Children 3 to 7 will love dancing along to this award winning magical Christmas movie as seen on public television. It features an animated ballerina princess fairy, excerpts from The Nutcracker ballet performed by England's Birmingham Royal Ballet and ballet step demos with students from the School of American Ballet. You can be a ballerina too with this ballet for kids show. American accent.
My niece is crazy about ballet, and we watch the Nutcracker ballet movie ALL THE TIME. I thought she would enjoy this, but she was quickly bored by it. The actual ballet footage is a small fraction of the video. The majority of the video is made up of kids repeating a ballet move over and over and over, with footage of other activities that are similar - for example, when teaching the glissade, you see a class of ballet students demonstrating the movement, then kids sledding down a hill, then dancers in the Nutcracker, all with a voice over of children saying, "glissade" ad nauseum. Then, just when you think you can't take it anymore, they replay the whole thing over again. Painful. My niece is 3, and she loved the footage of the actual Nutcracker ballet, and the first couple minutes of the ballet lesson, but it got incredibly boring for her fast. We won't be watching this again, sadly. I'll just put on the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker and she'll dance up a storm to that.
This is NOT the full ballet of the Nutcracker; however, it is excellent for really young children especially if they are interested in ballet or if they are interested in the princess items on the market.
The ballet is presented by live dancers, not cartoons, and there are children about age 4 to 10 who are dressed in practice clothes and they do the steps and learn the correct names for the steps between acts of the actual ballet.
There is a cartoon fairy who comes in and explains the show and the practice steps, and the whole show is shortened which helps keep the attention of the very young.
This is an excellent video for children not yet ready to sit through a full production of the real Nutcracker, and especially this video is great for those children interested in classes or already in classes.
Wonderful! I purchased based on the reviews as looking for a Nutcracker video to prepare my daughters ( 8 and 7) with as we are going to see the Nutcracker live soon. This surpassed my expectations. We have done Bella Dancerella and that is about the level of entertainment I was expecting. This is way better and much more professional ballet grade. My girls were absolutely mesmerized. The second time through they started to participate with the dance breaks. Prima Princessa has a few free coloring sheets on their site that I printed that have been a great supplement to this video, as well.
This is really wonderful. My 3 year old daughter has just started ballet classes, and she watches this (and the other two movies by Prima Princessa, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake) very often. My 6 year old son likes them too. The movie is divided up between acts of the real ballet (beautiful!) with a narrative of what is happening in the story so kids can understand it, and then there are breaks with little children showing beginning ballet moves that kids can practice. It's very well done, and the price I got it for was excellent. I like having it on, because I get to hear the classical music. Very good!
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 the good reviews about it here. I also saw a few scenes from this video, and it seemed like there was extra time spent on repeating scenes and adding clips that did not really go with the video, like showing images of flowers blooming, which I thought was irrelevant to what they were teaching. I would not buy another DVD from "Prima Princessa," that's for sure.
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. It's perfect for preschoolers - just enough time to watch the ballet and then get up and move. A perfect way to introduce your child to the Nutcracker or to enjoy it all year long. We're planning to buy the other Prima Princessa titles too.
I dislike having to rate this so low. I really can't comment on this as it does NOT play on our player in the USA. I also purchased the Swan Lake from the Birmingham Royal Ballet and it is EXCELLENT. Plays perfectly. The girls ages 4 and 5 are fascinated by it and watch it over and over. I was hoping the same for The Nutcracker with Christmas nearing. But, unfortunately, it does not play. I just gave it to my granddaughters today and we were so sad when it did not play. I tried to return it, but was unable to do so.
This is much better than many of the DVD's, its fully narrates the plot (essential), fairly modern, princesses, fairies.. teaches the kids some of the ballet moves, its still 2nd in line to "Peter and the Wolf" the Animal Ballet DVD we bought, but id buy more of this series as my ballerina gets older (only 3yrs atm).