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Drama Kids International Owners in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, and San Antonio win 2010 Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award for Best Theatre Group for Kids!

Leesburg, Virginia –   Drama Kids International won the 2010 Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Award for Best Theatre Group for Kids in three major US cities as announced by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect on September 15, 2010.  The local Drama Kids offices are in Las Vegas,  San Antonio, and Pittsburgh.

The Parents’ Picks Awards is an annual nationwide online poll that allows parents to vote for their favorite family places, products and parenting tips.  Parent polling took place from July 7, 2010 through August 31. 2010,   ParentsConnect invited parents to pick the best parenting products, parenting tips and local family places. Drama Kids International won for Best Theatre Group for Kids. To announce the win, Drama Kids received a “Parents’ Picks 2010 Winner” seal to display and will be featured as the winning product on Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect site until the 2011 awards, so parents everywhere will know that they are the best of the best.

Drama Kids International President and CEO, Doug Howard commented, “We are very excited to announce these awards which were given to Anthe Morris, DKI Director in West Pittsburgh, Tina Nowak, DKI Director in Las Vegas, and Sandy Detamore, DKI Director in San Antonio.   The Parents Choice award is highly valued by us because it is awarded by local parents who have seen first hand how Drama Kids classes develop children and teenagers through our unique developmental drama program.   These three Directors have worked very hard to build their Drama Kids businesses, and they well represent all of our franchise owners across the USA who are committed to the Drama Kids mission of building speaking and acting skills, as well as confidence and self esteem in children through dramatic arts participation.”

PARENTSCONNECT BACKGROUND: Featuring the tagline “We’re not perfect, we’re parents,” Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect is the online resource providing parenting advice and community, celebrating the reality of parenthood and making parents’ lives easier. Geared towards parents with kids of all ages, from pregnancy to teens, the site offers unique features like personalized profiles that help parents connect with each other; advice from top-tier parenting experts; weekly online parties; hot topic boot camps on burning parenting topics; sweepstakes and giveaways; customizable baby names lists; comprehensive baby name lists; seasonal crafts, recipes and activities; a weekly meal-planner; a weekly newsletter focusing on pregnancy and early childhood milestones; and guest celebrity editorials. Each age-related section on the site provides users with content to help them through both large and small parenting challenges.

DRAMA KIDS INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND Drama Kids International, Inc. is part of the largest after-school drama program in the world, with more than 50,000 students currently at its 1,500 plus locations both in the United States and internationally. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of language development that enables students of different ages and abilities to relate to the program and progress at a their own rate.  Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama programs, with an emphasis on activities that focus on verbal dynamics, creative movement and dialogue development.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 3 through 17 years old. The program is designed to allow new enrollment throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Summer Camp and In-School programs that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the classroom. For more information, contact Doug Howard 1-866-809-1055 ext. 101 and/or visit dramakids.com.