The World Needs Dreamers Who Do! 1-20-17

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No 3 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 20, 2017

The world needs dreamers who do!

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Do you dream? I do. I dream and have “awake” dreams. I dream about dancing, choreography, about our Arthur Murray School, of Joel, St. Monica Parish, health, those who need prayer, the day ahead, and sometimes about the previous day. Dreams are so much a part of my life now that I awaken often to a full memory of where I went and what I did in my dream.

“A lot of dreams don’t come true in life. If you can make somebody’s dream come true, you should.” – Jameer Nelson (1982) American professional basketball player

My whole 41 years of dancing with Arthur Murray have been a dream come true. First, being a student, then a teacher, competitor, dance judge then coach, franchisee, to now having my own broom at the front of our school (and I use my broom every day!). As I compose this blog I’m in the “Dream Room” front office at Arthur Murray Santa Monica.

When we first found our space, we said “this is our dream come true” and the name “Dream Room” stuck.

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” – B.J. Marshall

It seems as if my whole life is now seeing the great dreams of life and them making them come true on a daily basis. Guess what, no one said it would be easy. No one said it would be the same as success as my friends. Not one person told me how hard the road would be and how hard the trials would be. But still, I continue to dream and live that dream every day.

“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.” – Dr. Benjamin Mays (1894 – 1984) American humanitarian

I never want to give up. Sometimes there is a dream killer at large. You have to watch this specific type of person. I see them on a regular basis. They are sneaky and they want to distract you from your goals. You know what I found out recently, if you just keep looking to the light of your dream and focus on your goals, the dream killers eventually are not around anymore.

“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”- Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German physicist

Be brave and dream a big dream. Then, to make it begin, tell someone about it. Tell a group of people. Post it on Facebook. Send out an email to all your friends. Write a blog about it. Get the word out that you are taking action and moving forward in your life. Take a chance on life and let the light of life shine through you and achieve your goals and then help someone else realize their own goal.

“I never said it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.” – Pete Egoscue (1945) Founder of Physical Therapy Method The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion

“I like a man who attempts the impossible.”– J.P. Morgan

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

The World Needs Dreamers 8-1-14

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No 31 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, August 1st, 2014
The World Needs Dreamers!

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

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All my life I have been a dreamer. As a little boy, I arranged fire logs into my “Model Home” in the back yard and pretended I was an architect. I was going to build my own home and move out by age 7! Then I was going to be a singer, a writer, a missionary, a preacher, a musician, an
entrepreneur, a great leader. Yes, I had dreams.

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As a young boy, I started making a living doing odd jobs. For many years I cut grass for many of the homes in our area. I start a babysitting job and began to clean homes. I began to grow as a young businessman. My dad dropped me off at college just before my 16th birthday after finishing High School in 2 years. I was going to be an opera singer and I had a good voice and an ear for languages.

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One summer, I came home and rented an apartment and started as a student at the Arthur Murray in Nashville, Tennessee. I took a break from college and was working at the Human Services Department in Downtown Nashville. As a guest at Arthur Murray’s in 1975, I soon moved on to my Bronze program and began to dance. My parents were Southern Baptist and told me that “I was going to hell” if I continued.

Well, I did continue. After about a year of my parents wondering what I was into, my franchisee called them to come and see me dance. I was in a huge ballroom, in white tails, hair cut and cleanly groomed and I was in a show dancing the elegant waltz. My parents cried (not the first time my dancing made someone cry!) and my dad came over and said, “Well, someone finally got you to stand up tall.” Yes, I had arrived as a dancer!

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After my first five years I took my full Dual Standard Arthur Murray judges test. I was the youngest judge in the country and began to travel, judge and coach. I had moved to the largest Arthur Murray in the world in Phoenix and was in the “Camelot” of Arthur Murray Studios!

The chance came for me to move to Santa Monica, my home for 28 years, and I have been a manager, twice studio owner, and twice and current International Guest Director for Arthur Murray International. I have lived through the passing of both wonderful parents and had a partner die in my arms. The road has not been easy, but it has been exciting.

The dreams I have had have always kept me alive and going. I always have a dream. I’m typing this in our “Dream Room” at the Santa Monica Arthur Murray Dance Center. This whole studio is a dream come true for my partners and for me. We live our hopes and dreams each day and the dreams of a successful future fuel my enthusiasm each day!

Take a chance and remember your dreams will be tested and you may lose your way along the journey, but don’t worry. A real dream will never leave you and hope and vision will always come back to you. You’ll be OK, you’re going to make it!
Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to be a Champion Dancer!

How to be Strong in Heart and Strong in Dancing 7-11-14

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David Earl Woodbury
No 28 Changing Lives through Dancing
Friday, July 11th, 2014

How to be Strong in Heart and Strong in Dancing!

Do not be afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your
belief will help create the fact.
— William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

Why is ballroom, partnership dancing, so wonderful in today’s world? It is because dancing is freedom. Dancing is life. Dancing is fun and exciting. Dancing is the new escape in today’s modern world.

