Get Inspired. Get Moving. with danceScape on ParticipACTION

Burlington, Ontario - April, 10th




ParticipACTION
 is the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada.  The organization’s goal is to inspire Canadians to increase their level of activity and to inspire society to make it easier to become more physically active.


danceScape’s Robert Tang will be featured in a fun television commercial, as part of ParticipACTION’s “Get Inspired.  Get Moving” national advertising campaign that launches in April and airing nationally on various television networks.  His story (“Ballroom Dancing for Fun, Fitness & Romance“) was one out of almost 2,000 stories collected through ParticipACTION’s Get Inspired. Get Moving.campaign and posted directly to their online Wall of Inspiration.


It was Robert’s parents, Aaron & Judy, who introduced him to Ballroom Dancing. He didn’t know it yet at the time, but also to his future dance partner and wife, Beverley.


States Robert, “My parents, sister and I immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s to escape from the political issues in Malaysia at the time.  My father was a Ballroom Champion in his youth, and decided to revisit his passion by taking lessons in Waterdown, Ontario with my mother.  When they decided to compete for their first time together at a competition in Kitchener, my sister and I decided to go to the event and cheer them on.It was there that I was introduced to Beverley and you could say, quickly became her ‘secret admirer’.”


For someone who has had to battle chronic shyness and dyslexia throughout his youth and adult life, Robert discovered a way to cope with those challenges through the sport of competitive Ballroom Dancing.  “When my voice wouldn’t naturally say what my brain wanted, dancing was ideal for me because I could communicate non-verbally through facial expression and body movement. And the skill of leading a partner around the floor made it similar to a game of chess, so it provided a fun way to challenge my mind.”



Their hard work started to pay off, and ultimately resulted in their becoming 3-time Canadian and 2-time North American Undefeated Amateur Ballroom Champions.  They represented Canada at five World Amateur Championships, competing in Denmark, Holland, Austria, Germany, and Japan.  Having participated in other sports like Martial Arts, Tennis, and Track & Field, Robert was training and expending energy that was equivalent to what he did in those other sports.


In 2001, Robert and Beverley left their corporate jobs and began a new chapter of their lives as Ballroom Dance instructors.  They’ve been teaching people to dance ever since, with students ranging from teens/youths, young adults, baby boomers and seniors.


For more information about ParticipACTION, visitwww.participaction.com/en-us/Stories/ViewStories.aspx?StoryID=1318 (search on “Ballroom Dancing” or “danceScape”).  For Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Swing, danceTONE, Zumba or swirlZ dance lessons with danceScape, visit http://lessons.dancescape.com.


Read about Robert’s experiences with ParticipACTION on his blog at www.robert-tang.com.

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