Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $1.26 (8%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 14 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Becoming Ginger Rogers: H... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ex-library book. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO Paperback – September 6, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.69
$4.00 $0.01

Get unlimited access to the world's best-selling magazines
One low monthly price, 100s of your favorite titles. > Try Texture FREE
$13.69 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO
  • +
  • Ballroom Dancing Is Not for Sissies: An R-Rated Guide for Partnership
Total price: $32.68
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"...an absorbing, inspirational memoir of a gutsy woman navigating through crises toward self-fulfillment."
— Publishers Weekly

"Becoming Gingers Rogers is a timely exploration of the problems faced by high-flying modern women, as well as a persuasive manifesto for the real-world applications of ballroom—and for the sheer joy of dance."
— Dance Today

“Tanaka's toe-tapping tale of how she awakens to the rhythms of her body and learns to dance through her mistakes — at work as well as in the ballroom — shines with inspiration. It may even send you off to buy a sequined dress and some Ginger Rogers shoes of your own.”
— Alice Schroeder, best-selling author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

“In her compelling Becoming Ginger Roger: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, a Better Partner and Smarter CEO, she reports how she reached stardom in her newfound hobby while morphing her into a more effective manager and boss. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop!”
— Harold Burson, Founder and Chairman, Burson-Marsteller

"If you’re a “Dancing With the Stars” fan, you'll love this book about ballroom dancing and how it transformed Patrice Tanaka's life and made her a happier woman and more successful CEO."
— Edyta Sliwinska, Ballroom Champion, “Dancing With the Stars” Seasons 1-10

"This is such a great analogy … how performing fearlessly in the ballroom world can impact one's courage and perspective in the business world. Patrice Tanaka's inspiring memoir about the lessons she learned on the dance floor and how she applied them to her life and career is a joy to read."
— Nina DiSesa, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, McCann New York

Becoming Ginger Rogers is about performing full out and fearlessly in the ballroom world and adopting that approach to great success in the business world. As her client of more than a decade, I can vouch for that being the case. Patrice has written a joyful and inspiring memoir about the lessons learned from competitive ballroom dancing that have helped her to a richly rewarding business and personal life.”
— Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President, Charles Schwab Foundation

“If you’ve ever thought about learning to ballroom dance, this inspiring book by Patrice Tanaka will convince you to run, not walk, to your nearest dance studio.”
— John Kimmins, President, Arthur Murray Studios

“Through [Tanaka’s] courage and sense of purpose she makes us see what love and determination can achieve."
— Madeline DeVries Hooper, Founder, DeVries PR

About the Author

Patrice Tanaka is co-chair, chief creative officer, and whatcanbe SM ambassador for CRT/tanaka, an entity she helped co-found in September 2005. Her agency has been recognized as the “Best Agency to Work for in America,” “Most Admired Mid-Size PR Agency in the U.S.,” and “#1 Most Creative PR Agency in America,” among other accolades by various PR organizations and trade media. CRT/tanaka has also won more than 300 PR and marketing awards for client campaigns.

Patrice has been honored by many public relations, marketing, business, and civic organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America (“Paul M. Lund Award for Public Service”), The Holmes Group (“Creativity All-Star” Award), New York Women in Communications (“Matrix” Award), Association for Women in Communications (“Headliner” Award), Girl Scout Council of Greater New York (“Woman of Distinction” Award), Working Mother Magazine (“Mothering That Works” Award), and Asian Women in Business (“Entrepreneurial Leadership Award”).

Born and raised in Hawaii, Patrice graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1974 and following that worked as an editor at Hawaii Press Newspapers in Honolulu and later served as PR Director of the Hotel Inter-Continental Maui in Wailea. In 1979, she fulfilled a life-long dream of moving to New York City. Patrice joined Jessica Dee Communications, a PR agency she helped to build, which was acquired by Chiat/Day Advertising in 1987. In 1990, she led a management buyback of a group of eleven colleagues to co-found PT&Co. and served as the PR agency’s CEO & Chief Creative Officer. In 2005, Patrice and her co-founders sold PT&Co. to Richmond, Virginia-based Carter Ryley Thomas to form CRT/tanaka.