My dream room where I type this message has a glass wall facing Broadway in Santa Monica. During the day I see hundreds of people pass our studio. They are looking down at an absurd piece of plastic in their hands. They have earphone in their ears and they are sometimes talking into a wire.

People walk up and down the street talking with headsets. In my day we thought people who walked talking to themselves were crazy. Now, we are talking to someone, somewhere, to anyone except the people who are around us. For a world that is connected by technology, we are sometimes quite isolated by technology. The new trend is not having a voice mail box on your cell, only using texts to communicate. Wow, what happened here?

To be strong in dancing, you must have a good frame, good posture, a good connection, a sound mind, floor craft and people skills. You can’t send a text or place a cell phone call while you have both arms around someone dancing a Cha Cha or a Tango. While dancing, you are with a real person, moving with them, communicating with them, talking to them. You are in real time, in the moment, in real life. No WIFI connection is a fast as the connection between two people dancing together, moving together, sharing music and the magic of dancing together.

How does dancing make our hearts strong? First, we finally stand up and we’re off our phones, tablets, and desktop computers. We are breathing from deep in our souls and we are listening to music from our hearts, not just our ears. We are sharing our movement with another person surrounded by music that tells us what movements to execute.

Becoming strong in dancing makes us real people who can communicate with others in real time. We grow through our self-esteem, our confidence and our self-image. To be a great dancer means we can move socially around the dance floor, interacting with the ever changing pulse of the crowd. We become pliable, easy to be with, and comfortable in our own skins. We learn the magical language of dance that may be spoken with anyone, anywhere at any time.

Dancing means that we do not use each other as battering rams or punching bags. We do not take out a bad day on our partner, beat each other up, or let our emotions take over our manners and reason. As a man, my privilege is to take care of my lady, to guide her, protect her and present her. A lady’s honor is to follow the man, respond to his leads, and compliment his movements. I wish I could teach a dance class at the United Nations. I would teach harmony and peace through dancing and partnership.

Why am I strong through dancing? Well, it is because I love it. I love learning dancing, performing dancing, teaching dancing and watching dancing. I see the joy it brings to other, the good health and harmony that others experience, and the youthful excitement that others exude through their dancing.

Dancing will make put a spring in your step and a song in your heart. If you feel that you should be gliding around the floor, take the first step of faith and get dancing today! You’ll be happy that you did and you will be a shining light to others.

What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in
faculty! In form, in moving, how express and admirable! In action how
like an angel! In apprehension how like a God!
— William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English Playwright

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to say YES to dancing! It’s sometimes harder than you think!

Happy Independence Day 7-4-14

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No 27 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

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There is in every true person’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which
lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles
up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
— Washington Irving (1783-1859) American Writer

This Independence Day, we have our freedom based on the countless lives that were sacrificed for our American way of life. Our country is the greatest in the world and we have the liberty to live where we want, pursue education and work in any field we want. We can truly live “The American Dream” and build a life based on our hopes and dreams.

Today, I am composing this message sitting in our Dream Room in our beautiful Arthur Murray Dance Center in the heart of Santa Monica, CA. This is our dream come true, our hopes fulfilled, our vision realized. We are given the ability to work, grow, create, serve, and be a part of the great city of Santa Monica. Our dream is that soon, everyone on the West Side of LA will know that Arthur Murray is Back on Broadway!

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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can
be done if we are always doing – advising his daughter Martha, 1787.
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

Do we work hard, yes! Are we happy in our work, absolutely! In our work, we have the chance to find ourselves. We realize our own realities, not just for ourselves, but for others as well.

Our greatest happiness in life does not depend on the condition of
life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good
conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just
pursuits.– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

Perhaps you are not feeling so very free this Independence Day. Or, you station in life is not what you dreamed and your are not living your vision. Happiness will come from knowing that we have hope of the future, the possibility of having good health, and the freedom to do what we want in life.

If you are not living your dream, take a new step forward in a new direction to get your life moving and changing. Ask someone to mentor you, increase your spiritual and meditation life and seek help from a higher power. Read positive articles and books. Exercise more and get your body moving. Seek out a new adventure. Write down your “Dream” goals and then write out all the steps to make that dream happen. Then, TAKE THE FIRST STEP and make it happen

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them
master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
— Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

To this day, when I read a quote from Helen Keller, my heart leaps with joy. Helen Keller truly overcame her deficiencies and let the great mind she possessed come forward and she used the skills she possessed to make a change in the world. How many lives have been blessed reading about her life and the hope and joy she gave to others!

He can do more for others who has done most with himself.
– S.D. Gordon (1859-1936) American Devotional Speaker and Writer

Bob Long, a great Arthur Murray friend, says “I’m all in”. Yes, I am all in as well. I’m 100% an Arthur Murray man. I am thankful for my home, my life, my career, my friends and those who love me. Yes, this is a great Independence Day for me and for Arthur Murray Santa Monica!

“God Bless America, my home sweet home.”

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to be strong of heart and strong in dancing!