The possession of double X chromosomes often correlates with two other genetic conditions: Princess Mania and Ballet Obsession. Such has always been the case with my daughter, despite my lack of girliness.
She saw her first real live ballerina at age 2, when we happened upon a free mini-performance of the Oregon Ballet Theater. Since then, she’s been hooked.
So, I was excited to pull my daughter into service helping me review Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake. This sweet DVD treats ballet-loving preschoolers to an abridged and narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. The plot of each act is interpreted by Prima Princessa, an animated fairy princess ballerina, followed by simple ballet vocabulary lessons, video of young ballet students (both boys and girls, which I appreciated), and tutu shots of cute preschoolers hopping around in the grass.
The DVD strikes a good balance between education and entertainment, and doesn’t go over-the-top precious. Prima Princessa never gets in the way of the actual ballet (in other words, I enjoyed watching it), and the breaks between acts give preschoolers the perfect opportunity to jump up and dance. Even more impressive: the DVD was produced by two New Jersey moms with no prior filmmaking experience. And (of course) my daughter loved it.
Check out the Prima Princessa site to watch a DVD clip, print out free coloring pages, or to enter the TutuZone (the founders’ blog). You can purchase the DVD at the Prima Princessa site, or from Amazon.com.
Win it! Don your tutus and get in the running for a copy of Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake! I’ll choose one Parenthacker at random who answers the following question in the comments:
Have you ever been surprised by the extent of your kid’s "girliness" or "boyishness"?
I’ll post the winner tomorrow, 4/3, at 3pm PST. Good luck!
EDITED 4/2 7PM PST: Um, oops. I jumped the gun, closed comments at 3-ish PM TODAY, and picked a winner 24 hours early. Which is great for Piseco, but disappointing to everyone else who’s only reading this now! So, comments are open again till 3pm tomorrow (4/3) and I’ll pick a second winner! Carry on!