beam that goes through my mind, body and spirit. This is what I often see during my meditations and this light has healed me many times.

As the light shines through me, I have seen a black box, sometimes two. One black box is darkness. The other black box is anger, and there is a box with a huge pile of the cares and burdens of the day piled high in it.

Then the light shine throughout my body and finds any illness and heals it. If there is anything in my heart that is not right, the light finds the boxes of darkness and opens and releases its contents. The dark boxes open and the darkness flies out like black crows. The anger box disappears in the light and the light become forgiveness. The pile of burdens evaporates and I am left filled with pure light.

This flooding of light happens many times in my morning meditation. It is funny, I watch it happen as if someone else was doing all this to me. Sometimes I am in control of the light and where it shines. Sometimes it has a life of its own. In any case, the light is powerful and if full of healing powers.

I’ve come into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me won’t remain in the darkness. John 12:46 NIV

If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light. Luke 11:36 NLT

In dancing you always know the dancers who have light and life. They are radiant. They smile at each other and at the audience and the other dancers. They look as if they are having fun and they show that they enjoy their dancing. They are not fighting with each other. Dancing with light goes a long way.

Let this blog encourage you. Let your light shine!

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!













Keep on Trying! 8-12-16


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No 33 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, August 12, 2016

Keep on Trying!

“But try,” you urge, “the trying shall suffice; The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!”- Robert Browning

Do you ever want to give up? What a horrible question from me a motivator. You might be saying, “Oh, never. How could you ever ask that!” Well, I have been discouraged before and still experience challenges when it comes to keeping my Try-O-Meter on high every day.

Sometimes I see the road as long and I feel as if I’m driving through the desert! My personality is that I live for success. I am a successful person. I know how to make it happen and I’m a hard worker. Every day I only see opportunities to grow and realize my dreams. That way of thinking is the only way for me.

Many dancers who are in the top 6 have arrived because they never gave up. They started off as new pros and competed many, many times until they worked their way up from quarter finals, semi-finals, to the finals to being in the top three, to winning! They weathered all the wins and losses and never let go of their dreams. Then at the top, they continue to train and strive for success and perfection in their dancing. They then help the other new dancers on their paths of success as champions.

“The saints are the sinners who keep on going.”- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish Novelist

Because I am Southern, and from Southern parents, I always feel guilty. I always know that I am be biggest sinner of them all and undeserving sometimes. My mother’s middle name was “I’m sorry” and she was always apologizing for everything all the time.  It’s a thing from the South, but it never goes away. Not that my mom and didn’t know how to laugh and enjoy life, we just felt a bit guilty because we laughed so hard and often!

Weather I am a saint or a sinner, weather I deserve what I have or not, I just keep on going and I don’t give up. I cannot stand quitters and I just will never throw in the towel. Success comes to those who make it to the end, and they keep the success because it was fought for and was won in the battle of life.

“Remember that if the opportunities for great deeds should never come, the opportunities for good deeds are renewed day by day. The thing for us to long for is the goodness, not the glory.” – F.W. Faber

Not going for the glory is tough for me. I love the spotlight and the fame. Yet, many of the stars I know in my life are also the nicest people on the planet and they have maintained their goodness with their greatness. I love the fact that opportunities are renewed day by day, and that each new day is a new beginning.

If you read my blogs, I just pour out my heart that we have to all keep going in our lives and not give up. Why, because when we succeed, we carry someone with us over the finish line and help them to finish. At the end of a 5K or 10K race, tired and spent, you will see everyone sprinting to the end and they want to pass everyone running up to the huge FINISH sign.  It’s funny, at the end of a race, everyone is smiling for the keepsake photo, no matter how you feel, there is a big smile, then as you walk through the finish line, someone puts a medal around your neck and you truly feel great. You made it!

Please don’t give in or give up. I know that I am taking others with me on the road to success and I just cannot give into anything but the fact that we ALL are going to make it in our lives.

Put your arms out and “bring a friend” to the finish line in their life. You’ll find it’s worth every step of the way!

Keep On Dancing!

David Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com (email me if you like my blogs!)

Turn Your Dreams Into Reality 4-17-15

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No 16. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, April 17, 2015

Turn Your Dancing Dreams into Reality

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the
conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my
talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
— Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American Physicist

Einstein had it right when it came to making dreams come true. Do you think you’re not talented? Do you have ability or rhythm? Did someone tell you you’re a terrible dancer and that you can’t learn. Well, listen to this. First, the body has a natural rhythm. Put your right hand over your heart and feel, “boom, boom – boom boom”. Your heart has a natural rhythm. Notice while you are listening to your heart, you are breathing, “we-hoo, we-hoo, we-hoo, we-hoo.”  You’re a walking, breathing one-man-band! Yes you have rhythm, and ability naturally.

