Dealing with the Tough Questions – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 25, 2013   “Why am I here?” “Where am I going in my life?” “What will I be doing in the future?” “What do I do next?” “Who can give me answers, who can I talk to?” “How do I move forward in my life?” “Can someone help me change and start a new life?”  Yes, there are …

Don't Let It Change You! – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 18, 2013   Lou and Joyce Gray were a couple I taught in Pheonix for almost nine years!  I taught them from beginners to their Arthur Murray Gold Program.  They were brilliant and I still stay in touch with their daughter. Lou owned a construction company and Joyce was a mom.  They were like family to me.  I’ll …

Goodbye to 2012, Hello to a New Year in 2013! – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, December 28, 2012   You’re not going to believe this, but here are my New Year’s Resolutions: 1.     I gained 10 pounds in the Fall, now off they go! 2.     Return to the gym regularly and get in Great Shape! 3.     Have a Good Attitude and Count my Blessings Daily! 4.     Live each day in good service to others, …

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 …

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 …

Don't Let It Change You! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, July 6, 2012   Ok, I’m a retired choleric. After so many years of dancing, running, and life, I have become a sanguine. I haven’t laughed this much in years. Yes, I’m a list-maker melancholy deep in my heart, and I do try to please others as a phlegmatic, but now, it’s time to laugh and be happy. The …

Self Talk – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, June 15, 2012   “Well, that was stupid” “You are so dumb” “What in idiot” “I’ll never get it” “I just give up” Wow, have you said these things aloud to yourself? Ever heard someone else say this to themselves? I bet you have. Try some revitalization talk. “Let’s try that one again” “OK, start over” “I know I’ll …

Visualization and Imagery – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, June 1, 2012   “Focus, Concentration, Visualization, Imagery, Realization!”   “If you can see yourself doing it, you can make it happen”. Toni Yamin Let’s chat about how to make something wonderful happen in our lives. How to set life goals and the ways to achieve them. To start with, I detest setting goals.  I think they’re opaque and …

Who is Your Hero? – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, May 25, 2012   Who are the mentors in your life? I have several. First are Dan Schwalla and Joe Christian. These are two men who guide me spiritually and show me that I am wanted, needed, and that I can always make a difference in someone else’s life. My next hero was my dad.  When Colonel Woodbury passed, …

DWTS Season 14, Semi-Finals

Tuesday, May 15, 201 I can’t believe we are down to the semi-finals already!  Last week my predictions were correct with a double elimination…Roshon Fegan and Melissa Gilbert left the show. Four stars will dance two dances, and only three will make it to the finale. I have no idea how I’m going to predict this week? William and Cheryl …

DWTS Season 14, Week 8

Tuesday, May 8, 2012   6 Stars remain and a double elimination is coming.  Last night had 2 dances, a Ballroom round and a trio round.  First the Ballroom round… Donald sold the Tango this week with strong movement and sharp transitions.  His frame has improved, but he still needs to pull up and be taller.  Donald’s footwork was good, …

DWTS Season 14, Week 7

Tuesday, May 1, 2012   This week is classical week.  As for last week, my predictions came true… Roshon and Gladys were the bottom two, with Gladys being eliminated. Gladys was a class act and had a descent amount of talent.  Unfortunetley, not enough for this season. Starting off classical week is our classical singer, Katherine Jenkins, performing a Rumba …

Living in the Present – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, April 27, 2012   “All of our best days strung together like a beautiful string of pearls.”   You’re sitting by yourself, still and quiet, and a tear forms and falls from your cheek. A past memory, a remembered pain, a distant moment resurfaces. You don’t know why, but the tears begin to flow and you are lost in …

DWTS Season 14, Week 6

Tuesday, April 24, 2012     Oh no, I knew this one was coming…  Say good-bye to Gavin DeGraw.  Nice job Gavin, there is just stiff competition this season. Motown week was kicked off with some good, old school music and from Smoky Robinson and Martha Reeves.  The original artists were there to sing live while the couples danced.  Too …

DWTS Season 14, Week 5

Tuesday, April 17, 2012   It was Latin night on Dancing with the Stars and Santana was playing, so you know it’s going to be a good night!  This is the best intro and exit music that DWTS has ever had. Jaleel and Kim opened the show with a booty shaking Samba.  He is hoping to get high scores this …

DWTS Season 14, Week 4

Tuesday, April 10, 2012   Are you ready to rock?  It’s rock week on Dancing with the Stars! We’re going back to good old Quiet Riot!  Sherri and Val danced an attitude filled Tango, which matched both of their feisty personalities nicely!  She had nice poses throughout the dance; however, the short skirt with the high boots made not so good …