“Courage is Grace Under Pressure”
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“Courage is Grace Under Pressure”

Our motto this year at Arthur Murray Santa Monica is: “See Clearly in 2020. Make all your dancing dreams come true!” No.10 3-6-2020 “Courage is Grace Under Pressure” Our above quote today is from Ernest Hemingway. I remember when I was an Arthur Murray dance student in 1975. I was 18 came as a guest...

2-28-20 “Ballroom Dancing as an Oasis”
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2-28-20 “Ballroom Dancing as an Oasis”

Our motto this year at Arthur Murray Santa Monica is: “See Clearly in 2020. Make all your dancing dreams come true!” No. 09 2-28-2020 “See Clearly in 2020” Changing Lives Through Dancing “Ballroom Dancing as an Oasis” During these present times we have a lot of chaos thrown at us. Worldwide virus contamination, election news...

“How to have a turnaround in your thoughts” 2-7-20
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“How to have a turnaround in your thoughts” 2-7-20

Our motto this year at Arthur Murray Santa Monica is: “See Clearly in 2020. Make all your dancing dreams come true!” No 06 2-7-2020 “See Clearly in 2020” Changing Lives Through Dancing “How to have a turnaround in your thoughts” Recently, I have been having a rough time with my thoughts. As hard as I...

No 48 11-29-19 “A Season of Thanksgiving!”
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No 48 11-29-19 “A Season of Thanksgiving!”

43+ years of dancing for me with Arthur Murray Dance Centers! I am thankful every day for having ballroom and social dancing in my life. These years have given me a true Arthur Murray family, enabled me to travel the world, dance, judge, choreograph and live a dream life in every way. Dancing has been...

No 40 10-4-19 “How to Find Your Hero”
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No 40 10-4-19 “How to Find Your Hero”

I have always looked for heroes, and I have had many in my life. My father, Troy D. Woodbury, Sr. was a major hero and mentor in my life. Being born in 1909, daddy had a unique outlook on life. He was smart, hard-working, frugal, faithful and a great man of service and faith. Jim...

No 37 How to Plan your Dancing Future 9-13-19
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No 37 How to Plan your Dancing Future 9-13-19

One of my favorites parts of being an Arthur Murray man is planning my dancing future. Here, in September 2019, I am finishing our Dream Sheet for 2020! Our branding for next year is “See Clearly in 2020! Make all your Dancing Dreams Come True!” I love having things to look forward to. I love...

No 36 How to Keep you Enthusiasm 9-6-19
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No 36 How to Keep you Enthusiasm 9-6-19

October 15, 2019 is my 43rd anniversary with Arthur Murray Dance Centers. I have worn many hats: student, instructor, Guest Director, Counselor, Supervisor, Manager, Franchise, National Guest Director, organizer, producer, speaker, Chamber of Commerce Board member, and I have loved my whole journey. Some of my friends have been franchisees longer, some have more money,...

No 30 “Optimism is Essential to Achievement “July 26, 2019
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No 30 “Optimism is Essential to Achievement “July 26, 2019

“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” – Nicholas Murray Butler (1862 – 1947) American philosopher What does it mean to be optimistic? What is that life like as an optimistic person? The answers may vary. Ask a family with five children, a single working mom, an...

No 25 A Safe Place June 21, 2019
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No 25 A Safe Place June 21, 2019

After 43 years with Arthur Murray Dance Centers, I can finally say what Arthur Murray means to us all. It is a safe place. It is a place where we are free from judgment, fear, failure, exclusivity, and danger. Our schools are a place for us to fit in and feel at home away from...

No 17 4-26-19 “It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”
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No 17 4-26-19 “It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) A man of many talents best known for his inspiring speeches while leading the United Kingdom during World War Two. What is success on the Ballroom Dance Floor? Is it winning? Is it dancing...