“Treat Others with Respect, Kindness and Generosity”

“Treat Others with Respect, Kindness and Generosity”

Week 33 8-13-21 “Treat Others with Respect, Kindness and Generosity”

Changing Lives Through Dancing – by David Woodbury                                                                           Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica, CA


“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”

– Nathaniel Branden (1930 – 2014)

American Author and Psychologist



One of the most beautiful aspects of ballroom dancing is the etiquette found on the dance floor. The politeness off and on the dance floor. The floorcraft used while dancing. The true meanings of being a gentleman and a lady as couples turn and swirl around each other on a crowded floor as the music plays and the dresses sway.


When you watch the competitors lining up for their championship heats, they are so respectful of one another and the level of kindness and camaraderie are very present and easy to see. Chivalry lives on through ballroom dancing. It gives one hope and peace.


“The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.”

– Albert Einstein

(1879-1955) German-American Physicist


My husband, Joel Rieck, is a true example of someone who demonstrates being kind, on and off the dance floor. Next to my mother, J. Clair, he is the nicest person I have ever known. Joel exhibits truth and beauty through all he does and through all he experiences.  He is the calm; I am the storm.


“To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.”

– Jean Anouilh (1910 – 1987)

French dramatis


To maintain a top level of civility takes a lot of work. It does not come naturally to me. I have a quick mouth and temper, but the last decade has greatly tempered that through many lessons I have learned. Now, I have learned to listen and speak last and respond with a lovely tone. I have learned that even though I have the right to say anything I want to say, it does not mean that it is always the right thing to do. Listening to others and answering with a kind tone goes a long way.


“Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.”

– Sir Frederick Treves (1853 – 1923)

English Surgeon


This October 15th is my 45th anniversary of being an Arthur Murray professional. In 5 more years, at 70, I will finally retire after 50 years. Perhaps I’ll become a student again and dance until I’m 100, who knows! Pitty the poor teacher that gets me as a student. Can you just hear me saying “Are you SURE that’s the right way to do that step”!

Here’s to a lifetime of dancing, living, and loving!

Keep on Dancing,

David Woodbury