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8/17/2005

 
Local Kids Compete for Chance to Win $5,000 in First-Ever McDonald's(R) Extreme Dance Challenge

McDonald's Promotes Physical Activity Among Area Youth By Sponsoring a Regional Dance Competition

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald's Restaurants of the Greater Philadelphia Region are proud to announce the ten finalists/finalist groups (listed below), who are scheduled to compete in the "McDonald's Extreme Dance Challenge," being held on Saturday, August 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at The Gallery at Market East, located in Center City Philadelphia. The dancers, ages 8-17, will perform in front of a panel of local judges for a chance to win $5,000 and other exciting prizes.

"Dance is a great way for kids to have fun while being active," said Mike Anton, President of the McDonald's Owner/Operator Association of the Greater Philadelphia Region. "The Extreme Dance Challenge is McDonald's way of recognizing and rewarding local kids' talent and creativity, and we're really looking forward to a good show."

McDonald's(R) Extreme Dance Challenge Finalists

Name Genre G/S/D Ages Hometown(s)
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Silken Shiffner Jazz Solo 12 Yardley, Pa.
Sydney Puschak Tap Solo 15 Holland, Pa.
Sean Muma Tap Solo 17 Burlington, N.J.
Lea Barats Ballet Solo 14 Fairless Hills, Pa.
Britne Lopez Ballet Solo 16 Galloway, N.J.
Cool Rhythms Salsa Duo 14-15 Philadelphia
Fusion Hip Hop Group 10-17 Various (Pa. & N.J.)
Unstoppable Hip Hop Group 13-16 Philadelphia
East Coast Dance Hip Hop Group 8-9 Allentown, Pa.
Spiritual Praise Jazz Group 14-16 Upper Darby, Pa./
Philadelphia

McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's 13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. There are more than 300 McDonald's restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region that are owned and operated by more than 70 independent franchisees and McDonald's Corporation. Together they proudly support the McDonald's Extreme Dance Challenge. For more information about McDonald's visit http://www.mcdonalds.com/.

Source: McDonald's Restaurants of the Greater Philadelphia Region

CONTACT: Ticia Whitsett, Tierney Communications, +1-215-790-4416 or
lwhitsett@tierneyagency.com, for McDonald's

Web site: http://www.mcdonalds.com/




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