“Becoming Ginger Rogers” book launch benefits Dancing Classrooms

book coverThe recent industry launch of PR maven Patrice Tanaka’s new book, “Becoming Ginger Rogers…How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO,” was a fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms.

“I can’t think of a better way to launch my book, which is a memoir/business book about the personal and professional transformation I experienced through ballroom dance, than to use it as a fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms, a program I have long admired for its success in helping to transform young lives one step at a time through ballroom dance,” explains Tanaka.

Ballroom champion Pierre Dulaine and his dance partner, Yvonne Marceau, founded Dancing Classrooms in 1994. The New York City-based nonprofit that brings ballroom dance into schools across the country and, now globally, has transformed the lives of more than 300,000 children and inspired the award-winning documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom,” and the film, Take the Lead,” starring Antonio Banderas as Dulaine.

“I first started taking ballroom dance lessons at Pierre Dulaine’s dance studio in New York City and have witnessed the tireless dedication of Pierre and Yvonne in building this remarkable program from one New York City elementary school in 1994 to more than 500 schools across the country today, including in Jaffa, Israel, where 10-year old Israeli-Jewish and Israeli-Palestinian children were brought together for the first time through ballroom dance.”

Ms. Tanaka will also make a donation to the nonprofit for every book sold through February 15, 2012, the date of Dancing Classrooms 18th Annual Gala Dinner-Dance at The Pierre Hotel in New York City at which she will be the nonprofit organization’s first-ever “corporate honoree.”

To order a copy of “Becoming Ginger Rogers” and, at the same time, donate to Dancing Classrooms, please click on either of the following links:



At the book party, co-hosted by MultiVu, a PR Newswire company, and CommPRO.biz at The Ball New York on December 14, 2011, Ms. Tanaka spoke about how she started ballroom dance lessons at age 50 to satisfy a lifelong dream of dancing like Ginger Rogers and, in so doing, found her way to “unimaginable joy.” She recounted how she turned to ballroom dancing to lift herself from a deep depression she fell into post-9/11, the unraveling of a successful business she co-founded, and the prolonged illness and death of her beloved husband.

Ms. Tanaka said that she took up ballroom dancing at a time when she was feeling “totally burnt out and uninspired”  Ballroom dancing, she said, helped her to reclaim her life.

In “Becoming Ginger Rogers,” Ms. Tanaka talks about the “lessons she learned from ballroom dancing that have application beyond the dance floor” such as:

  • The importance of being fully present – mind, body and spirit – in helping you to communicate more effectively, create stronger connections and partner more successfully with others in your personal and professional life.
  • How “overrated” and inhibiting perfectionism is; more important, she says, is to live full-out and fearlessly even if you make some missteps.
  • How visualizing your dreams are the first step in manifesting them.
  • How living every moment of your life in a way that is fulfilling in and of itself, and not dependent on some future you may not have, is the best way to live and to be “good to go” especially if you have little warning like the nearly 3,000 people who perished at work in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Ms. Tanaka concluded her remarks by urging guests to “pursue your joy with a sense of urgency” and not to postpone this critical action by thinking that they had the “luxury of an endless future” to do so.

3 thoughts on ““Becoming Ginger Rogers” book launch benefits Dancing Classrooms

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  2. Peggy, your recent blog post on “being present” made me think you’d enjoy this book. For example, in the chapter “You Must Be Present to Win,” Tanaka quotes one of her ballroom dance instructors as follows: “Your mind lives in the past and in the future. Your soul lives in the present. In dancing, it’s your mind that thinks about your missteps, which is the past, and worries about your next step, which is the future. Only your soul can keep you firmly in the present.”

    Good advice — for dancing and for life.

    Thanks for commenting!

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