Friday, March 16, 2012
What got you here won’t get you there. We need to re-invent ourselves.
After 36 years with Arthur Murray, I guess I have evolved. Remember the days we played LP records, 45 rpm records, then cassettes, then MP3’s, and now “the Cloud”? Who knows what the future holds for us, but I can tell you one thing, I’ll be at the forefront of all the new technology and gadgets! I will not be left behind when it comes to the newest thing out there. (Some of you still remember the Victrola and Cylinders!)
Recently I was introduced to the Amazon Player and all my music is now on “The Cloud”. I will never use an MP3 player again. Anywhere and at any time, I have access to hundreds of hours of music. Wow, life has changed. With my smart phone, I can have all my dance music and dance videos with me at all times. Now it is possible to take pictures of dancing, or videos, and share them instantly with the world on Facebook. What happened to the Photomat and Tower Records?
Technology rushes on and surprisingly, dancing uses all the new gizmos and thingamajigs. Every competition now uses MP3 files on a laptop for the world’s largest dance events. Remember taking LP’s to a dance competition? Now, we text or email our music to the organizer and they have the music ready for us without using any CD’s.
We have the opportunity to evolve with the times. We have the ability to re-invent ourselves constantly to stay new and fresh. Using the old ways just seems archaic now. Who knows what will be in store for all the new junior dancers we see today. What new ways of sharing dance and music will they have in the future? Who knows!
What about the old ways? Our recent book of the month was Pyramid of Success, by John Wooden, the Ultimate Guide to Life, Leadership, Friendship and Love. Let’s remember some of these tried and true pyramid building blocks; Faith, Patience, Integrity, Reliability, Honesty, Resourcefulness and Sincerity, to mention just a few.
Now to a challenging part of re-inventing our success… Communication. I always share with our couples that the most important reason for them to take lessons is for the Partnership and Connection that they will experience together. Dancing is so much fun. It is the very simple act of the leader giving positive indications to a partner who has learned to interpret those actions into the physical responses of following.
As we renew ourselves, let’s remember the qualities of grace, poise and elegance in our new hectic and modern world. These qualities are the glue that will hold us together as we race down the new modern expressway of life.
Next Week: Change, It’s the only thing we can truly count on!
David Earl Woodbury
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