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Product Description

"Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake" is a fun, hip ballet DVD for kids. Children will love this wonderful dance DVD. This DVD makes a great gift for little girls and little boys too.

Magical Dance Adventure!
Created by two moms who love to have fun, "Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake" inspires and stimulates young minds. This enchanting approach to learning about classical ballet through nature, toys, music and laughter will mesmerize children and parents alike.

What's Inside:
The animated fairy ballerina, Prima Princessa, magically transports a group of pre-school girls to see the ballet Swan Lake, performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. Prima Princessa delightfully narrates the story of Swan Lake to the girls. In between each act, the children return home, dress up in fun pretty tutus, and learn a simple ballet step. Each step is playfully shown mixed into a colorful montage of toys, animals, children and young dancers from the School of American Ballet.

Parents will appreciate how educational and enriching this super fun ballet DVD is for young children. Your little princess is sure to love this kids dance DVD.

Host a Prima Princessa birthday party for your child. The kids will get to dance and learn simple ballet steps as they watch "Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake". The DVD makes a perfect party favor for all the little princesses at the party.


This is a great film for young and old, especially those who like ballet. Your child will learn about the theater and see a real ballet. The producers did a great job of telling the story of Swan Lake with the visual aid of the real ballet. The filmmakers also did a good job of shortening the ballet just enough to keep the interest of the children. Your child will be introduced to the basic ballet moves and will learn a little more about this wonderful dance form.

This film is awarded the Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for family-friendly-viewing. --Debbie Satala of The Dove Foundation

As an avid ballet lover, I've been waiting for the day my daughter was old enough to make it through the Nutcracker. But considering she can't make it through a Disney movie without a snack and at least one dance break, I'm not willing to shell out the dough to take her to an actual performance.

But thanks to Prima Princessa, she can get an almost real live ballet right in our living room. Created entirely by moms Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller, Prima Princessa features the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet performing Swan Lake, with kid-friendly story narration by a cartoon ballerina. Between acts, you'll find live action demos of ballet steps performed by School of American Ballet students.

While the ballet snob in me says that a jumping frog doesn't necessarily jete, as the DVD indicates, try telling my daughter that. If you can stop her from dancing around while it's on. --Kristen Chase, Co-Founder/Editor of Cool Mom Picks

This was a fantastic DVD to review and we've seen nothing like it so far in our reviews. If your little girl aspires to be a ballerina and yearns to be a princess, she'll dig this DVD created entirely by 2 Moms from New Jersey. Prima Princessa features segments of the Paris Opera Ballet performing Swan Lake as narrated by a cute little cartoon Ballerina. The DVD flips between scenes of the live ballet performance and real little girls dancing around in tutus along with some coaching from the cartoon princess. Before you know it, your 3 year old will be doing pirouettes and arabesques in your living room! I'm not kidding! --Classy Mommy

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Paris Opera Ballet
  • Directors: Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Prima Princessa Productions, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse on February 25, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What I like so much about this video is that it completely satisfies my 3yr old who is hungry for any and all items related to being a princess/ballerina. I find it very hard to stomach all the Disney princess stuff (I disagree with much of the content), and I think this is a great alternative. It provides a way to introduce her to the arts while also allowing her to feel like a princess, in the imaginary sense. The video is a mix of an actual performance of Swan Lake that breaks here and there with video footage of young children practicing ballet moves. This keeps it interesting for young children whose attention span is short.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bro2ice on March 9, 2010
Format: DVD
I was really excited to review this video, with three girls in the family ballerinas are loved. At first I sat down with my older two girls to watch it, and half way through the video the younger two kids came and sat down.
This is a really great way to introduce Ballet to children of all ages. The video starts of with Prima Princess who narrates the story. The video features the Paris Opera Ballet performing four acts of Swan Lake. In between each act, their are children from the school of American Ballet who show you how to do specific ballet steps. There are four steps taught:

* Pirouette- to turn
* jete`- to jump
* pas de chat - step of the cat
* grand battement- big kick

Each step is spoken and then illustrated by the child ballerinas, then there are scenes to reinforce what each step means. For instance-Jete` means to jump, they then showed a cat jumping etc. I really liked how each step was shown and then reinforced repeatedly. In between the acts are scenes of small little girls dressed up in their tutus dancing around and laughing.
I really thought this was a great video, and even though it says ages 3-6 all my kids liked certain parts. My older daughters (8) and (6) enjoyed the ballerinas performing, while the youngest (20 months) liked to watch when the little girls danced and played.

Disclaimer- I was given a copy of this to review for blog purposes. I was not paid for this post. [...]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on December 28, 2007
Format: DVD
We got this DVD for our 3 year old who loves to dress-up and play princess. She loves it, of course. Our 9 year old was not expecting to like the video at all but the "real live ballerinas" were mesmerizing & she has declared Prima Princessa is "fabulous!" Thank you for a video both girls can enjoy together!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shasta Walton on February 20, 2010
Format: DVD
I have wanted my daughter to take ballet classes since she was born, but my husband says the same thing every time I mention it " I cannot see paying $65 every month, when she can dance at home for free". Men, they just don't get it! If I am being realistic I understand that as a family of six we really can't afford that, but I still want her to learn ballet.....

Enter Prima Princessa... If you are like me and want your little princess to learn the fine art and discipline of ballet but can't take out a second mortgage to pay for lessons (which I don't recommend) this DVD is for you! I can not say enough good things about it, but I will try!

First of all Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake is only 6.99, that is unbelievable for a DVD! Secondly the way it's put together is so simple (as in it interests my 22 month old) yet so sophisticated! I was quite shocked when I hit play and realized we would be watching actual ballerinas from the school of American Ballet preform Swan Lake, and I'll admit I wondered if it would keep her attention, which it did! I think I enjoyed watching it as much as she did!

But the best part (aside from the animated ballerina who narrates the DVD) is that it engages your little "student" of ballet and gets her involved in the movements all while teaching basic ballet terminology!It's like the Baby Einstein of ballet!

This DVD has really encouraged me to do all I can to teach her about ballet, even if I can't afford formal lessons! I even plan to buy the the Prima Princessa
Ballet For Beginners Book so I can learn more about ballet!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Evergreen on February 5, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my 3 year old granddaughter after reading the rave reviews, but I was disappointed. Two aspects of the program left me wanting more. It was great to see the professional ballerinas, and also the (approx.) 10 - 12 year old students demonstrating the first positions and a few movements, but then they also continually cut to a group of 4 - 5 year olds dressed in tutus prancing around outdoors free-form and acting silly. These scenes are cute, but did not help my 3 year old relate to the fact that she is expected to follow the movements and instruction of her teacher when she goes to ballet class. It really would have been better if they had shown a teacher with the girls, and showed them at least attempting to follow along.

The second thing which I felt was not helpful to my 3 year old, was that during the demonstration by the older students of the first positions and a few movements, the producer continually cut to scenes of live animals to convey the concepts of numbers and movements. This really wasn't necessary, and just confused and distracted my granddaughter who was initially very interested in watching the student's movements.
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