Do You Have a Dream Sheet for 2015?

No 2. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, January 9, 2015

Do You Have a 2015 Dream Sheet?

I love calendars. Remember carrying around your paper planner? I used a Daytimer. What a thrill to start a new January with my new leather-bound 12 months of exciting fun activities. My planner had all my Arthur Murray dancing events, all my birthdays and anniversarites. I’d keep my goals and dates to monitor my progress.

There was always a section for dreaming and planning my future. I’d write down anything that came to mind that I wanted to accomplish in my life. Later I switched to a Palm electronic planner. Wow, I had all my contacts and calendar all in the same device. How I dreamed of not having to carrying around both my phone and planner. I used to hold them together and imagine that they were one.  Remember the disasters of your electronic planner crashing and you had not backed up and you lost your information?

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Then, one day, an Arthur Murray student told me that I could type a date into Google Calendar and that it would appear on my phone, and vice versa. All my desktop contacts would also be on my phone.  Wow, heaven for me. I could make an appointment, enter my new contact and sync it immediately with reminders within seconds.

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Why do I love calendars? Well, I love having things to look forward to. First, I make my yearly Arthur Murray schedule and add the dates. Then, I schedule my St. Monica service dates around my dancing events. Add to these Disneyland dates, trips, vacations, weddings, meetings, consulting and I end up with an action packed calendar.


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize
they were the big things.– Robert Brault


I can look at a month with all the color coded events and get excited about living. In front of me is life and all the many events that I am celebrating. There is always something exciting on my schedule and always something to look forward to.


Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly,
one-directionally, without regret or reservation.– William H. Sheldon

With a new year, I always look to see when the holidays fall during the week, my birthday, and all my family and studio events. I know where I’m going and how I’m going to get there.

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As for service, I do not think you can live a life of service without planning what you are going to do. I have two great mentors who set up schedules of service that involve hundreds of volunteers. They are amazing. They require that we give them our available dates for many months at a time, then they weave a perfect and fair balance of service between all the volunteers.

They are the masters of scheduling and I admire their contribution. Unfortunately, there are not too many leaders of this kind and they end up doing the lion’s share of the work in order that we, the many working under them, may have the opportunity to fulfill our service callings.

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel
fulfilled.– Dr. Benjamin Spock

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Ok, here’s an exercise for you. Buy two things, first a wall calendar for your kitchen, or bath, bedroom, office, or hallway. Put it where you will see it first thing each morning.

Secondly, purchase a planner. Go to the dollar store and get a paper planner, or go to the Apple store and get a new iPhone 6 and use your new iCal. Get the new Samsung S6 and start on your new Google Calendar.  But get something and get started.

Begin to write all you goals, hopes, dreams and how you are going to make these happen. Track your progress. Sit and look at your “Dream Sheet” and know where you are going, how and when you are going to get there, and be faithful to remembering why we are here!


The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain



David Woodbury

Next Week: Get The Most Out Of Your Dancing in 2015!




















Successful People 10-24-14

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No 42 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, October 24, 2014

Successful People

If successful people have one common trait, it’s an utter lack of
cynicism. The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they
need without asking for permission; they’re driven, talented, and
work through negatives by focusing on the positives.– Mike Zimmerman

I am driven and I work through the negatives by focusing on the positive. The only reason I am here today is because of the wonderful friends and mentors who have guided me to this point in my life.

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We must find time to stop and thank the people who have made a
difference in our lives.– Dan Zadra

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people
living ordinary lives.– Tracy Chapman

Thank you to my great parents, family, friends, Arthur Murray Family, St. Monica Team, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce leaders, dance competitors, fitness friends, WeightWatchers, and especially my partner, Joel Rieck. I am aware that we have not chosen the easy path in life. We are all the powerful Icebreaker ships that open the path for other ships in the seas. We create a road across rivers, through mountains, rough terrain, so that others may have an easier time in their lives on their road of success.

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The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing
would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.– Mahatma Gandhi

Am I doing what I am capable of doing? The answer is no. I’m 58 and still I have not reached my potential. I see a work ethic all around me that says work less, delegate, slow down. Yet, I just can’t slow down. I love my life and I love what I do.

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.– John Keats

I want to feel real. Happiness, sorrow, success, failure, the good and the bad. I want to feel life and learn from all that it has to give. Now, I see a success as someone who gives life and leadership to others. The great leaders in my life have won awards, received special recognition. But what I notice the most of all is that after they receive their accolades, they continue doing the work that got them there. They don’t just do the work and receive the plaque and then rest, they continue with the same actions of service that brought them to the light in the first place.

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind
word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act
of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.– Leo Buscaglia

Go out there and be successful, but do it while you are turning someone’s life around to be better and more successful!

