Press Release 

Ballroom Dancing as Therapy:
How it Transformed One Woman's Life


(New York, NY) – Can you really dance your way to happiness? Yes, according to one New York woman who says ballroom dancing helped her reclaim her life and find her way to unimaginable joy.

Asian Women in Business (AWIB) is pleased to have board member and author Patrice Tanaka talk about discovering ballroom dancing and using this unconventional method to transform her life.

World-class dancers featured on the ABC hit show "Dancing With the Stars" will join Tanaka in this one-of-a-kind event.

During the event, "World Mambo" and "World Salsa" Champion Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine and his partner Liana Churilova will conduct a group Mambo lesson. These remarkable dancers will teach participants some of the most challenging dance moves out there.

They will also perform a ballroom dance exhibition that is sure to captivate audience members. The pair has received national attention, appearing on other hit shows like "The View" and "America’s Ballroom Challenge."

Tanaka’s new book is called Becoming Ginger Rogers…How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO. Publishers Weekly called it "…an absorbing, inspirational memoir of a gutsy woman navigating through crises toward self-fulfillment." In the book, Tanaka shares her poignant story. She says she used ballroom dancing to reclaim her life after the death of her husband and unraveling of her successful business. Tanaka is the Co-Chair and Chief Creative Officer of CRT/tanaka, an award-winning national agency specializing in public relations and marketing.

Tanaka will share highlights from her book and be available to sign copies.

Refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011; 6 PM-9PM
Where: Dance Times Square, 156 W 44th Street, Third Floor, New York City
Cost: AWIB Members- Free; Non-Members $25
Please RSVP by September 16t. 


Asian Women In Business ( is the only nonprofit organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian women. AWIB sponsors conferences, workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics and holds frequent networking activities to enable members to make important business contacts. 



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