Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance

 
Kids will learn new dance moves and solve problems, too.
  • Review Date: August 23, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 61 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Each episode introduces new dance or musical terms such as: arabesque, plie, choreography, improvisation, Celtic music, hip-hop dancing, pas-de-chevalle, and pas-de-chat. One episode features a song about time, in which a clock is shown with the corresponding hour.

Positive messages

Angelina and her friends love ballet, but are very supportive of new and unique ideas. They are very willing to practice hard to gain expertise. When they are frustrated with each other they ask for help. The girls do break rules laid down by Angelina's mom for a sleepover, but they apologize for their behavior the next day.

Positive role models

Angelina's parents are very supportive of her desire to dance. Her father takes her to school in the morning and her mother helps the girls smooth out little tiffs. Angelina's teacher is someone to whom the kids look up to, yet she sets strong boundaries with her class.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about here. Life in Mouseland is quite orderly and calm. Angelina loves nothing more than dancing, which dictates the plot of the segments in the movie. Children in the movie learn to solve problems with the help of adults.

What's the story?

Angelina Ballerina is back for more leaps and twirls in this feature-length movie comprised of five segments. Angelina (voiced by Charlotte Spencer) begins the school year as a new student at Camembert Academy, where she befriends some kids from different backgrounds and discovers new dance influences. She stumbles a bit as she tries to fit in, but she ultimately learns to stay true to herself. She also learns lessons of grace and courtesy when her dance partner is ill, and she learns to accept different points of view when she is paired with a boy who specializes in hip-hop dancing.

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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Based on the books by Helen Craig and Katharine Holabird, and following the successful series on PBS Sprout, ANGELINA BALLERINA: LOVE TO DANCE is a fluid and entertaining movie for tiny dancers. Though viewers who are not familiar with terms like "arabesque" and "pas-de-deux" might find Angelina's interest in dance more of an obsession than a hobby, young ballerinas will adore watching the moves come to life on the screen.

 

The educational components embedded in the movie might give young viewers a leg up on dance class. And it's easy to love a group of enthusiastic mouselings who get excited about dance practice, recitals, and music. Boy mouselings get into the act too, unafraid to show off their ballet skills. Throw in a few Pre-K appropriate lessons about honesty and problem solving, and you have a mousterpiece.   

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Angelina daydreams about being showered with applause after a dance performance. Do you have daydreams like this? Do you think Angelina is putting too much pressure on herself to be perfect? What happens when she makes a dance-related mistake?

  • Angelina is starting at a new school. There are moments when she wonders whether she will fit in or not. What kind of advice would you give her on her first day of school? Here is some of our expert advice about how kids can best prepare for the school year.

  • Angelina and her friends break a promise to Mrs. Mouseling when they stay up way past their bedtimes at a sleepover. Have you broken promises to your parents? How did you feel afterwards? How does Angelina handle her mistake?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 27, 2010
DVD release date:August 27, 2010
Cast:Charlotte Spencer, Jules Dejongh
Director:Davis Doi
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Arts and dance, Book characters, Friendship
Run time:61 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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perect

this is a great movie and book .my kids love this shown and book
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Parent of a 1, 3, and 4 year old Written bysocietynnhearts September 19, 2010
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Angelina Ballerina: Love To Dance

my two girls love it.
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Parent of a 18 year old Written bydoggs123 September 11, 2010
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I thank that is a good movie for kid with special needs.
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