Secondly, did you walk today and not fall down (I don’t always do that)? Did you drive today? Well, if you can drive in LA, you can dance. Give yourself some credit, dancing is natural and you CAN learn how to dance, and have a lot of fun learning!

Don’t give up!

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
— Margaret Thatcher, (1925-2013)  British Prime Minister

I have known dancers who picked up immediately, and lost it immediately. I have seen dancers who can see a step and can execute it perfectly. Then, there’s me! My first dance teacher told me, “David, you’re a slow forgetter”. I have always loved the fact that she told me that. It takes me forever to get something, and I never forget it (hopefully).

This is one of my favorite quotes:

Persistence, by Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are alone omnipotent.

“Press On!” has been and always will be the answer to every human problem.

Never ever give up. Never think you day is coming, for it may be coming right now, this day! I tell my staff this, keep on going. You haven’t learned the lesson you were meant to learn for this situation. This is hard for me, I have no patience, ever, yet I have seen this come true in my own life and the lives of others. When God closes a door, He opens a window. Just stay true to your hopes and dreams.

Dancing is such a great skill. It teaches you patience, discipline, structure, organization, and practice and time management skills. Dancing success will not come overnight, but over a period of time, you’ll realize your dreams and you’ll never have to say no to a partner, never have to sit out a dance, and you will be a winner for your skill of dancing with a partner.

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in
the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and
— Kevin Costner (1955-) American Actor, Producer and Director

Be a real hero and stay true to your dreams and goals.

Happy Dancing!

David Woodbury

Never Give Up 2-27-15

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No 9. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 27, 2015

David Woodbury

Never Give Up!

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what
makes it permanent.– Marilyn vos Savant  1946-NA

There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the
hard truths and saying, “We will never give up. We will never
capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to
prevail.”– Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.– Babe Ruth

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.– Florence Nightingale

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The day after we signed our lease for the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica,

I had 10 workmen in the studio at 8 AM the next morning.

The electricians were working in the back of the new studio. At 8:15 I was startled as Carlos came running up to the front yelling in Spanish and dripping wet from head to toe. I ran to the back and Carlos had cut through the building’s water main and the space was flooding!

We were all yelling and the men began pulling out ceiling tiles and looking for the cut off valves. We turned every valve we could find off and finally the water stopped.  The back of our now ballroom was flooded, the walls were ruined, and carpet was damaged, and water was flowing into the building’s basement.

Being my mother’s son, I stopped everyone and paused. “Is everyone OK?” I asked.

They all said yes. The plumber began his assessment to fix the pipe. I said “Let’s thank God we are all OK and continue our work.”

That was in the first 15 minutes of the build out.  In 33 days, we were done with paint, plumbing, electrical, flooring, music and furniture and we opened Arthur Murray in Santa Monica.

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Did I give up?  NO! Was I shaken, YES.  Have I felt defeated at times? I think that with so much responsibility, we all feel defeated every once in a while. But I did find a way to prevail and make it happen.

Has the studio grown? Why YES! We are 100% better this year over our startup year. Has it been fast enough for me? I plead the 5th on that question.

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This is my reality. I am accountable and not a victim.  Everything in my life has led to this moment in time for me.  The good, the bad. The challenges and the victories, all have made me the successful man that I am today. I do not have excuses, I have opportunities and open doors wherever I look. It seems that every day I enter the studio, something wonderful happens each day to make our studio even more fantastic than it already was.  My great partners, our incredible staff, and our beautiful students.

Life is short. We are breathing; we have food, a place to sleep, faith, family, friends. We are all so blessed. No, I will not give up, today, tomorrow, or in the future.

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Never give up, never give in. Be a lighthouse for those around you. Be the leader and mentor that others are looking for. Become a hero for someone who needs a boost and a friend to someone who needs guidance.

Never give up.

David Woodbury

2-28-14 Planning Success!

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David Earl Woodbury

No 10: Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, November 28, 2014

The Magic of Planning Success!

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the purpose from above that prevails.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.

Guess what?  I’m a planner. I’m working on 2015 dates in my calendar.  I know just what is happening each day, week, month, and all this year. You can ask me any Arthur Murray date and you’ll have an answer.

Curve BallYet, life throws us a curve sometimes. We may be in the wrong place, or someone may come to us in an unexpected moment and all plans change.  All of us have had a car break down, a flight canceled, a ride not show up, an appointment cancel. We have to change our path and move forward to an unplanned schedule.

This is one reason I love ballroom dancing so much. We take the dance floor with 20 other couples and an unknown Waltz begins to play. We have rehearsed, but we have never heard this song, we have never seen the other dancers on this new dance floor in this new venue. The amazing part of the competition is that no one hits anyone else (in a perfect situation!) and the etiquette of the floor keeps us all moving as if it was all choreographed ahead of time.

