A Season of Thanksgiving – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, November 23, 2012   As President of the United States, George Washington, proclaimed November 26, 1789 the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration in America, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God”. Today Thanksgiving is a holiday that transcends religion and ethnic background.  Individuals …

Rising to the Level of Expectations? (Life Training) – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, November 16, 2012   The golden rule of training: What you do in training, you will do under stress. Essentially this means that you’ll default to your level of preparation, which is why you train, train, train! You don’t rise to the level of your expectations; you fall to the level of your training. -Archilochus, Greek Soldier.    The …

Believing is Seeing – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, November 9, 2012   Dance is such a public thing.  You put yourself out there in front of others for them to see you just as you are.  I think I like it.  When I am dancing in front of others, it is one of the most relaxing times in my life. It is the happiest moment in my …

Eyes are the Window of the Soul – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, October 26, 2012   Recently, I read a story about a woman who had suffered from cataracts, and after many years finally had surgery.  Her husband was driving to pick her up at the hospital, and as he drove up, he saw her gazing at the sidewalk. “Oh no” he said, “She’s lost her new contacts”.  As he walked …

The Gingham Dress – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, October 19, 2012   The Gingham Dress from A TRUE STORY By Malcolm Forbes   A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such …

Go See Your Dad Now! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, October 12, 2012   An Inspired Word in time… may change someone’s life. My gift and joy in dancing is that I can watch a dancer or a couple, and immediately know how to make them better.  I can do it quickly and have them laughing and feeling great about their dancing as part of the process.  First, I …

The Job Interview – Health and Fitness through Dancing

October 5, 2012   The young man, John, sat nervously in the waiting room looking at his smartphone. He wore polished shoes, a freshly cleaned suit, and a crisp new shirt. In his hand was his job description and resume. John knew he was perfect for the job. He saw an interior door open and the company VP escorted an …

Eeyore, My Champion! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

September 28, 2012   Someone said to me recently, “Your favorite Disney character must be Tigger!” I just could not burst their bubble and tell them that it is truly Eeyore.  I have a collection of Eeyore memorabilia at home, from soft Eeyores to Lenox collectables, in my china case. Why Eeyore?  Well, he is the champ of all those …

Laughter is the Best Medicine – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Thursday, September 20, 2012   “You can’t change a person.” “They’ll always be that way.” “Those habits are ingrained in them.” “Well, he’s too old to change.” “A tiger can’t change his stripes.” When I see someone who irritates me to death, and I just can’t stand something about them, I suddenly realize that I am seeing in them a …

Attitude is Your Best Accessory… Wear it Well! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, September 14, 2012   Thank you, Toni Yamin, for this blog idea. Having a good attitude, how can we get it? Just look around. Stand on the corner of a busy intersection at rush hour and watch and listen. You’ll see quite an array of personalities in many states of mind. Generally, you’ll see a lot of people in …

The Inspiration of Others Will Lift You Up! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, September 7, 2012   Thanks, Christy Melgoza, for this blog idea. Christy walked up to me today and asked, “How was the Disneyland Half Marathon?”, and I said, “GREAT!” We started at 5:45 AM along with 17,000 runners at Disneyland in Anaheim. Yes, we trained for, ran, and finished a 13.1 mile foot race! I thought my running days …

Who Do You Feed? – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 31, 2012   An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which …

When God Closes A Door – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 24, 2012   “Well, that opportunity passed me by.” “I’ll never have another chance to do that again.” “O, I missed it!” “Why didn’t that work out for me?” “How could I have been wrong about that?” “That will never happen again”. Don’t you hate it when you just miss something? A deadline for a dance comp, late …

The Talents, Being a Good Steward! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 17, 2012 “Well, I’m just not talented enough to dance” “He’s better than I am” “They have all the ability and I just can’t learn” I’m here to tell you: no matter if you have only one gift, or many gifts, you just have to use them.  If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm, and if you …

It's Never Too Late! The Story of Grandma Moses – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 10, 2012   Anna Mary Robertson, born from humble beginnings on September 7, 1860 in New York, said her paintings were rooted in her ability to make ‘something from nothing’. She turned out her first picture when she was 76 years old, and during her lifetime she painted more than 1,000 pictures, twenty-five of them after she had …

Surround Yourself with the Best – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 3, 2012   “You Become the People You Surround Yourself With”   Surround yourself with people you want to become like. Wisely choose the company you keep. Be unyielding in surrounding yourself with those who bring out the best in you, your life’s direction depends on it. Remember to have the courage to be a friend and mentor …