01 1-5-18 Champions!

No 01 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 5, 2018


“Champions talk success. Champions know that success is inevitable; That there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.” Michael Gelb


“A Champion Team will always beat a team of Champions.” John McGrath


“True Champions are team players.” Alan Cohen


“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” T. Allan Armstrong


Guess what? You are a champion for reading this message. You are a champion because you are feeding your mind, soul, heart, and spirit with positive thoughts and inspirational readings. You are a champion because you take the time to grow and expand your life.


I once thought that being a champion was having great things happening to me every day, conquering all obstacles in my life, and breaking new records. Yes, all those things are true. But a champion is also someone who shows up and does the work, even the mundane work. It’s easy to go from mountain to mountain of success on a daily basis. But the true champion also knows how to do the small tasks well.


It is said to be successful, you should be Visible, be Easy, be Useful and be Ready! I try to do these things daily. I try to be seen, do my tasks with a smile, be ready to offer a helping hand to others, and be prepared for all situations. This is a good formula for life in general.


Do you feel like a champion? Try this, go out and give a nice compliment to someone who is not having a good day. Help someone who cannot pay you back. Cheer up a friend or co-worker. Do a good deed for someone who cannot help themselves. Then, I assure you, you’ll feel like a champion and feel happy inside.


“Keep a Little Song in your Heart!” J. Clair Woodbury


Thanks for reading!


David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!




Every Great Dream Begins with a Dreamer 3-16-16 St. Patrick’s Day

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No 12 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, March 18, 2016

Every Great Dream Begins with a Dreamer

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.   ~ Harriet Tubman

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I have dreams. Do you? I remember dreams and write them down. I watch visions deep in my sleep. They are just like watching movies. I can hear, feel, smell, and am surrounded by the dream. Many times I arise and write the dream down. Then, I dream the same dream over and over, over the course of days, weeks, months, and even years.

There’s a new dream I’ve had recently. I have just gone through overwhelm in my life and I felt crushed under the duties I had assumed. Even to the point of feeling crushed. While I was dreaming and I saw myself walking down a road and I felt amazingly free. I looked back over my shoulder and saw a truck load of belongings lying in the road.

I could see furniture, suitcases, boxes, books, and all manner of things strewn over the dusty dirt. The heavy, defeating load had fallen off of me. I was carrying nothing and I was free. Then, I awoke and I was strong, angry strong. I said “I’m going to make it” “I haven’t come this far to fail” and I was mad with strength all day.

A day later, nothing had changed in my circumstances, but I felt free! I felt strong! Now, there is a big change in my outlook. I’m not driving the junk truck. I’m not carrying the heavy load. I’m free and free to move forward to success.

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“Life’s about friendships, the way you love your partner, the way you care for your children. That is what life is about. Not anything about earning a hundred zillion dollars because you toured America more than anyone else. I want life to be about creativity.” – Joe Strummer Former lead singer for the Clash rock band

Now the creativity is flowing again and the positive energy is not blocked. The imaginative thoughts are flowing and the light of life is shining again. In a daily dream, yes, one I dream each day, I see a funnel of energy flowing to me. It looks like a clear fire hose that a combination of light and water flow from together. I have seen this same “washing” of the light/water flowing over me for a few weeks now and it has been amazing to watch and experience.

This morning I was watching the spot of water/light flowing toward me, and someone from the back right of me said, “This is HOPE”. I was astounded. I was being washed with HOPE daily! I often see the dream of me sitting in a creek of life water. I take out my heart and wash it in the cleaning water. I cleanse my heart from any “black glass” shards (darkness) and clean my heart. Then I wash out my brain in the water (looks like a sponge). My brain washes clean and I replace it and replace my cleansed and healed heart. Then, the waters of life/light continue to flow over me. Now, I know that this is the flow of HOPE over me!

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“In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.”- John Ruskin (1819-1900) English Art Critic

See light in others. Find out what you like in another person the moment you see them and build an empire on that goodness. You’ll find out that you are never alone and you never know a stranger.

Keep Dreaming!

David Earl Woodbury

DavidEarlWoodbury@gmail.com (email me if you like this blog)

1-24-14 “Starting without a Paper Clip”.

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No 5: Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, January 24, 2014

“Starting without a Paper Clip”.

2013-09-20 09.47.52When we signed our lease for the Arthur Murray Santa Monica Dance Center on September 16, 2013, I returned to the studio and sat on a rickety bench and a card table with a netbook and a cell phone, and that was it. We had the power turned on and we had water, but no phone, internet, or dance floor!

As I began to build our dream, I would reach for a note pad to write on, a stapler, a Sharpie, and then a paper clip, and I realized that we were starting from scratch, from our hopes, our vision, our dreams.

As the days followed I became a mobile office, bringing in several bags that had extension cords and chargers. Another bag had office supplies, and yes, paper clips, pens, papers and notebooks. Without having a sign, a dance floor, not a stroke of new paint or any new electrical of plumbing, we were experiencing a lot of new students walking in. Since we are a Guest School at heart, I created a Guest Book and we began collecting names to call when the floor was finished.

2013-10-16 11.22.01As the floor boards were being set, I began to dance on the newly laid wood. I could not wait to experience the thrill and joy of dancing in our new studio. Then, as the last piece of wood was laid, we all took a moment for the photo shoot and celebrated. Then, the magic of dancing began and we taught our first training session that very day, on our new floor!
Our first student lesson was November 7th and it was a joyous day for us all!



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Now, I’m2014-01-19 16.44.16 in a beautiful front room that we call the Dream Maker Room. This is where we turn dancing plans into reality and our students begin the great journey of Dance through the Arthur Murray Medalist System. Also, we create magic in the front office by planning our events and competitions for our students and staff. It is an exciting room with a wall of glass that brings in light, life, and hope and energy.

As I am composing this reflection in a nice chair, working on a glass table, typing on a state of the art PC and yes, I have paper clips right next to me. Everything in our studio came from our vision, hard work, and persistence. We have in essence built a new home for ourselves, our Arthur Murray Home, and it is beautiful. Everyone who walks in our doors says how welcome they feel and that the feel the good vibes in the studio! Our studio them is Hospitality, all are welcome in this place!

What is the magic for me? First, it is my amazing partners, Gabriela Young, the Queen of Salsa and she is a master coach. Joel Rieck, my partner and a brilliant Arthur Murray Man! He can do anything and accomplish every dream he has. Then our great staff who I focus on the most. They are so full of enthusiasm, hope and the love of dance and teaching dance! Then, our fantastic students who make this all possible through their participation and presence in the school. The Arthur Murray Students make my day a joy and they truly bless me and I love and appreciate them.

The rest of the magic for me is the fact that I am living in my dream come true! Starting just from a chat, a thought, a concept, we are now changing thousands of lives through dance. We offer courage, confidence, growth, self-esteem, and transformation to all our staff and students and we are giving them a place to live the life they have dreamed of.

The rest of the magic is now I am truly a consummate Arthur Murray Man! I live, worship, and work all in a mile radius, and I am walking the walk, and talking the talk. I want to me know at the Arthur Murray Man of Santa Monica. When people talk about dance, I want them to say, “Oh yes, you have to go to Arthur Murray, they are the best!” We are the dance beacons dancing in Santa Monica and we enthusiastically want to give back to our great city.

Live your dream…make it happen…dance today!

Thank You!
David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Polish Your Dancing Skills – The Medalist System