With conscience as our guide! 5-27-16

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No 22 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, May 27, 2016

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“The only guide to man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor. – Tribute to Neville Chamberlain; 1940”

– Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Politician

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Well here we are on the other side of the inaugural Sand and Sea Ball 2016! We did it and sold out our first year and the whole event was spectacular. Our small but might core team pulled off a huge and mighty event. My heart is overflowing with gratitude to everyone who attended and all those who participated. We are preparing for Sand and Sea Ball 2017 and know it will be even bigger and better!

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My shield of conscience was always with me each day preparing for our event. The late evening after the event was over, I could not sleep. It would not come to me. Then in the morning I realized that I was not awakening with “I need more sponsors” “I have to sell more tickets today”. That had been my purpose for so long that I felt a great empty space in my heart. My conscience had led me to do my best and produce the best show that I could.

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“The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.”                    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

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My co-chair, Beth Hansler, always help up that mirror in front of me and we always looked at our “best selves” and we never lost hope that we would succeed. I must admit, Beth was the strongest of us and the best keep her dream focused. She was my compass to my true North of success.

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“It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.” – Euripides (480-406 BC) Greek Playwright

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Now at the end our one journey, and the new beginnings of many more, what truly matters to me is that we helped change lives through our efforts, and that I made friends for life through the event. What I learned about people and organizing is invaluable. I would not trade a minute of this great experience for I am a changed man today and a better person from the experience.

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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) 32nd President of the United States

 

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

– Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) American Philosopher and Writer

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At the end of the Sand and Sea Ball, during my thank you’s, I said “Dreams can come true”. I had a few dream killers along the way (sometimes that being my own self!) Yet I learned that even those who doubt you will bask in the success in the end and they too will be blessed from all the hard and work and effort. Enjoy the joy of achievement and continue to advance in the direction of your dreams.  You will have a happy day coming your way and a sense of fulfillment that will last a lifetime!

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Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

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

Write your wonderful play of life! 5-13-16

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No 20 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, May 13, 2016

Write your wonderful play of life!

“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself… and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.” – Shirley MacLaine

There is a new study, the Epigenetics Phenomenon. It states that sometimes our chromosomes are written with some of our mother’s experiences before we are born (my loose interpretation). It indicated that DNA is a script not a template.

For years I wondered why I was the way I was and why things affected me the way they did. Why did I have my quirky characteristics and why did I have some of the same exact problems that my mom did. Then, I came across this new study of epigenetics and a light bulb went off. I realized that I did not have to be a template, but I could write the script of my own life.

Yes, I love many, many of the great characteristics of my wonderful mom and day. Their charisma, leadership, service, talent, and powerful personalities. Yet, I had some other issues that I just could not figure out. Then, I awoke and said, I can write my life script the way I want to. And this new story begins.

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

– Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) American Writer

Imagine that this beautiful quote is from someone who could neither see, hear, or speak. Yet she became a great American figure, an icon and inspiration for millions of lives.  At some point, Helen Keller’s light bulb went off and she was free. Free to learn, express herself, communicate with others, and grow and an individual. She understood what the “tiny pushes” meant in her own success story.

“If a man is called to be a street-sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street-sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968) American Civil Rights Leader

There is an old saying “Whoever is too big for the small tasks is too small for the big tasks”. Even to today, I have a broom at the front of our Arthur Murray Studio. I sweep the front. Why, because it is dirty. I don’t care who sees me do it. I love my broom. I check the studio toilets daily and take out trash. Yes, I’m also ready for the big successes at the school because I celebrate my small tasks with joy and pride. Perhaps that’s why I’m a good cook as well. You’d better be ready to work hard, clean, and take pride in your work if you’re going to cook a great meal.

As for Epigenetics, I’m going to write my own script. I’m not now bound to what has been written on my old genetic code from who knows when and who knows from whom in what generation. I’m my own person and I will write my success and help others listen to the voice of success in their own lives. I’m free. I’m me and I’m writing a great story of life for myself, and hopefully helping others do the same.

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I must do is all that concerns me 5-6-16

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No 19 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, May 6, 2016

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist

“To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”- Katharine Graham (1917 – 2001) American, Chairman of Washington Post

Do what you love in your life. Do not worry about what others think about you. What will horrify you is that as you enter your world of success and freedom, there will be people who will want to stop you. They will tell you that you can’t do your dream. They are dream killers. Then, they will oppose you and try to sabotage your efforts and pull you down. Usually, these are very sad people who cannot stand someone else pulling ahead of the crowd.

“He who every morning plans out the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) French Writer

The good news is that you will be so busy pursuing your dream that you will not notice the Dream Killers. You are always thinking some great thought and taking great actions to fulfill your destiny. You will always be thinking of ways to succeed and to be a success.  You know that failure is not an option, and you’ll move forward without fear. Your busy life of Dream Making will shield you from the naysayers!

