Conquering a Goal From Her Bucket List, A Story About Patricia

Every New Year we have people coming in with their New Year’s resolution of learning to dance. On the first Friday evening of January Patricia and her friends stood outside of the large glass window of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Woodland Hills. After several minutes of watching one of our practice sessions, Patricia was the only one of …

How to Become a Good Dancer, Part 12 – The Rumba

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an excerpt from Arthur Murray’s book How to Become a Good Dancer. I particularly like what he wrote in the history of the dances because it is nice to understand where the dances we learn come from. Now remember, when Arthur Murray references the Rumba it is coming from his book that was …

The Next Level – How Do I Get There?

I know you thought you were out of school and finally done with tests. Or maybe you’re still in school and finals are right around the corner. Nonetheless, testing is a crucial part of not only your life but dancing as well. Moving on to the next level can be a really exciting time, but for many, the fear of …

My 100th Blog… The Weighing of the Heart – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, February 8, 2013   Ok, we’re here, our 100th blog! Wow, how can this be?! You have become my family, friends, critiques and idea givers. Thank you all for these past two years. The Weighing of the Heart was an Ancient Egyptian ritual. After death, the deceased’s heart was weighed on the scales of truth and justice, against the …

Are we picking up everybody else's Monkeys?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013   As I read and prepare for staff training meetings, I am often pleasantly surprised at how much I learn and grow as a business owner, and a mom.  The book in question this week is “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey”.  This brilliant book from Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken, Jr., and Hal Burrows is …

One Hundred Things I Have Learned through Blogging! – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, February 1, 2013   Wow, next week is my 100th blog!!! What a thrill this has been to write, and hopefully be an inspiration to others. To tell you the truth, this has changed my life. I have written about J. Clair and Troy Woodbury, my family, my 36 years with Arthur Murray Studios, good health, rough surgeries, success, …

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 …

How to Achieve All Your Goals in 2013 – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 11, 2013   Wow, I’m excited! I have been back to the gym, been back to Weight Watchers, entered a 10K, and I’m dancing my little tootsies off! This is going to be a great year. Last week we spoke about changing our attitudes and I thought about it all week.  The only way to have a new …

How to Change Your Attitude – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 4, 2013  Happy New Year to you all!  Ok, today I stepped on the scales then went on a run. I’m back to my healthy eating regime and packing my gym bag for those after studio visits to the pool and working on my abs. As I write this, I am filled with a new focus and strength.  …

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 World is Going to End – Changing Lives Through Dancing

Thursday, December 20, 2012   The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of beliefs that a catastrophic transformation will occur on December 21, 2012.This date is regarded as the end-date of time on the Mayan calendar. Scholars agree that most of these predictions are misrepresentations and they reject the various proposed doomsday scenarios. The press has had a field day of …

Living Up To Your Potential – Changing Lives Through Dancing

Friday, December 14, 2012   From the Author, Stephen Viscusi, Bulletproof Your Job, comes the idea of how to keep your job in these turbulent times. One of the secrets he stated was: Be Easy, Be Visible, Be Useful, Be Ready. This statement hits such a resounding note in my heart and mind that I have made it a part …

The Four Personality Types – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, December 7, 2012   Growing up in Nashville, TN in the 50’s, we just thought people were nice or nasty, happy or sad, crazy or quiet. We thought of people as being helpful or being a hindrance. We knew to stay away from the grumpies, and hang around the fun people.  We all knew someone who could help us …

The Keys to Success – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, November 30, 2012   What is the key to success? What do you consider “having arrived” in your life? Enough money to not worry about bills and financial security? Having great health, a fine home, car, and clothes? Being able to buy anything you want, at any time, for your family? Having the magic job and perfect physical condition? …