Love you all,

David Woodbury



Dance this Fall and Winter 7-25-14

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Invasion of the British Party! Unique Dance-0-Rama 2014

David Earl Woodbury
No 30 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Getting Ready to Dance in the Fall and Winter!

Wow, I’m planning out 2015. Those of you who know me are chuckling. Fall and Winter is just around the corner. The fall dance calendar is full of exciting events! We are planning our Tournament of Champions in August and getting ready to dance into 2015!

Someday, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great
temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the
real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being
decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you
shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made
except by a steady, long continued process.
— Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop

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Miss Vicki Venka, my favorite coach!

We were just asked to submit our Hospitality Service schedule at St. Monica’s through January 2015. It was amazing to me to see that our dance calendar is full until March next year. What a joy and thrill that we have the opportunity to dance, perform, compete, train, and share the magic of dance together.

Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead
of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber
of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation
represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and
weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than
it was before.– James Buckham

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Georgetta Platt, Amazing and Wonderful friend!

Do you want to get motivated? Go to your PC and print out calendars for August 2014 through December 2015.
Then, write out some goals of what you want to do with your life. Write in goal dates of when you want to take your first dance lesson, perform your first routine, and compete in your first competition. Plan your weight and exercise goals. Do you want to travel, learn a language, run for office, get a promotion, have a needed surgery, get a new job, start school or graduate, or fulfill an lifetime dream? Write it down, make a plan, then inch-by-inch it will be a cinch!

Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far
higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.
— Robert F. Hawes

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Steve Platt, our Area 7 Director!

Do not falter or shrink; But just think out your work, And just work
out your think.
— Nixon Waterman

Last weekend I had the honor of judging Unique Dance-O-Rama in Irvine. The organizers, Steve and Georgetta Platt, put on the largest event in Arthur Murray History, perhaps the largest competition in the US to date! It was an amazing few days. Friday and Saturday, the competition began at 7 AM and finished around 1:30 AM with the ballroom always full and hundreds of dancers at their best taking the floor to compete! I left with such great hope for the young generation of today after seeing the young couples trying to win their heats. The gentlemen were so beautifully dressed with perfect decorum and poise, and the ladies had grace and beauty and elegant charm as they glided across the floor.

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To see such a return to elegance truly blessed my soul. There is hope for today, and a lot of it comes through the discipline and reward of ballroom dancing which is stronger today than ever. Write on your calendar that you are going to call your Arthur Murray Dance Center and start on you new dancing journey. You’ll be glad you did!

We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is
determined by what we do with it.– Mary Blake

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to be a Champion Dancer!

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.

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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

3-7-14 The Arthur Murray Lifestyle

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David Earl Woodbury

No 11 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, March 7, 2014

The Arthur Murray Lifestyle!

This week we observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. How does my Arthur Murray Lifestyle apply to Lent? Well, today I was Team Leader for the 8 AM Mass for ashes, and who do I see, my students, my staff, and the Arthur Murray Dancers of St. Monica’s. We are the dancers for Dancing With Our Stars, a fundraiser for the Arts Department of St. Monica’s Schools March 7, 2014.

Arthur Murray ManAs I am guiding our wonderful Hospitality Team Members into their spots, I see the faculty around me who are participating in the upcoming event. I say hello to my very own student who is just finishing the 6:30 AM Mass. I see the principal of both schools and realize that I am truly living the Arthur Murray Lifestyle.

You see, I have the unique experience of living, worshiping, and working with my friends and neighbors in my Santa Monica community.  This is a great responsibility, for I must live the life of a true Arthur Murray man, a man of character and grace and poise, while remaining a leader and mentor to others. I see our students at mass, at the market, walking to the beach, shopping, and generally all over the city of Santa Monica.

Arthur and Kathryn Two PhotosThis is a challenge in many ways for I am a human full of faults and flaws. I get tired and grumpy and sometimes lose my smile. Here’s a lesson I have learned. When I am dancing, greeting others, serving others in any way, a genuine smile creates a magical environment.  A smile comforts others and opens up the doors of trust, communication, and connection.

For you see, being an Arthur Murray Man means being the leader that others are looking up to. I do not have the luxury of a bad day, a grumpy mood, a sour attitude. I must leave the negative behind and carry light so others may see.  Today I read a story of a teenager who created a flashlight that operated from the heat of the human hand. This could potentially change the lifestyle of many, many people who do not have electricity. We have to be that light for others, generated by the heat of our passion for life and service.

Arthur Murray on ShipThus, the reason for Lent. I am giving up my anger, my doubts, my grumpy moods, my darkness. What am I doing for Lent, sharing laughter, light, and life with others. Cleaning up my mouth from negative talk (and worrdie dirdies) and filling my voice with words of hope and affirmation. It will be a 40 day journey and I have taken the first step. Want to go with me?

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

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