America's Love For TV
Dance Shows Has Long History
(NAPSI)—Dance in America is bigger than ever. Popular
shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing
with the Stars” have enraptured the public and inspired
a whole new generation to get up and dance. It seems
nothing has had an impact on the mass appeal of dance
more than television. But TV’s love affair with dance
isn’t new. In fact, dance on TV goes back to the
earliest days of the small screen.
How It Began
In 1950, the first dance show waltzed onto the
airwaves. It was called “The Arthur Murray Party,”
hosted by famous dancers Arthur and Kathryn Murray. Each
week, the couple performed a mystery dance and the
viewer who correctly identified the dance would get free
lessons at a local studio. Just two years later,
“American Bandstand” debuted, featuring the perennially
young host Dick Clark. For nearly 40 years, kids from
around the country would tune in to see the hottest new
dances, the fashions and the regular couples on the
show. Then, in 1971, “Soul Train” offered a new, funky
version of the dance show concept and was so successful
that it lasted 35 years.
Stepping Up The Energy
Later came such TV dance hits as “Dance Fever” with
Deney Terrio (1979−87), “Solid Gold” (1980−’88) and
“Dance Party USA” (1986−’92). Then, in 2005, came what
would become ratings-smashing hits-“Dancing with the
Stars,” which was a spin-off of the U.K. TV show
“Strictly Come Dancing,” and “So You Think You Can
Dance,” the competition show that, like “American Idol,”
holds auditions for dancers to win a spot on the show.
Finalists compete for a new car, cash and a Las Vegas
The Trend Continues
Today, such shows are bigger than ever and the arts
channel Ovation is featuring encore presentations of
seasons 6 and 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” along
with some fantastic extras with the dancers,
choreographers, judges and creators of the show on air
and online at www.ovationtv.com.
The channel is also launching a contest called “One
Dance. One Chance.” for aspiring dance students. The
competition is open to all dance groups, classes,
ensembles, troupes and crews, with dancers ages 13 and
up. For more information visit www.ovationtv.com/dancecontest.
Whether you’re a kid, a teen, an adult or a senior
citizen, you’re never too young or old to enjoy dancing.
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Empty Nest With Entertainment
(NAPSI)—The words “empty nest” can conjure up images
of sad and lonely parents sitting at home, waiting for
their children to call or text. However, experts say
that some parents, often referred to as “empty nest
opportunists,” report feeling 10 years younger after
adjusting to their new lives. One study, reported in the
journal Psychological Science (Nov. ‘08), also revealed
that the empty nest may have beneficial effects on a
During this awakening, parents may widen their circle
of friends, acquire new skills and rekindle their love
lives. But even if they’re struggling to adjust, it’s an
opportunity to fill extra free time with newly found
activities. One option is to ease the transition from
happy family to dynamic duo by establishing a movie date
night—right at home.
Couples can begin by “spooning up” to view some of
those movies languishing on their must-see lists, and
they can watch instantly in that now-quiet entertainment
room. As part of digital cable service, the Movies On
Demand option offers a wide selection of popular
theatrical movie titles, including recent hits such as
Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” the Judd
Apatow−produced “Bridesmaids” starring Kristen Wiig and
Maya Rudolph, or “Thor” with Oscar winners Sir Anthony
Hopkins and Natalie Portman, and “X-Men: First Class”
starring James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon.
New HD releases, as well as hundreds of favorites and
classics, are available to rent for just a few dollars
each, with a simple push of the TV remote button.
There’s no “ruining the moment” by driving off to rent a
DVD or waiting for it to arrive by mail. Plus, waiting a
month for the hottest titles is a thing of the past.
Many are available on Movies On Demand on cable the same
day as the DVDs are available for purchase.
To see what’s playing now and what’s coming soon to
On Demand, visit www.rentmoviesondemand. com. Visitors can even sign
up to receive e-mail alerts when a sought-after title is
Movies, like time, were meant to be shared. This is a
simple way for couples to reconnect and fill their empty
nest with great entertainment.
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Buy A Movie
On Blu-ray And Watch It On The Go
(NAPSI)—Technology is making it easier to take your
movie with you wherever you go.
When you buy a Blu-ray Disc movie, as an added bonus
you can enjoy a Digital Copy that allows you to download
the same film to your favorite portable device.
For no extra cost, this bonus Digital Copy comes with
the Blu-ray Disc and loads digitally via easy-to-follow
instructions into a PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet or other
portable device. Now the movies you enjoy at home on
Blu-ray Disc in high definition with razor-sharp images
and crystal-clear sounds can also travel with you.
This way, you can also view your favorite movies:
• on vacation
• on a business trip
• during flights and commutes
• in a college dorm room
• in a family car trip
• at a friend’s house
• anywhere in your home.
This addition means more freedom and flexibility to
choose when and how you watch films. Transferring is
quick and easy. Look inside the package for the Digital
Copy web address and corresponding code. Go online and
type the web address. You will be prompted to enter the
code. From there, you will be able to transfer the movie
to your computer. Once it’s on your computer, you can
also add it to your mobile devices.
