If you've got a tiny prima ballerina on your hands, there's no time like late May and early June to nurture her passion, because ballet recital season is here! Each and every ballet studio is hard at work practicing on some dance number to show each dancer's proud parents what they've learned throughout the year. Some of these recitals are simple events, held in the dance studio, but others are big affairs, held at community auditoriums or school theaters, and they're open to the public! Admission is minimal compared to tickets to professional ballet companies -- most likely $10 or less -- so you can show your preschooler how the big girls dance on stage, and inspire her to keep on working on her pirouettes and leaps!
If you can't find (or afford) to take your child to local ballet recitals, you can always find classical ballet DVDs at the library or on public television. There are ballet shows geared towards young children, and one of the cutest, sweetest ones is the Angelina Ballerina series. Kids love watching Angelina Mouseling as she dances her way to becoming a big star! Angelina has been a popular book and tv character for quite a while, and now kids can watch her on PBS in Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, which is a re-imagination of the classic Angelina Ballerina series done in full CG animation.
You can read my review of Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps here (and enter to win an Angelina Ballerina book!).
Here's a brief description of the new series:
Based on the original best-selling children's book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps follows the now 8-year-old Angelina as she embarks on the next stage in her life at a performing arts school, Camembert Academy. This new series finds Angelina making new friends and experiencing various forms of music and dance including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, opera, ballroom, and hip hop, as well as ethnic music and dance from around the world. In addition, each episode includes Camembert's Shining Stars, a live-action interstitial featuring talented young performers who demonstrate their love of music and dance.
And here are a couple of videos from Angelina's YouTube channel:
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