Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you have a Ballet Dancer to shop for this Christmas?

Do you have any dancers on your shopping list this year?  Is there a special little girl that loves ballet?  If so, I have a couple reviews you will be interested in. 

First, Prima Princessa has recently released their second dvd ~ Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker.  Ever since I first learned about Prima Princessa Swan Lake, I have been waiting for them to release The Nutcracker.  This is my girls favorite ballet.  My oldest even got to dance in it 2 years in a row when she was younger.  It holds a special place in our hearts. 

This family Christmas movie is the perfect Holiday Gift for girls ages 3 to 7. Join Prima Princessa, the adorable cartoon fairy ballerina princess, as she takes you on an amazing Christmas adventure filled with snow fairies, toy soldiers, sugarplums and sweets galore!  Get on your pretty tutu and get ready to dance with the San Francisco Ballet as they perform excerpts from their world famous ballet “Nutcracker.” Between acts your kids will get up off the couch and dance along as they learn real ballet steps demonstrated by students from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet.
The Prima Princessa Presents series is designed by two stay at home mom-entrepreneurs on a mission to bring the beauty and magic of ballet into the lives of children everywhere.
You can purchase Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker on Amazon with a retail of $12.99 and is usually cheaper!  If you don't have the Swan Lake dvd, you can pick that up as well.
Why not pick up one or both of the dvds, gift box it with a tutu for dress-up or dance class.  This would be a great gift for girls age 3 - 6ish.  My 8 & 12 year old would have loved these as a gift.  My 8 year old actually loves both of these dvds and does watch them.  They are definitely geared towards 3 - 7 though.

This next item I was so excited to learn about.  505 Games has just released the very first ever Ballet Video game for the Wii!  How cool is that?  You see all the sports, cheerleading, even dancing ~ you never see ballet though.  Ballet is the foundation of dance.  It is such a great activity for kids to take part in.  Not only will it teach grace, but balance and core strength.  
My Ballet Studio, players can pirouette, pliƩ and perform en pointe on the Nintendo Wii Balance Board as they embark on a journey to become the best ballerina!
My Ballet Studio for Nintendo Wii allows players to practice authentic ballet moves. Young ballerinas are encouraged to study hard at ballet school and learn real techniques in movement and position lessons and performance modes. My Ballet Studio comes complete with multiple mini-games where players can earn money to buy new clothes and accessories from tutu to tiara to complete their performances with the perfect look. Gamers will be able to track their progress and measure how close they are to perfecting their dream routines.
"As a fun video game that also encourages an active lifestyle, My Ballet Studio is a terrific game for kids this holiday season," said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games (U.S.).  "Aspiring ballerinas can learn new moves and practice steps with their friends in My Ballet Studio."
My Ballet Studio for Nintendo DS includes interactivity features for aspiring ballerinas on the go. Players can challenge their friends in ballet competitions via the wireless gameplay mode and share unlocked costumes that will provide brand new looks to their characters.
I was excited to see that this game is compatible with the balance board from Wii Fit Plus as well.  I talked hubby into getting me one for Christmas.  He wasn't thrilled since he thinks it will sit around like all my other exercise stuff, lol.  I was happy to show him that when I got my game in the mail!
This game is a great way to see if your little one will enjoy ballet before shelling out the big bucks for a class.  It is also great for girls already in class.  Most girls love to practice and this is a fun way for them to do that. 
My Ballet Studio is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now on both Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS for $29.99. Both versions can be purchased online at Amazon, along with many other video game retailers.
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