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Monday, September 15, 2008

Prima Princessa - Review and Giveaway

Having been a ballerina for most of my life, I've always been surprised at the lack of ballet videos and DVDs for children. There just wasn't much selection out there, like nobody had even thought to make one - until now.

Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake is exactly the kind of show I would have loved to have watched as a little girl. The DVD features the animated fairy ballerina, Prima Princessa, and serves as an introduction to the ballet. A group of preschool girls are shown scenes from the ballet Swan Lake while the fairy narrates the story. In between acts, the girls are shown simple ballet steps by way of toys, animals, children and young dancers. Your little ones at home are encouraged to try them out and join the fun!

This DVD works on so many levels. First, I love how the scenes from Swan Lake are performed by the renowned Paris Opera Ballet. As one of the top companies in the world, there's nobody better to illustrate this beautiful ballet. I also really enjoyed the narration of the story; usually I don't like to watch ballet that's narrated because I feel like it takes away from my enjoyment of the dancing. In this case, however, the narration is simple, to the point, and actually enhanced my viewing experience. Also, the preschool girls are adorable as they dance and twirl in their pretty costumes. The ballet steps are demonstrated by students from the School of American Ballet, another excellent choice. If you're going to learn ballet, may as well learn from the best!

I showed this DVD to my friend's three year old girls, as I wanted to see a reaction to it other than my one year old son's (although he loves it when I dance for him - he thinks it's hilarious.) Swan Lake kept the girls' interest the whole time, and they loved dancing along with the pre-school girls, especially to do the pirouettes (turns.)

I highly recommend this DVD, even if there are no ballerinas in your house. It's a wonderful introduction to the art form, it teaches French vocabulary, and gets the kids moving! To purchase Prima Princessa, go here. For more information, and to watch a clip of the DVD check out the Prima Princessa website.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, September 22nd at Midnight. Please include your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.

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109 comments :

  1. Marissa,

    It was great seeing our DVD reviewed so postively by a dancer! Thanks so much!

    Mary Kate
    Prima Princessa Productions, LLC

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  2. Our ballerina would love to see this :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. My daughter will love this! She is almost one year old and can dance like you wouldn't believe! When she hears birds singing outside, she thinks its music aand starts dancing!

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  4. My daughters, especially the 5 yr old, would love this dvd. It sounds like a really great one that could be beneficial on more levels than just basic entertainment. I'd love to check it out.

    Thanks!

    RebekahC
    littleminx@cox.net

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  5. Aurora will love this when she gets a little older, heck she'd love it NOW!!! She is always dancing and singing.

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  6. Liz would love to win this DVD. She's always dancing around as it is.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  7. I think that my daughter would love this one.

    rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

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  8. I know a little girl who would love this DVD!

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  9. I love all the princess movies, especially: Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake.

    This would make a great gift for my little niece -- we could watch it together. I love swan lake.

    Great review.

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  10. I love positive dvds, that are fun and let a child dream and that are not full od violence and my kids would probably dance like nuts during it

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  11. My daughter would love this!!!

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  12. This DVD sounds so neat. My daughter would love this.

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  13. My little niece would love this movie.

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  14. I would like to give this to my grandbabies (Laila 4 & Madi 2)! My daughter works alot and is headed right back to college again. Since we don't have television at home, we have to watch d.v.d's which can become expensive.

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  15. my granddaughter just loves dancing and would love this dvd...thanks for the great giveaway
    csbondell@cox.net

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  16. My little grandaughter just finished her first dance class so she would love this. Thank you, CoCo540@yahoo.com

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  17. My granddaughter would love this~!

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  18. I know of a special little girl I would love to give this to!
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  19. I was always more of a tomboy, but I have a "girly-girl" 3 yr old who would just be thrilled to pieces with this DVD, so I hope that I can win it for her.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  20. i would love to give this to my niece-she would love it!

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  21. I would love to win this for my daughter

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  22. Daughter would love it.

    1agordon[at]roadrunner.com

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  23. Cool prize! Would love to win it :)

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  24. My niece would love it.

    angelina115@hotmail.com

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  25. Please enter me. This would be wonderful for my daughter.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Nice contest.

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  27. Swan Lake rules! My niece loves it, count us in!

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  28. My niece would enjoy this ;)

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  29. enter me please, i would like to win

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  30. I'd like to win this for my daughter.
    -Terra
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. Hello, I have heard and read so many good things about this DVD. Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  32. I have a little princess that would love this.

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  33. Please pick me!! My daughter loves the ballet!!

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  34. My granddaughter would enjoy this show

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  35. please enter me in this great contest thanks

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  36. Our little Ballerina would really love this. She is in her 3rd year of Ballet and she loves it!

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  37. my both daughters would love to have this
    herry123_us@live.com

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  38. I know a little girl who would love this DVD!

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  39. The DVD looks wonderful. My daughter would flip for it!

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  40. My niece would love this since she's all about dance and ballet now. Thanks for the chance, ecfreitas579@hotmail.com.

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  41. Granddaughter would LOVE this...thanks for entry!!!

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  42. Sounds like a great DVD -would love to see it!wanmichelle@hotmail.com

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  43. My granddaughter would love this. Thank you so much!
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  44. Looks like a fun and fabulous DVD!

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  45. Christmas is right around the corner and this would make a great present for my niece.

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  46. I have 7 grandsons and 1 little granddaughter that is 4.I care for her everyday She is a real girl girl and loves Angelina Ballerina on PBS. She would love this video. Thank you for this generous contest

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  47. This would be great for my granddaughter who loves ballerinas.

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  48. Thank you for having this! I would love to win this to watch with my daughters. Thank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  49. I'd love to win this for my cousin's daughter - she'll be 2 in January and is SO cute and petite, a ballerina in the making.

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  50. Great review - you made me interested in this video!

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  51. This would be great for my granddaughter.

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  52. I would love to win this for my little girl. Please enter me. Thanks!
    ayancey@dishmail.net

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  53. HOw great would this be for family visits>

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  54. My niece would love this DVD.

    stephanie_adkins@yahoo.com

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  55. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway.
    I would LOVE to win !!

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  56. My granddaughter would love this DVD.

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  57. I'd love to win this for my daughter!

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  58. I have a little ballerina that would just love this!

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  59. My 3 year old niece has just started ballet and I know she would love to see this!!!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  60. My granddaughters would love this...hope to win it for them.

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  61. I would love to introduce dance to my goddaughter.

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  62. I would love to win this for my daughter!

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  63. Sweet niblets!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  64. What a delight for little girls!
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    Elizabeth

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  65. I've heard lots of wonderful things about this DVD! I agree, there isn't enough videos about ballet - you would think there would be?

    stormraven at gmail dot com

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  66. would love to share this with my little dancer

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  67. thank you. Icetwofire[at]aol[dot]com

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  68. My daughter would love this! Thanks!

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  69. My granddaighter would love this DVD. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  70. My niece would just LOVE this!

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  71. My daughter loves anything "princess"! Thanks!

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  72. I would like this for my granddaughter.
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  73. My daughter would love this! Thanks for the contest!

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  74. PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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  75. I would love to win this for all us girls in my family.

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  76. My neice just started ballet - she'd love to watch this.

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  77. I think the idea behind this video is great and I know some little girls who would love this! vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  78. WOuld love to have this so my little granddaughte would hav e new video to watch when she comes. THANKS !

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  79. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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