Petite Feet: Ballet Adventures with Liz - The Alphabet Jungle
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Liz, Waldo and their dancing friends are back with new stretches, games and ballet combinations as well as an exciting adventure through the Alphabet Jungle. Petite Feet 2 engages young dancers in activities that promote creativity, dance skill development and educational foundations through movement. Great for children ages 2-6, Petite Feet 2 features new original music, animation and a selection of bonus chapters offering options for dancers at different stages of their dance development. Since receiving her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale, Liz has been a dance, yoga and theater educator in New York City and Los Angeles. She has taught through the New York City Ballet’s Education Program and at Gabriella Charter School, a Los Angeles public charter school where all students have an hour of dance a day. She has always been a dancer who acts and an actor who dances, and she draws from both of these disciplines in her teaching and performance. Her teaching is also informed by her Master's studies in education at California State University Los Angeles.
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Petite Feet was made with high quality production, the kids are cute, Liz is likable and engaging, and your kid will actually LEARN from this video.
My daughter had been in ballet for close to a year when we first rented Petite Feet, but knew next to nothing about the fundamental movements or their names. I put it on, and she liked it so much that she demanded it be played on repeat until lunch (and I am still unable to show it without at least 1 encore presentation nearly 2 years later). After that first day, she not only started discussing movements by name, but she also became more body aware while practicing them. And she became OBSESSED with ballet.
Our kitchen became her dance studio. She's spent countless hours practicing movements (and singing the Perite Feet songs) between the pantry and kitchen table. She started inviting her little sister to dance with her and helping her say the names and learn the movements, too.
I've watched her abilities flourish (despite stopping the studio lessons and not starting with a new one because I have yet to find one that's "as good as Petite Feet, Mom") and a real love of dance take hold in her. The same is happening with my 2.5yr old. What an awesome, awesome gift from what I thought was just a clever way to survive a rainy day.
A big thanks to Liz for sharing her gift for teaching dance with kids outside of her studio. Petite Feet has truly unlocked my daughters' dancer hearts - how many 5 and 2.5yr olds request to watch the Royal Ballet of Swan Lake and refer to themselves as Odette?!?
If you have a little dancer or just a kid that needs something fun to do on occasion, you need Petite Feet. (And Petite Feet 2 is just as good!)
Second, Liz always uses high quality, non-commercial music. The songs on Petite Feet 2 (and 1) are original and catchy without being annoying. After getting this DVD, my 5-year-old twins started singing some of the songs throughout their day. This aesthetic is also reflected in the overall production-- child-friendly but gentle, almost-old fashioned in its lack of jarring quick cuts, blaring graphics, or unnecessary sound or visual effects that can be annoying in other videos for children.
Third, I got both Petite Feet DVD's specifically for two international trips with my twins. It was SO great to have something they could do indoors, in our tiny urban apartment, that was active and creative, as an alternative to passive screen time.
Finally, both my kids just flat out enjoy Liz's teaching. We have boy/girl twins. While my daughter is the self-proclaimed ballerina, my son (who wouldn't "do ballet" in front of others) actually loves joining in all the dance songs and activities as well.
My friend tells me it's played, at minimum, four times a day.
She also told me it's on so much the music is starting to echo like Frozen songs.
I take this a a stellar recommendation to buy for your budding ballerina to test if she (or he) might enjoy more formal lessons.