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!




4-18-14 Happy Passover Happy Easter!

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With Mr. Masters and Joel Rieck in Miami!
David Earl Woodbury
No 17 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, April 18, 2014
Good Friday – Passover

You can have anything you want — if you want it badly enough. You
can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish
if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is
going.– David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) American, University President, Author

Now is the time to understand more, so we fear less. — Marie Curie, Polish Scientist and Nobel Prize Winner

Not the owner of many possessions will you be right to call happy: he
more rightly deserves the name of happy who knows how to use the
Gods’ gifts wisely and to put up with rough poverty, and who fears
dishonor more than death.– Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet

Easter Bunnies

The above are some reflections from the past 40 days of fasting and prayer. I wish you all a happy weekend no matter what faith you are or how you celebrate life in your hearts. All are welcome and peace to you all.

This has been a rough Lent for me. I asked God to take away anger in my heart and to stir up my soul and spirit and renew me. As I drove past St. Monica’s on my way to the studio today I realized that yes I had been shaken, but to take away faults in my heart and life…that is up to me, and to me alone.

I do have passion in my life and singleness of purpose. I do know where I am going. I am understanding more and fearing less. Yes, I acknowledge God’s gifts and put up with fearing dishonor more than death. Yet, the way is not easy and the road is not always smooth.

Happy Passover

God is not a short order cook. Who do I think I am to take the menu of life and say “I want this today God, and I want it MY WAY”. Well, that just doesn’t work.

Why has this Lent been so hard for me? I think it is because I took a stand in my life regarding faith and service and fully came out with my beliefs. That stance is always followed by many challenges and trials and tests to see if we are sincere and truthful. I have fallen short and I have much to learn and a long way to go.

Take a pause on this Good Friday, this end of Passover and reflect on your life and your hopes and dreams. From my heart to yours, I wish you a great moment of peace, hope and love. A pause that will give you strength and sustain you and empower you to realized the greatness that lives within you. (Don’t eat too many Peeps!)

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: A Life of Service – To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. — Donald A. Adams

Our Grand Opening in Santa Monica! 1-10-14

No 3: Changing Lives through Dancing

DEW Good Photo 11-7-By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 10, 2014

Our Grand Opening in Santa Monica!

What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius power and magic in it.
— Johann von Goethe (1749-1832) German Poet and Dramatist

A good sweat, with the blood pounding through my body, makes me feel
alive, revitalized. I gain a sense of mastery and assurance. I feel
good about myself. Then I can feel good about others.
— Arthur Dobrin (1943-) American Ethicist and Writer


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done
without hope and confidence.
— Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer


We are Happy Face 1-10-14living, working, and realizing our dream! Our studio came from just a thought, a dream, a collaboration, a step forward.  We dreamed big, and then we took action with boldness. It has been a lot of great work, yet so fulfilling. Optimism has been flowing through our veins and courage has fueled us.


We have our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Friday, January 17th at 2 PM with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and then our great party on Sunday. It is a celebration that dreams really do come true. It demonstrates that a thought followed up with action and positive thinking is a dream that can be realized.


Our theme in our school is Hospitality. We welcome everyone and we encourage all to learn to dance.  When a new guest visits us, we know that giving a warm welcome is the most important part of our day. For our active students, Hospitality is providing a fun and happy environment to learn and to dance.


For you, what is your dream? Do you dance? Are you happy? Are you living your dream in the here and now? Do you spend your day being your best, stimulating your mind, soul, and spirit towards greatness? Are you giving service to others? Are you practicing your skills and sharing your success with others? So many questions, but good questions!


Ok, after you make all your grand designs and set your goals, be strong.  You will be tested. The moment you make a change in your life, you will feel it from every angle.  You become the catalyst, the leader, the motivator, the decision maker, the glue that will hold everything together as you take your new journey in life.


One Person with Courage Has Success, Others Afraid FailTake a moment and learn to dance. If you are new, call and take that first courageous step and try a first lesson. If you are rusty, come in and oil up your dancing joints.  If you are advanced, try a new dance, perfect a new routine, and participate in a challenging competition. Just move forward and enjoy the thrills that life has to offer.


Benefits…well, you’ll sleep well at night. You’ll laugh more, cry a little, share more hugs, feel more accomplishment and self confidence, and you’ll be able to get through the rough days easier, and truly appreciate the great days in your life. Don’t be afraid, it will be hard, but it will be fulfilling. Step forward and make a change in your life.


Wishing you all a courageous and prosperous January!

Thank You!

David Earl Woodbury 

Next Week: How to Plan a Great Dancing Year!