Sunday, July 27, 2008

Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake Review and Giveaway

So I have a secret- I don't like ballet. Sort of absurd since I make tutus, right? Well, it's not entirely that I don't like ballet. I mean I find the movement and costumes beautiful. And I bet I would love the story if I knew what the heck the story was, but when I see a ballet, it just does not come together for me.

I was pretty excited to get to review Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake. I figured if it is a DVD for kids then it must be more user friendly than other ballet videos I have seen.



Well, let me tell you it is really neat. First and foremost, I now know the story of Swan Lake. I have seen the ballet before and honestly, did not know what the story was (and for those of you wondering, I am actually a smart person, ballet is just hard for me to understand). Second, it is just really fun. Third, my 14 month old daughter sat through the ENTIRE THING and seemed to actually like it (she clapped when the girls on screen clapped-it was super cute).

Prima Princessa, an animated fairy ballerina, magically transports a group of little girls to see the Paris Opera Ballet performs select segments of Swan Lake. In between acts, the children return home to learn simple ballet steps which are playfully shown mixed into colorful montages of toys, animals, children and young dancers from the School of American Ballet.

I have to admit that the fact that this DVD was produced by two stay-at-home moms with no prior movie-making experience intrigued me even more. Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller were inspired by their children's love of dance. They could not find ballet movies that were appropriate for their children, so they made their own. Amazing, huh?

They also have a blog where you can read about their journey.

For more information please visit www.PrimaPrincessa.com
To purchase 'Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake'" click here

And now for the best part- one lucky reader is going to get a copy of the DVD absolutely free. Pretty cool, huh? All you need to do is to head over to their website, take a look around and come on back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about it. As always, you can get an extra entry by signing up for my feed:. I will pick a winner on August 11.

Rating:
Appearance- 5
Customer Service-5
Cost- 5
Quality- 5
Functionality-5
Overall-5

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25 comments:

tami said...

i like the fact that the students involved are from such a prestigous school. my dd is so excited about this!

Kristen said...

I love that they have a TutuZone for moms!

Alice H said...

I love how they use adult professional dancers but also child student dancers - and its not too long, 40 minutes is a great length. Thanks for the giveaway! afdr3d@umkc.edu

Naomi said...

I like the fact that they use a real ballet performance and don't "dumb it down" for kids!

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

I watched the clip, and I love the way they introduce the students to ballet by showing them parts of the show, then show them how to execute different moves by students, professionals and a bunch of little girls in tutus having a good time. It shows the fun side and the serious side, and I think it would be a great way to introduce my daughter to ballet, especially considering how much I loved my ballet classes when I was a little girl! Email: jennae@greenyourdecor.com

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Love the Tutu Zone.
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Also subscribed. Thanks.
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Shelly said...

I like that it is 'real' ballet and not cartoony

gillian said...

I love that it's an easy introduction to ballet for little girls. My mom owned a ballet company when we were growing up and I would love to give this to my niece.

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megankortepeter said...

This looks great and I know my little ballerina would love it.

Genevieve P said...

I like the "real" ballerinas--and the coloring pages!

windycindy said...

Hi! I like everything about the "Prima Princessa" DVD. It is definitely kid-friendly! The coloring pages are a wonderful before or after watching the DVD activity. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Thanks, Cindi
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Mary512 said...

I'd like to win for my sister and her daughter. I already have a copy of this DVD and my daughter loves it. She can put on her tutu and dance along to the DVD. Great giveaway, thanks!

melonkelli said...

I like that it features both real ballerinas and students!

CHOZEBAH said...

Prima Princess Presents Swan Lake combines ballet performance, animation, and students demonstrating ballet moves. I watched the video clip with my 5 year old and she wanted to see it again and again. Any aspiring ballerina would love it!

Stacy said...

I like that it has real little girls dancing not a cartoon.
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Becca said...

I love that they've combined professional dancers with little girls that are just having so much fun.
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jceko77 said...

What I like best about the DVD is that it was taped by two moms who are not professional videographers.
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kaylee8 said...

I love how this dvd encourages kids to become interesting in ballet.

kygirl said...

I think its great that niether mom had no experience in film making. But made a great film.

pooka1953 said...

I love this film, the interweaving of real ballet with the kids practicing is great, my three year old granddaughter Charity takes ballet class and I know she would just love this!




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Timothy Sternberg said...

I love how they use adult professional dancers but also child student dancers.

klp1965 said...

its cute how they have a coloring book on the site :)