In two weeks, I’m experiencing the most difficult event I have ever produced. Those closest to me have tried to stop me, told me I could not do it, and that I was “not in the right timing” for the event.  As they have been trying to pull me down, I have been watching the dream take form and now, take wings as it becomes a reality. Yes, sometimes their negativity hurts me, and perplexes me, but before I have the time to have a pity party, I have too much to do to make the dream happen.

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

For a while, I hated the years of struggle. I resented that I was not having an “easy” life. I wondered why me and why am I just not at Starbucks at the beach, retired and relaxing.  Then, I realized that that life would kill me, and that I would quit growing in my life. The biggest change was when I realized that I would not continue to learn about service, and living a life of service to others. I quickly changed my tune and began to focus on the goal and the rewards from service.

“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.” – William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English Essayist

The best benefit of doing what I love is this. I have met others who love what they do as well. I know people who walk in darkness that overtakes them and they have no control of that darkness. On the other hand, I am surrounded daily by those who give, who walk in light, who find joy in giving to others, and they are living a full life of service. Do they have normal problems, yes! But they look to the purpose of their lives and let that purpose guide and direct them.

Now, I am surrounded by the most amazing people to serve, give, organize, plan, help, and inspire. They are my peeps. They are my closest friends. “Surround yourself with people you want to become like”. For in your life, you will become exactly like those who are around you.

“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.” – William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English Essayist

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

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

Excellence for its own sake! 1-29-16

No 5. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 29, 2016

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Excellence for its own sake!

“Those who turn good (organizations) into great (organizations) are motivated by a deep creative urge and an inner compulsion for sheer unadulterated excellence for its own sake.” – Jim Collins

Have you ever felt that you are in a renaissance? I feel it right now. I know that all the hard work from the past two years is finally paying off and that we are truly seeing success at our Arthur Murray Dance Center. Have you ever started a business, in a new location and new city, from scratch? No staff and no students and no one knows that you are even there? We have.

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A great thanks to the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce for putting Arthur Murray Santa Monica on the map. Also, to St. Monica Parish for their support and putting the word out that we are here, teaching the West Side to dance!

“Aspire, break bounds. Endeavor to be good, and better still, best.”- Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) English poet

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Now that we are in our third year of business, I am humbled. We knew what we were getting into when we opened a brand new location. We love people, we love dancing, and we are good at what we do, and we knew of seven day work weeks, and 18 hour days, yet it is all worth it. The challenge has made us strong and I feel like a new, more alive person every day. My old crabby person is slowing fading away to the new strong grateful person (my staff and husband would not agree!).

“In doing your work in the great world, it is a safe plan to follow a rule I once heard on the football field: Don’t flinch, don’t fall; hit the line hard.”- Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) 26th President of the United States

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Do you have dreams. A bit of advice “Don’t burn your bridges until you get to them.” Dreams are fueled by hard work, determination, and nerves of steel. If you can’t handle problems, can’t handle facing yourself at your worst, and can handle the truth, you won’t make it. And for being angry at others, anger is like you drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. It does no good.

“To know a truth well, one must have fought it out.”- Novalis (Georg Friedrich Philipp von Hardenberg)  (1772-1801) German Poet

Yes, you will have wonderful times ahead, trials ahead, triumph and tragedies, but you will know your own truth if you don’t give up. I have faced my own truth and have lived through that realization.

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“Yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.” – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) Scottish Novelist

We don’t always know what the day ahead will bring. In dancing, as well as owning a dance center, we may plan a day that will go well, or be a challenge, but the magic that makes everything work is the dancing itself! I remember Roz DeBeve always saying to me “Go back to dancing”. It makes everything right again.

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968) American Civil Rights Leader

Live a life of excellence and live to your best potential!

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F.A.I.L. 1-15-16

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No 03. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 15, 2016

F.A.I.L.

If you Fail, never give up

Because F.A.I.L. means

“First attempt in learning”

End is not the end, In fact,

E.N.D. means “Effort never Dies”

If you get No as an answer,

Remember N.O. means

Next Opportunity, so let’s

Be Positive!

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”                           – Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) American Motivational Speaker

If I had to have the right time, the right feeling, the right mojo to do things, nothing would get done in my life. Every day I see a FAIL sign ahead and I take always take the ‘Next Opportunity’ route to my destination. Life is just not going to go easy for any of us, so we must adjust and put a little song in our hearts and keep going, knowing that our efforts are going to pay off.

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist

Have you a dream that you want to fulfill? Do you have a quest, a mission, a calling, a vision of what you want to do in life? Well, it will not be easy to attain, but it will be fulfilling. And if this truly is your dream, you’ll love every step of the journey, including the bad and the good.

