Saturday, September 27, 2008

Product review: Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake

I know that most of my reviews, okay, all of my reviews, have moved on over to Berrie Sweet Picks. Mostly because I wanted to make sure that contests and giveaways did not take over this blog. But every now and then I do get a business owner asking me if I'd like to review their product here on Deadlines and Diapers.

I have been known to say "no" in the past, but I liked this one, so I was happy to make an exception.

Okay, if you aren't new here, you already known that Buttercup loves music and is just learning how to bop to the music. She's almost 16 months, and I would bet my life that music is going to be a BIG part of hers when she is older.

I was a little skeptical of the Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake DVD that was sent to me, only because I wasn't sure if it was going to actually hold Buttercup's attention. But then I popped it in, and just because I wanted to amuse myself I also put a tutu on her, and we sat down to learn about Swan Lake.

Prima Princessa is a fairy ballerina (the best kind, right?) who transports a group of pre-school girls to see Swan Lake, as performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. Not only does Prima Princessa narrate the story, she also magically transports the girls back home in between acts so they can dress up in their own tutus and learn simple ballet steps. What you see is really a group of little girls having a lot of fun pretending, but that's really the point, isn't it?

First, let me tell you that the moms behind this little number are absolute geniuses! The DVD was created to help introduce 2-6 yr olds to the world of Ballet in a fun and educational way, and they hit their mark. The bonus is that by watching it with Buttercup, now I actually understand what's going on!

I love ballet, mind you, but I was about as educated on the difference between a plie and a jette as I was on the difference between Odelle and Odette! Now that I know, it all makes a whole lot more sense.

Now, Buttercup is younger than the recommended age, but she did dance to the music and always stopped what she was doing to see the little girls practicing the steps they learned while giggling like crazy. I can see already that this DVD is going to have a very long lifespan in out house and am looking forward to watching this single DVD blossom into a very successful series.

Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake is available here at for $17.99. But if you'd like to try to win your own copy first, just visit the Prima Princessa site or its Amazon page and leave me a comment telling me why you think this DVD would be perfect for your little fairy ballerina!

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Sky said...

I have a 12 month old, and while she's a bit young, I think she would love to watch this anyway. She's all girl at heart!!

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mrs.mommyy said...

My kiddos would have their dancing shoes on and be dancing and execrising and jumping about- and I probably would be getting dizzy dancin with them too

mrs.mommyy at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

My girl is six, and boy does she love ballerinas! Unfortunately, she got her daddy's moves. Or lack thereof.

To add to that, I know NOTHING about ballet, either!

Would you believe that I took her to a ballet production of Cinderella, and I was irritated that there were no words!?!? My sister-in-law really ribbed me for not knowing it was ALL dance and music!

Rebecca said...

My daughter is really wanting to do Ballet, this should be something she will enjoy.


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Kristan said...

i have 14 month olds who LOVE to dance...and i'm a former ballerina - so this would be perfect!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

My daughter loves to dance and all things girly. This would be perfect.

=) melanie
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

joycefay said...

my daughter has been called a little princess since she was born and when people would ask what her name is she would say princess instead of Macie lol. We still laugh when we talk about it and would love to have the cd for her, she is so precious and a sweet princess. thank you so much for caring. joyce

Mary Kate of Prima Princessa said...

Hi Pauline,

I'm thrilled the Buttercup enjoyed the show. We will send you the next ones "Prima Princessa Presents Sleeping Beauty" and "Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker" to review when they are completed.

Mary Kate
Prima Princessa Productions