Angelina Ballerina: Dancing on Ice

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Mouse pals overcome friendship foibles, learn lessons.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 62 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers learn about dance moves such as arabesques and axles; the particulars of rehearsals, practice, and performance; what it means to sing in a chorus; how to approach learning a new art form; time management; and making an original creation. 

Positive Messages

Working together, making time for friends, taking time to avoid mistakes, scheduling your time effectively, encouraging friends to do their best, helping friends solve problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are engaged and present. Children are realistically flawed, well-intentioned, and usually very sweet. They have jealousies and frustrations, make mistakes, and upset their friends, but they care a lot about making things right and not letting others down. A particular focus is on how important it is to take a hobby or art seriously, to practice, and to do your best.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Dancing on Ice is a dance-focused collection of stories that deal with working together, learning new things, being original, and practicing to ensure good performance. In each installment, Angelina and her friends work very hard to follow the rules, do their best, and treat others with kindness. There's a particular focus on friendship, the love of dancing, and practice for the sake of improving and doing your best. 

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What's the story?

Angelina and friends learn lessons about practice, time management, and teamwork. In "Dancing on Ice," Angelina and Alice must learn not to be so careless as they rush around to make the big ice-skating performance. In "Angelina and Alice's Big Night," best friends must learn to manage their time better to see each other in spite of being at different schools. In "Angelina's Cheese Roll," the mouselings must learn brand-new instruments and dance moves and learn how to best approach a new skill when it doesn't come naturally. In "Angelina's Lunch Table," Angelina learns how not to overcommit her time and avoid making all her friends mad at her. In "Angelina and Gracie's Creative Day," Angelina helps Gracie create an original dance after she passes off an existing one as her own.

Is it any good?

ANGELINA BALLERINA: DANCING ON ICE blends friendship and dance in a particularly instructive batch of stories. With lots of focus on the nuts and bolts of creating routines and preparing for performances, the stories also offer parallel messages about managing friendships and feelings. Here Angelina and the mouselings take pleasure in being well prepared, are diligent about being on time and doing their best, and want to please everyone, but accidents happen and messes are made. These episodes are chock-full of lessons about being original, honest, and conscientious. Ideal for preschoolers who gravitate toward the fine arts and are sorting out friendship issues of their own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how practice makes perfect. What have you practiced until you were perfect? Did it work?

  • How does Angelina juggle having so many friends? Have you ever had to figure out how to do several things at once? How did you manage it?

  • Try making up a dance all by yourself like Angelina and her friends did. Was it hard? How did you think of it?

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