Life & Style: Multimedia Belt

April 24, 2009 - 10:29am
Latin dance and culture shakes things up in Central New York.

Five years after La Familia de la Salsa emerged on the dance scene, the organization has become one of the largest and highly successful Latin dance groups in Central New York.  Brian Bromka, Founder and Artistic Director, formed La Familia around the same time he decided to leave his career as a real estate investor and begin teaching Salsa.  His passion for Latin music and culture inspired him to connect with others through dancing.

April 23, 2009 - 1:16pm
Meet some of the hottest B-boys on Syracuse University's campus. Wanna learn how to be a B-boy or B-girl, too? Watch for a "how-to" move that will have all your friends ooh-ing and ahh-ing.

From the graffiti-scribbled dark alleys within the streets of the Bronx to college campuses nationwide, the art of break dance has become a popular trend among aspiring b-boys and b-girls nationwide.

On Syracuse University's campus, one break dancing group called the "Beat Munchers", comprised of about 15 to 20 b-boys and b-girls, practice this form of dance with a fiery passion. They have competed against other break dance crews at other New York schools such as Rochester Institute of Technology and State University of New York at Oswego.

April 16, 2009 - 3:23pm
Today's college students were raised on anti-tobacco campaigns and smoking bans, yet many still get hooked on cigarettes.

In the 1980s, experts finally started to confirm what had been suspected for the last two decades: Smoking is bad for your health.

The result: Kids growing up in the '90s were inundated with anti-smoking campaigns - from the Truth commercials to bans on smoking in many public places. The days of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man were long gone. Studies still list smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, resulting in 435,000 deaths a year (18.1 percent).