The copy can be transferred only once, but it’s yours
to keep and it can be viewed as many times as you want.
Having access to Digital Copy is an asset to any mobile
device, especially for occasions such as a family
vacation or airline flight. Studios now also sell “Combo
Packs,” which contain a Blu-ray Disc, a digital version
and a DVD for those who have a variety of playback
devices in their homes.
All this means greater choice for the consumer. You
can enjoy the quality of Blu-ray Discs at home, while
enjoying the flexibility of having a Digital Copy to
take with you on your portable device.
For more information on the Digital Copy, go to www.wbdigitalcopy.com.
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Tips For Helping Kids Celebrate
Differences-Their Own And Others
(NAPSI)—Helping youngsters understand
themselves and the ways they react to others can
be easier for many families when they begin with
a fun activity that inspires productive
conversation. With a little creative thinking,
these informal discussions can go a long way
toward helping children realize their strengths.
Even a low key activity such as watching a
movie together at home can be constructive if
followed by a discussion of the movie’s themes
and any lessons that can be learned from it.
For example, the simple and endearing story
of Dumbo, the little elephant with big ears, can
provide a good forum for some tough issues.
Disney’s beloved animated classic is available
as a 70th Anniversary Edition, fully restored to
pristine condition in a stunning Blu-ray + DVD
Combo Pack, making it fresh for today’s kids.
Dumbo’s experiences can be used to safely
introduce and explore difficult topics that
children may face, such as: jealousy,
name-calling, gossiping, bullying, making
friends and fitting in.
Any number of the scenes between Dumbo and
his pal Timothy Q. Mouse can help foster
discussion of how to be friends with others who
are different from them, as well as how
differences can become “assets.” And who better
than Timothy with his Magic Feather to inspire a
conversation about the importance of trying
things that at first seem impossible as a way to
overcome fear and build self-confidence.
Another beneficial activity to encourage a
positive discussion of differences in kids might
be an art project, such as the creation of a
personal identity collage to help discover and
celebrate what makes them unique: physical
attributes, likes, dislikes, talents, fears and
You’ll need a table or other area where
things can get a little messy, lots of old
magazines to cut up, newspapers, colored paper,
crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, tape,
scissors, glue stick, large paper or cardboard
sheets. Once the masterpiece is complete,
discuss how the finished art project helps
reveal each person’s differences and celebrate
the work by hanging it up for everyone to see.
Even time in the car can be used to engage in
useful conversations with the family:
• Have each child take turns answering simple
questions such as: “Would you rather travel by
plane or train?” “Would you rather read a book
or go to a movie?” “Would you rather be an
elephant or a mouse?” Discuss the answers to
show how each opinion is a valid one.
• Ask children to state what they love about
themselves by completing the sentence “I love
my...” and applaud those traits in each. Perhaps
follow up with “I don’t like my...” statements
and then suggest ways those traits can be seen
as advantages or assets.
Alternatively, you can celebrate differences
by playing a game of “I Spy,” where you can pick
a subject for kids to find various examples of,
such as looking for different types of hats on
passers-by, varieties of places to eat or
various styles of automobiles to inspire further
understanding of how many choices there are in
the world, all of which have value.
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How Not To Raise
(NAPSI)—Bullying is a problem that has a lot of
parents worried. According to a recent Harris survey, 67
percent of parents of 3- to 7-year-olds worry that their
children will be bullied.
Bullying damages the physical, social and emotional
well-being of its victims. It also hurts the children
who bully, as well as those who watch it happen.
Fortunately, encouraging empathy in young children
can discourage such behavior. Empathy is defined as the
ability to put oneself in another person's shoes and
recognize and respond to what that person is feeling.
Building empathy helps children to consider other
people's feelings and offer expressions of
understanding. It can be as simple as giving a hug,
getting a towel to help clean up a spill, or sharing a
box of crayons with a friend.
"The early years of life appear to be critical for
the development of children's sympathy and caring
behavior," said Dr. Nancy Eisenberg, Regents' professor
of psychology and editor of Child Development
Perspectives. "Children who attend to and respond to
others' distress and need in the late preschool years
are more likely to be caring and helpful people in
adolescence and early adulthood.Ê Thus, it is critical
that parents and teachers be aware of ways that they can
foster their children's positive behaviors early in
The 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout has
designed a campaign to help. "Kindness Counts" supports
the development of empathy in preschoolers by promoting
small acts of kindness that matter big. The long-term
campaign includes a series of PSAs, digital and social
media components and programming tie-ins with the
ultimate goal of logging 1 million acts of kindness
across the country.
Parents are encouraged to visit www.SproutOnline.com
to add their child's act of kindness to the Kindness
Counter. Select acts are highlighted on the air during
the channel's live morning show, "The Sunny Side Up
Show." Parents can also find articles and expert advice
on the value and importance of developing empathy in
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Combining Music With Playtime
Makes Children Happier
(NAPSI)—Whatever your preferred beat, music can
increase optimism, stimulate brain cells and help you
relax and have fun.