How to you make a FAIL a SUCCESS? First, you must engage others in your vision. You have to make them feel that you are sure of your goal, and that you have enough passion to get you to the end!

People will forget what you say, They forget what you do, But they never forget how you made them feel! – Maya Angelou

Make people feel good around you and make them feel as if they are in a “happy zone” when they are around you! Have your wits about you and always remember how to treat others.

“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.” – Ann Landers, born 1918

As for having class, I have learned a secret. The other day I offended someone so badly that they called me and just let me have it over the phone. They were offended by something that I do with a good heart daily and have done a million times, but that was not what they wanted and they were hot at me. Guess what I said after my reprimand, “I’m sorry”. I said it sincerely four times and they did hear me and then truly thanked me for my position and how I received the message. Was it class? I think it was just being nice to someone and just truly making someone else happy.

“Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.”                                                                  – Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) English Author

Doing the right thing truly will take courage in your life. It will mean saying “Sorry” many times, even when you have done nothing wrong. Yet you will come out the best in the end for truly taking the opportunity to be humble and contrite.

Think you can do these things? I believe you can. Read on about the little bumblebee and go make a Buzzzz in life!

“Aerodynamically a bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”                                                                                         – Mary Kay Ash (1915 – 2001) American Businesswoman, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com

“Whatever you do, you need courage” 1-8-16

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No 01. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 8, 2016

“Whatever you do, you need courage”

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist

“Determine that a thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”- Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) 16th President of the United States

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William C. Durant (1861 – 1947) American Manufacturer, Founder of General Motors

Hey, do you need a lift in 2016? Did you make New Year’s Resolutions? Have you already left them behind? I’m collecting dreams in 2016 and I’m going to have a “Sweet 16” this year. This is a year of realizing dreams and making magic happen in my life. A year of joy, happiness, fulfillment, and realization.

Wow, doesn’t that sound great? How about the 18 hour days that make all this a reality? Am I willing to pay the price for making my dreams come true? Yes, I am.

And what do we do to make these dreams realities? Courage. Courage to get up every morning with our mines washed clean and our hearts cleansed and ready to conquer another day.

Determination is getting up on a long day and just jumping into the tasks that are ahead. Starting off with moving our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. For me, I laugh that what determines a great morning for me. I awaken with all my high and mighty plans, then I must clean the kittie’s poop. This must happen daily and they are prolific and never surprise me. I’m scoopin’ the poops while I’m laughing at what I must do to get the day going. Then it’s treaties and foodies for the kitties before I can do anything. Yes, this requires both love and determination.

Perhaps this is what creates me on a daily basis. Not being afraid of the routine, being grateful for my life and taking daily moments to give thanks for my MANY, MANY blessings.

Now, in a new year, I’m looking forward. Not only putting my mistakes behind me, keeping the knowledge from going through the mistakes in my mind and heart, yet also having courage to seize every day.

Wow, it takes a lot of work to make all these dreams come true!

Happy Dancing,

David Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com

Now what….? by Gabriela Young

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Now what….?

Your sore feet, the glitter you will find for the next 3 weeks, and the memories of dancing fun and new friends are proof of the hard work, dedication and fun from Unique Dance-O-Rama 2015. The videos, awards, plaques, and score sheets that you will receive are all great tools to help remember the fun and excitement of the competition and to also help plan the future of your dancing. So now what?

Now is the time to set your goals for the next competition, whether it is Superama in Las Vegas, World Dance O Rama in New Orleans, or your next local event, now we review and move forward to the next part of your dancing. At competition there are a few tools we use to plan what to work on next. Pictures and videos are a great way to see how you looked in your dancing, as well as how the other people in your heat looked for a good comparison. We can use these to pinpoint specific things to work on, such as timing, footwork, frame/posture, or character of the dance, so that next event you will be that much more prepared. The heat sheets with your open and closed scores are also great tools to use to see how you compared with those in your category as well as to see how you compared to the standard of each dance. Using these scores will allow you to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie so that you and your instructor can create a game plan on what to work on for the future.

Your placement at an event isn’t what is important, what’s important is working efficiently to better yourself so that you feel more comfortable and confident. We never stop growing in our dancing, whether you’ve been dancing 6 months or 60 years, there is always more that we can learn and experience. Remember that dancing takes practice, patience, and more practice to be able to have good technique and to really show the joy you feel on the inside. Never forget the way dancing makes you feel and why it is you decided to take lessons and go to an event. From overcoming shyness, to physical fitness, or meeting new people, dancing is about how many times you smiled, and how many smiles you got in return.

Happy Dancing

Gabriela Young