When we dance socially, we do not know where the other couples may move about. The music may change, the dancers may shift spots, we may have lots of room, or no space at all to exhibit our dance talents and moves. For the experienced, we love this wonderful challenge.  It’s a bit of heaven to be on a floor filled with others who love dancing, moving to the music, and linking together of all the exquisite moves of the dance.

WillowLife is going to make you change.  We think we have it all planned out and then…WHAM…life makes an alteration.  The willow bends in the storm, the gale brings down the oak.  I have learned over the years to bend and move with the flow of life.  As Maria Callas said, I pray that God gives me the strength to accept the challenges given to me.  I ask for the same.


Want to bePlan A flexible in life, enter a dance competition. Go to an Arthur Murray Dance Party. Compete in a multi-dance championship and sharpen your abilities to change at the drop of a hat and learn to enjoy the shifting landscape of life.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: When will all this hard work pay off?


February 21, 2014 – How to Get Through the Curve of Learning

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David Earl Woodbury – Franchisee

No 9: Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, November 21, 2014

How to get through the Curve of Learning!

“Pa, he always said a man had to look spry for himself, because nobody
else would do it for him; your opportunities didn’t come knocking
around, you had to hunt them up and hog-tie them.”– Louis L’Amour, author

Curve of Learning
The Curve of Learning has so many variations of thought. Lectures are often given on this topic. We often say to new students, or dancers working on a new routines or styles of dance, that between the 3rd and 8th lesson, they may experience a lull in learning. Perhaps even a feel of saturation and that they are not learning as quickly. It is important to remember that this will pass, and the rate of learning will become more consistent and even. This happens to everyone and to know that it is normal and it will pass.

For me, I think thPlanting Seeds for the Futuree Curve of Learning is just to not give up. I am impatient and I struggle for immediate success right now. The prospect of planting seeds and reaping the future rewards does not work well for me. I want it now and quickly. Monsignor asked me how the studio was going recently and I said great, but it’s not fast enough for me and I told him how impatient I am. He laughed and said that he is just the same way. He understood.

Sometimes the Curve of Learning for me is fueled purely by passion and vision. The future is so clear to me that it truly seems real to me in the now, and my vision is so powerful that it sometimes consumes me. I am starting my physical as a 57 year old man. Dr. Felman asked me how I was, and again I said that I had just opened up a new Dance Center in Santa Monica and that I was putting in my all and giving it my all. He was so great to me and so encouraging and he understood the challenges and rewards of creating a reality from a dream.

PassionMy Curve of Learning does not come “every 3rd to 8th anything”. For me, I have to fight for everything I have and let the passion rule my heart and soul. It sometimes feels as if I have an atomic reactor inside my chest. My advice for the Curve of Learning is this…don’t give up. Don’t listen to naysayers. Don’t give into immediate satisfaction. Remember to keep on going and going until the dream is realized and victory is assured.

If I could just say anything to young people, it would be to be your best self. Grab hold of a life dream, and pursue it with all your might. If the path changes, it means you were meant for something else even greater. And to not become discouraged. I had no idea that I might experience some of the “dark night of the soul” in the challenges that we have experienced, but I did. I thought I would never see that dark tunnel ever again.

The joy was finding out that there was once again light at the end of the tunnel, and that time does pass and move forward to good and greater things. Please, just don’t give up. There is truly no one standing in the wings with a box of Kleenex waiting to give you a consolation hug. Get this, WE become the leaders. We give the hugs to others. We become the champions and it is our joy and light to lead others.

Yes, study the Curve of Learning, then put your notes down and go out and make it happen. Turn that curve into a straight arrow of fire that pierces the night and let all excuses vanish and go light up the night and lead in the day.

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: The Magic of Planning Success!

1-28-14 Being Present!


Gabriela Young – Franchisee Arthur Murray Santa Monica

Dear Gaby
Tips for Ballroom Dancers.

Being present.
Recently as I was giving a new student at the Arthur Murray Santa Monica Dance Center his second ever Salsa lesson, I became present of how many things can get in the way of us learning a new task, me included!
So here is my tip of the week, to make it through your dance classes and get the most out of them.

Being present, or as my student said STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES. That means leave your work at your work .
If you come running in 1 minute before for your dance lessons, you will probably waist about 15 minutes of your learning experience.
Solution, get here 15 minutes ahead of time so you can leave your work behind, this way your mind will be on your Salsa lesson not your work load.
You will be more relaxed and more productive this way!

So get here early, get your mind on and body ready.
You will thank me and yourself for this!

To Dance Is To Live,
Gabriela Young