Angelina Ballerina: Musical Moves

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Fun facts about dance mix well with gentle lessons.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 62 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers will learn about dance moves, genres, and musical styles such as tap, modern, and disco, as well as dance-related concepts such as the importance of rehearsal and practicing the basics, how to fight stage fright, and healthy diets for dancers.

Positive Messages

Teamwork; balancing dance with other priorities; keeping your word; the importance of practice; patience and not jumping ahead; being a good friend. Even seasoned dancers still practice often. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are engaged and present, while giving children the space to solve their own problems -- and giving them the occasional nudge. Children are relatable, well-intentioned, and realistically flawed. They can behave selfishly, getting caught up in fun or daydreams, but they're conscientious and diligent about maintaining friendships and making mistakes. Particular emphasis on the importance of practice and discipline to improve at dance, with stress on the value of dance for dance's sake.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Musical Moves is a dance-centric collection of tales that blend dance and music facts with everyday lessons for preschoolers. Angelina and friends rehearse, compete, create songs and dances, and learn how to be good friends, students, and members of their community. Each story imparts some aspect of the rigors of studying dance, whether it's a specific style, such as tap, or an aspect of the discipline, such as the importance of rehearsal, while also working in stories about friendship, forgetting, and foibles any 4-year-old can relate to.

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What's the story?

In these five stories, Angelina and friends face excitement and teaching moments. In "Angelina and the Disco Dance Craze," the Mouselings must temper their excitement for a new style of music with a promise they made for Lend a Paw Day. Angelina and pals learn what it means to get butterflies in your tummy when Angelina must recite a poem in front of the class for "Angelina and the Tummy Butterflies." In "Angelina and the Magician," Gracie would rather learn magic than practice tap but soon realizes it's better not to ignore the basics. In "Angelina and Ms. Mimi's Dance," the Mouselings learn that even seasoned dancers must rehearse all the time. "Angelina, AZ, and Cheezy Z" has Angelina and friends working hard to surprise AZ for his birthday.

Is it any good?

ANGELINA BALLERINA: MUSICAL MOVES fires on all cylinders. Preschoolers interested in fine arts will find reinforcement and fun new facts about dance, music, and the discipline such endeavors require. Kids learning how to navigate new and old friendships will find relatable stories about jealousy, competition, and frustration as they try to balance their wants and needs, obligations, and play time, all the while stressing the importance of diligence, discipline, and conscientiousness. Plus, here is a show that understands how preschoolers think, full of whimsy and daydreams (starring them!) one minute and being very sensitive and democratic the next. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about practice. What do you practice? How long have you been doing it? Has it made you any better? Why, or why not?

  • What's your favorite type of music? What do you like about it?

  • Have you ever forgotten something important you were supposed to do? What was it? What happened? How did you sort it all out? How can you make sure to remember important events in the future?

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