A widow since 2003, Patrice lives in Manhattan. She devotes much of her free time to serving on the boards of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping women and girls, including the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the American Friends of Phelophepa (the South African health care train), and Asian Women in Business. She also serves on the Past Presidents Council of New York Women in Communications and is a former trustee and member of the Women’s Forum New York. Patrice is a competitive ballroom dancer and avid tennis player.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936661039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936661039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Joyce A. Richards on September 4, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Patrice Tanaka has shared her unique story of dreams coming true . In the process of learning Ballroom, she finds herself learning a better way to operate in the board room , and in her personal relationships. By learning about partnership in dance, she found the importance of trust and the freedom and joy in just letting go and allowing true love of oneself... Body and soul. Her story of late life dreams and the real energy involved in acting on those dreams stands as a model for us all to follow.
In the book we learn the behind the scene world of learning competitive dancing while at the same time learning new ways to work more successfully in a demanding career in unprecedented times of change , I can see clearly in her memoir that no matter what steps are taken, and how good the choreography... a nimble spirit filled with joy can make all the difference ! The book was fun to read and it stands as one woman's samba toward self realization that we all can learn from. The book is uniquely structured and it was for me a fun afternoon read. Very easy to follow and very easy to provide one's own personal empathy and true life analogies. Great book for boomers who have for whatever reason, put dreams in moth balls!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Start with a love of Ginger. Add 3 cups' vulnerability. A pound or two of tenacity. And whip together with a whole lot of savvy instinct. You've got the makings of a hilarious and awe-inspiring memoir on how a perfectionist can find self-awareness, health, wellness and joy at any time in life's journey, even in one's 50s. In Becoming Ginger Rogers, we go on a heartfelt and entertaining waltz through one woman's most challenging life moments. We learn the basic steps for dancing through these moments with more ease and grace and brilliance -- not to mention joy!!

Patrice Tanaka combines self-deprecation and huge insight in a way only highly intelligent writers and thinkers can. Her honesty both with herself and thus the reader packs a powerful punch and her smart internal temperature reads teach us all how to be better, smarter and happier at whatever we do while on this journey of life.
And along the way, she's become one heck of dancer as evidenced by her online videos!!!!
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I've know Patrice Tanaka for almost 30 years and have shared in many of her triumphs as well as difficult times. But reading her book took me to places in her experience that I did not know existed. Her "no holds barred" approach combined with her practical insights and wisdom is a true inspiration. Regardless of your interests or station in life, there is something for everyone in this book! I loved reading it.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved Patrice's book. She made this wonderful experience with ballroom dancing into a must read for any business person. The lessons learned are truly universal and it was great to see this deftly put to pen by a captivating story teller. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Saturated in a genuine voice Patrice Tanaka courageously shares her personal journey from a place of wisdom, integrity and service.
Many valuable and progressive messages and lessons make this work a must read and a great book club choice.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a great read! In "Becoming Ginger Rogers," Patrice Tanaka shares her life lessons as a business leader, devoted wife, and professional ballroom dancer. Ms. Tanaka's life lessons go well beyond the PR field and ballroom dancing. It is applicable to all aspects of life. The milestone events she covers from her workplace, her personal life, and the dance floor, are thoroughly entertaining, serious, philosophical, humorous, and inspiring, all at once. As a reader, this is one of those books that you just don't want to put down. It is, in itself, like an exciting dance which you experience with each unfolding chapter, and which grows deeper in meaning as you begin to realize how these life lessons can apply to your own life. At the end of the final chapter, you are left wanting more, wondering when the sequel will arrive! If there is one book you have time for this month, or this year, read this one!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
We first meet Patrice at her job. She is co-running a public relations firm in New York City, and the firm is working on a PR campaign for a Dyson vacuum about a year after 9/11. She hasn't stepped foot in a ballroom studio yet, but the need is there. She works endlessly to take care of her firm and the people who work there, and to care for her sick husband, while also making time for charity work. She's all give and no receive, and it's wearing her down.

Her first dance lesson comes as a result of meeting with an executive coach. It is a homework assignment of sorts, after the coach asks her what brings her joy and, without really thinking about it, Patrice blurts out "dancing!"

The book is a mix of stories from Patrice's work, ballroom and home worlds. And, as expected, the longer she dances ballroom, the greater impact it has on the rest of her life. The book is a little heavy on the work stories, as that part of her life is most impacted by dance. The stories are also nice marketing for her firm, as you read about the success they bring to their prestigious clients and how much effort and care they put into their campaigns. I'll admit I started to wonder what a PR firm would do for an author like me!

I love her description of her first competition. I laughed at the moments that only seem ridiculous the first time you experience them, like the 20 layers of makeup you wear to compete as a woman. I also appreciate that, throughout the book, she takes the time to explain some of the basic concepts of the various dances . Anyone reading the book who hasn't tried ballroom will still be able to follow along and understand what she's writing about.

It was fun to read another "life transformed by ballroom" story.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO