A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Dilligence and dedication will help you succeed. In other words: Practice makes perfect.
Ease of Play
Early lessons start of very simple, but the challenge level gradually rises, which may result in unlockable performances and lessons that require a good deal of skill.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this active-play dance game is built for use with the Wii Balance Board -- a large flat controller that players stand on to use -- which is sold separately. The game can be played without the balance board, but girls looking for a virtual ballet experience will not get what they want from simply using thumb controls. Parents should also understand that while the game uses real ballet terms and will show children what different steps look like, they should not expect the game to actually teach their kids how to dance.
Is It Any Good?
As long as there's a Wii Balance Board available, My Ballet Studio can delight young tutu-wearers. Even if the child's actual movements bare little resemblance to what they're seeing on screen (I don't recall ever seeing a real ballerina shaking a remote before), it's likely she'll be satisfied with the idea that she's performing ballet. Kids who are really into dance -- who are the ones who are going to want this game, anyway -- will put more effort into it and pull off something more akin to real choreography. And either way, the game will get kids up and active. In one way of looking at it, My Ballet Studio is like a kiddie version of Wii Fit -- players will hone their balance, they'll be given flexibility exercises, they'll engage in brief step aerobics. The game's biggest flaw is that it without a Balance Board, the game loses 90% of it's appeal. When performing ballet, using a thumbstick is simply no substitute for kicking your legs.
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