Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake, DVD Review & Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to Jessica, comment #22, who said:

One thing I learned from the website (specifically the teacher's guide) is there are many versions of Swan Lake. The one featured in this story has a happy ending, while some have a tragic suicide ending. I guess I am not cultured enough, because I was unaware of this. The only other version of Swan Lake I have seen is a children's movie. lol!Thank you for the chance to win this for my daughter.
Today is the official re release of Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake! I am so happy to be introducing my readers to a great way to expose your child to the beauty of a professionally performed ballet, encourage a love and appreciation of dance, and introduce basic ballet steps. After watching it a few times, don't be surprised if your daughter starts asking to go to the ballet!

Product Description: This is a hip new twist on learning about ballet, featuring the Paris Opera Ballet and Students from School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, Official Academy of New York City Ballet. Our 40 minute DVD is a cool, fun, beautiful show with a brain. Prima Princessa, an animated fairy ballerina, magically transports a group of little girls to see the Paris Opera Ballet perform 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 liked the DVD format, it broke Swan Lake into several shorter acts with Princess Princessa appearing in between to lead the girls in learning a few simple ballet steps. These were demonstrated by students from the School of American Ballet, followed by the darling little girls showing off their own versions of the steps. It was a bit repetitious, the clips with Prima Princessa were shown twice in a row, but after some consideration I decided it was very age appropriate for my daughter. Sometimes it wasn't until the second time through that she joined in with her own moves.

The only drawback to this DVD, was that the storyline of Swan Lake did cause my 3.5 year old a little bit of apprehension, the evil magician scared her, but she's a bit of a scardy cat. I think most of her peers at preschool would've been fine with it, and she still liked the sections with Prima Princessa. Two more titles are due to be released this year; perhaps another story would've been better to start with.

I am really glad the video showed professional ballerina's in a performance setting, to show my daughter what real ballerina looks like. The forty minute length was perfect for her and we especially enjoyed the bonus feature of the baby swan dance. The overall DVD had a high quality of production and it's sure to be enjoyed by little ones interested in dance.

Here is a short trailer clip:
There are some additional resources to be found on the Prima Princessa website. You can print out coloring pages of Prima Princessa dancing some of the steps taught in the video and learn more on the ballet dictionary page. There is even a teacher's page with activities geared toward preschoolers to second grade. The Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake DVD is available at Target, Amazon, and the Prima Princessa website.
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Giveaway open through March 16th at midnight EST to US and Canadian residents. Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to responds.

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Princess Princessa Productions for the reviewers and giveaway copy of this DVD. No other compensation was received for this post. This review relates my own personal experiences and opinions and yours may differ.

26 Friends Said:

Annette W. said...

I'm impressed that there is a teachers' guide for prek to 2nd grade! derekannette at gmail dot com

Annette W. said...

I follow you!

Annette W. said...

I guess the Nutcracker would have to be my favorite, but I am not very cultured! This video would be great for my daughter though!

Michelle said...

Oh my Emily would LOVE this she is into all things Ballet, she actually got her first real pair of ballet slippers this year for her birthday!

I learned that Battement is a French term meaning “kick” from the website.

Michelle said...

I follow you!

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I am a fan and left you a comment!

Michelle said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted.

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Michelle said...

The only ballet I know is the nutcracker so that would have to be my favorite :0)

Michelle said...

I signed up to get updates via their blog TUTU Zone

Michelle said...

I have your link button on my sidebar :0)

Holly said...

I learned allonge means to stretch or elongate (I never got to take ballet...I may enjoy this more than my baby girl!).

Holly said...

I follow you.

ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative said...

Dancers learn about creative movement, musicality, and pantomime

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

I follow you publically

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

I have your link button on my site

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

I like the ballet Romeo and Juliet

AnnCrabs said...

I learned that they have lesson plans.

AnnCrabs said...

I follow your blog.

AnnCrabs said...

I still love the Nutcracker. It is so magical.

Kat said...

The Nutcracker is my favorite ballet, but I haven't seen many. I do like Swan Lake too!

I just added you on Facebook and said hello!

I went on Prima Princessa's website and what I learned is all about this company! My daughter is enrolled in a Ballet Class and LOVES IT. I'm glad to find out about this company because I do believe she would LOVE these videos! I think it's neat that they stop the movie and have little dances done by students that encourage your princess to get up and dance to! I will put these on my wishlist right now!

Misusedinnocence said...

They have a teachers guide, neat!

misusedinnocence@aol.com

Jessica said...

One thing I learned from the website (specifically the teacher's guide) is there are many versions of Swan Lake. The one featured in this story has a happy ending, while some have a tragic suicide ending. I guess I am not cultured enough, because I was unaware of this. The only other version of Swan Lake I have seen is a children's movie. lol!

Thank you for the chance to win this for my daughter.

girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I follow you with GFC. Screen name: girlygirlugh

girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/girlygirlugh/status/10405918561

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Jessica said...

I like, most of the others, have never seen any other ballet besides the Nutcracker.

But if we don't have to count professional ballet, my favorite is when my girls were in ballet class. does that count?? lol thank you!

girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

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