According to a recent Harris Interactive survey of
parents of children ages 1−5 years, listening to music
during playtime makes children happier, sillier, more
excited and engages them in play for longer periods of
time; music also makes parents feel more relaxed.
“Music is a mood-lifter for our family,” said Annett
Kohlmann, a mother from Sammamish, WA. “When I turn on
our favorite tunes, the fun begins. I’ve discovered
another wonderful benefit—increased language development
as my children learn the lyrics.”
To fuel the connection between music and play, LEGO
Systems released a series of free, downloadable songs to
inspire and entertain children as they play—DUPLO JAMS.
In addition to upbeat songs, the series offers tips and
activities on how to combine music and building fun in
response to surveyed parents requesting ideas for more
age-appropriate ways to play with their children.
“Parents want to feel energized and creative at
playtime, yet finding new ways to play feels stressful,”
said Kimberley Clayton Blaine, a national parenting
expert known as The Go-To-Mom. “While listening to a
three-minute song, you can engage in meaningful play
with your children leading to feeling more connected,
fulfilled and relaxed.”
As parents opt to spend more time in the playroom,
they look for more inspiration and playtime ideas.
Sixty-three percent of parents say they’re a “coach”
during playtime—guiding at first, then encouraging from
the sidelines. Twenty-six percent consider themselves a
“teammate,” as they play with their child from beginning
to end. Eleven percent said they are a “cheerleader” who
prefers to be a spectator while their child plays.
Parents wanting to incorporate more music into their
child’s playtime should check out Amazon’s massive
selection of children’s music, Common Sense Media music
reviews, as well as Facebook.com/LEGODUPLO for a downloadable magazine
of fun playroom activities and corresponding songs.
“One of the best ways to create a successful playtime
playlist is to let your kids pick the songs,” says
Blaine. “It’s fun to see which ones they choose and be
prepared as they will probably ask to play the music
over and over! So turn on that music, jam out and turn
up the fun during playtime!”
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Exploring Science With Kids
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents. You don’t need
to be a scientist to help your child make discoveries
about shadows, water, motion, plants or animals. All you
need is a willingness to join in.
Four Easy Ways to Explore
1. Let your child take the lead in
2. Take time to look, wonder and try
things out together.
3. Ask open-ended questions to keep
the exploration going. For example, if your child
notices an ant hole, you might say, “Look at the way
that ant carries things!”
4. Remember, it’s OK to say, “I
“Peep and the Big Wide World” is an animated program
that teaches science to preschoolers. New episodes
featuring the new Spanish-speaking character, Splendid
Bird from Paradise, premiere October 10, 2011 on public
Visit them on the Web at www.peepandthebigwideworld.org for Anywhere Science
and Math Activities and a bilingual Explorer’s Guide
designed to turn everyday situations into science
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Cable Connects With Hispanic Heritage Programs
(NAPSI)—Over the last decade, the U.S. Hispanic
population has exploded by over 40 percent and now
represents 16.3 percent of this country’s population,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This fall, Hispanic
Heritage Month provides the perfect opportunity to look
at compelling figures and events in Hispanic history,
and examine how Hispanic culture has contributed to the
fabric of our nation.
Best of all, digital cable subscribers already have
an “all access” passport for exploring Hispanic Heritage
Month: their TV remote controls. With a couple clicks,
cable customers can instantly view a variety of On
Demand Hispanic-themed programming. Programming
Profiles in Courage—Biographies of influential
Hispanics come to life with dramatic portrayals, such as
that of real-life high school teacher Jaime Escalante,
who inspires a class of barrio kids to pass an AP
calculus test. Or examine fundamental issues of morality
by looking at the life of quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro,
who fights a 29-year campaign in support of euthanasia
and his right to end his own life.
A Storied Past: Struggles, Strife and Civil
Rights—Gain new understanding of historical events
through the stories of the people who lived through
them. The dramatic account of Dominican Republic’s
heroic Minerva Mirabal examines how she and her sisters
represented a threat to Dictator Rafael Trujillo. Or
trace the journey of writer Reinaldo Arenas who, while
being born into abject poverty and serving as a rebel
fighter for Castro in his youth, manages to discover
exceptional talents that are ultimately tempered by his
struggle for freedom and expression.
Triumph and Tragedy—Talent and heartbreak are all too
common companions. Delve into the promise and human
failings of Hispanic entertainment legends such as salsa
singer Héctor Lavoe, who according to his wife Puchi,
grows as an artist but sinks as a person; or the
heartbreaking story of Texas-born singer Selena
Quintanilla-Perez, whose meteoric rise to fame ends
tragically at age 23.
Hispanic Hearth and Home—Love cooking shows? Join
Chef Marcela Vallodolid as she celebrates the diverse
culinary gifts of Mexico’s tastiest states with recipes
for Jalisco’s pork sandwich, Baja’s lobster burrito and
Puebla’s pippian chicken. If you can pull yourself away
from the stove, design expert Luz Blanchet will share
secret solutions for brightening up your home.
For information on these and other Hispanic Heritage
Month programs, visit www.thisiscable.com.
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