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Get Inspired. Get Dancing!

Burlington, Ontario - January, 7th

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.

Canadian and North American Amateur Standard Ballroom Champion, Robert Tang, was recently featured in a fun television commercial, as part of ParticipACTION’s “Get Inspired. Get Moving” national advertising campaign that recently aired nationally on various television networks. His story (“Ballroom Dancing for Fun, Fitness & Romance“) was one out of almost 2,000 stories collected from 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 by starting their own company, danceScape. Their mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people who have a passion for Dance and the Creative Arts experience.

They have recently launched a new “Life Makeover” Seminar series where they and other guest panelists share health, nutrition, and stress management tips, as well as participate in fun Dance Fitness and Couples Dancing lessons in danceTONE, Ballroom and Latin/ Salsa (partner not necessary).

The first “Life Makeover” series starts in January, with Robert sharing his inspirational story about how Ballroom helped him overcome acute shyness and dyslexia. Joining Robert will be Nutrition Expert, Michele Benoit, who will share her inspirational story about coping with Celiac Disease and provide tips about food, diet and a wholelistic approach to health and wellness. Other dates will be posted on the danceScape website at

For more information or to register for this and other upcoming FREE seminars, call (905) 633-8808 or E-mail [email protected]

About danceScape
danceScape is a provider of dance-based Lifestyle programs for the Inspiration Seeker. The company’s mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people who have a passion for Dance and the Creative Arts. danceScape creates Life-Changing experiences that result in personal growth, health & wellness, and entrepreneurial success for their worldwide members. Their “For Absolute Beginners” Ballroom Dancing, Club Salsa/Latin, danceTONE, Zumba, Wedding Dance Bootcamp workshops, and Health & Wellness Seminars provide inspiration to customers in their quest for fun recreation, fitness, and romance or relationship activities.


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