Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker
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The website, [...], has some great coloring pages and activities for little ones, too.
This is such an adorable and educational video for little ones and would make a wonderful present or stocking stuffer for girls ages 3-7.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this from Prima Princessa Productions in exchange for my honest review.
Because of all that I was really excited to get to review Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker. It provided me a way to show Amber The Nutcracker in a way that was fun and easy for her to understand at her age now! She loved dancing along to it (as you can see!) and I was impressed with the gorgeous costumes & scenery during the ballet which I guess is not surprising considering it's the Birmingham Royal Ballet preforming. Like the other Prima Princessa DVD the breaks were cute and fun and Amber and I both really enjoyed it! This would make a perfect Christmas gift and you can't beat the $6.99 price tag!!! I highly recommend getting it for the little ballerina in your life!
Not only is this a fun outlet for a kid's energy and a good alternative to turning on a movie which will keep them seated on the couch, it also reinforces some of the same dance steps Suzi is learning in her dance class. Glissade, in particular, is something not all the girls immediately grasp in class, and now Suzi has extra motivation to practice it at home. I was pleased at how the dance steps featured on this DVD are different from the ones in Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake. It's a totally new program. I'd definitely recommend adding this one to your collection.
1) It was narrated with story to help her understand what was going on
2) It had some breaks for 'dance lessons' which would be right up her ally, since she's always trying to copy what she's seeing done by other dancers.
The narration was the best part, and really did well with the Royal Ballet's performance to tell the story at an age appropriate level. The dancing was superb. (I would not have recommended the close ups of the 'magic tricks' because the moment the camera zoomed in for 'artsy' close ups, you saw the strings and the magic was gone ><) All in all the sections featuring the professional show are wonderful, and exactly what I'd hoped for.
However, the parts of the show in which there were real children dancing were poorly executed and showed low production values. There were a few steps shown in a ballet studio by capable older children who obviously took dance. But the steps chosen to 'teach' were all rather random overall. The other children who were showcased as the fairy's friends who all liked to dance and wanted to watch the show... nothing they did looked much like what the children who'd actually had a dance class were showing. And then they took that segment and REPEATED IT after the fairy yelled "encore!" and even my 3 year old was bored the second time around since it was the EXACT SAME THING! In fact, the first time it happened, I thought the DVD had accidentally skipped!
Bottom line, it wasn't something I'd want to watch again, though I might have to if she wants to see the story again. But for the price, I felt like I'd pretty much gotten value for the dollar. Which is to say that it was cheap, in both soul and $$$.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely DVD - tells the story and demonstrates Ballet fo r young children3-5Published 4 months ago by Deborah L. Bagby
Not long enough routines for the little ones to copy and spin around. Not acceptable quality of the image, hard to appreciate the little segments of the ballet shown.Published 4 months ago by GardenLight
I bought this for my 3-year-old daughter who has an interest in ballet. However, she did not seem to be much interested in this particular DVD, and I was surprised because of all... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ana
My oldest daughter loves ballet and ballerinas so this was a great stocking stuffed for her. She already has several days from this company so it was just a great gift. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Luvely
This was a gift for my 7 yr old granddaughter who is taking ballet in Australia. She loves anything ballet but especially enjoys this DVD.Published 6 months ago by Texas Gal
Amazing! My 3-year-old absolutely loves it! She asks for it every day. I enjoy it too. It actually teaches some ballet moves and the quality of the ballerinas is exceptional. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bruin Girl
Not the ballet it goes to and from the ballet but my daughter has watched this daily, she's 3, so it keeps her interestedPublished 7 months ago by Vanessa W