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Curious George announces first-ever dance contest

Calling all Maryland parents! Do you have a child age 8 or younger who loves Curious George? Do they love to dance? Have them show off their best monkey moves and exercise their creativity in the first-ever Curious George Dance Contest! Entries are being accepted now through April 2.

During its sixth season on PBS KIDS®, the Curious George television series is featuring a special focus on the arts, including dance. Dance is a great way for kids to express themselves, and a fun way to exercise! Parents and guardians are NOW invited to enter a video of their child dancing to the Curious George theme song for a chance to be featured on a Curious George DVD! You might even win a visit from George himself! Whether your child likes to bop, shake, jump, twirl, or spin, we want to see how they boogie along with Curious George.

 

Now through April 2, 2012, parents and guardians of kids aged 8 and under can send in videos of their child’s moves to CuriousGeorgeDanceContest.com. A panel of judges will choose ten finalists based on their creativity, enthusiasm, and originality. Then, starting April 16th through April 30th, George‚s friends and fansˆthe publicˆwill vote for the winner. All finalists will receive a Curiosity Kit, filled with a Curious George book, game, DVD, and other fun George merchandise. Contest entries will be accepted through April 2, 2012. For complete rules and regulations, and to submit your child‚s video, visit CuriousGeorgeDanceContest.com .

“We love to see how kids are inspired by George‚s contagious curiosity and unending enthusiasm,” says Senior Vice President of Animation Production for Universal Studios Family Productions Ellen Cockrill. “Through movement and dance, kids can be creative, curious, and may even discover a new passion or artistic outlet. We’re excited to see what kids come up with.”

More Monkey Fun on PBS KIDS and pbskids.org

For more Curious George fun, tune in weekdays to PBS KIDS (check local listings). Also, check out the Curious George website at pbskids.org/curiousgeorge which encourages kids’ creativity through games, printables, and video clips. Additionally, dance related activities, in both English and Spanish are available at pbsparents.org/curiousgeorge . Parents can also read a special article from Children‚s Physical Activity Specialist Rae Pica on why movement and dancing are important to a child‚s development.

“Children need to move. Not just for their physical selves, but also for social, emotional and cognitive development,” says Rae Pica, children‚s activity specialist. “You can promote your child‚s fitness, self-confidence, learning, and much more. All you have to do is dance!”

Curious George, the television series, is funded by public television viewers. National Corporate Sponsorship is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s® and Stride Rite Children’s Group, LLC.

Curious George is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal Studios Family Productions. Executive producers are Ron Howard (Imagine), Brian Grazer (Imagine), Ellen Cockrill (Universal), Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Dorothea Gillim (WGBH), Jon Shapiro and David Kirschner. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLP. Television series: ©2012. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Visit pbskids.org/curiousgeorge for Curious George games, printables, and for more online fun visit curiousgeorge.com.

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