I remember the day I decided I wanted to become a ballerina when I grew up. I was eight years old and I was watching my first live performance of the Nutcracker. Although this aspiration was eventually outweighed by others (baker, veterinarian, trapeze artist) that childhood dream returns when I hear the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s songs from the Nutcracker. Now a mother of two little girls, I enjoy sharing this delightful story with them each holiday season. Someday we will splurge and see the fancy ballet performance in the big city, but for now, our family enjoys listening to the songs and stories of the Nutcracker from the comfort of home.
A wonderful way for any young child to discover the delights of the Nutcracker at home is with the “Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker” DVD. This is not your ordinary holiday movie, but a Parent’s Choice Award-winning program that teaches and encourages children to dance along. The movie stars a cartoon fairy ballerina, Prima Princessa, who take a takes a group of pre-school children on a magical Christmas journey to see a live performance of "The Nutcracker" performed by England’s world famous Birmingham Royal Ballet. Prima Princessa delightfully narrates the story so children can understand the plot. Between acts the children get up and dance, learning simple ballet steps from actual students of The School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet.
My daughters have always loved dancing to the songs from the Nutcracker and while watching this DVD they couldn’t stop twirling along with the professional dancers. The ballet “lessons” made my girls feel like they were a part of the fun.
As for additional fun included with this DVD, there is a Holiday party with cookie and gingerbread house decorating, Christmas crafting, and Holiday Freeze Dancing (our favorite!).
You can also visit Prima Princessa for some extra goodies including a ballet dictionary, coloring pages, games and activities. We’ve printed these coloring pages out to add as bedroom decorations and I’ve also stashed some in my purse for when we are out running all those extra holiday errands.
After visiting the Prima Princessa website, I was pleased to see that there are other videos in this line. Seeing how much my family like the Nutcracker DVD, we’ve purchased the Sleeping Beauty DVD to open on Christmas morning.
Prima Princessa DVD’s can be purchased at Amazon.com for $6.99.
Public Television Stations Nationwide are airing "Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker" this Holiday Season 2011. Check your local listings for more information.
Disclosure – These products were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the writing of this review; however, opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
Emily is also very active in the local MOMS CLUB. She raises chickens and has 2 shih tzus. Her daughter Caitlyn attends Montessori school and she hates housecleaning, loves wine and enjoys dining out. She would love to find a cure for the depression and anxiety she has dealt with on and off over the past 10 years, just like me. She is an amazing mom and friend.