Angelina Ballerina: Superstar Sisters

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Dance-centric fun with a focus on handling sibling rivalry.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 62 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers learn about waltzes as a piece of music and type of dance and about the practice and performance aspects of dance.

Positive Messages

Appreciating siblings; repairing relationships; apologizing for mistakes; trying to set things right; the importance of discipline in the arts.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents are engaged and present. Children are realistically self-absorbed, jealous, or forgetful but work to get along and fix things or apologize for hurting feelings or making a mess. They also work to include siblings and friends when kids feel frustrated.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angelina Ballerina: Superstar Sisters is a dance-centric episode that focuses on sibling frustrations. Little sister Polly gets in the way, takes a tumble, or runs off on occasion but is always found safe and sound. At heart are lessons for how to overcome the natural resentment siblings often feel with examples of how to include them.

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What's the story?

Angelina is getting frustrated in one way or another with little sister Polly in these four episodes. In "Superstar Sisters," she breaks her sister's music box and then must learn how to help fix the mess. In "Angelina's Nature Dance," she must learn to incorporate her little sister in an outing to the park to look for inspiration in nature for a dance routine. In "Angelina Jumps the River," Polly plays a central role in helping Angelina solve a problem for a school project, but first Angelina must be receptive to it. In "The Mini Mouseling," Polly again plays a central role in a dance routine once Angelina realizes how she can be an asset.

Is it any good?

Charming and entertaining, ANGELINA BALLERINA: SUPERSTAR SISTERS is chock-full of lessons in dance and life. Here Angelina and friends work hard to create original dance routines and solve problems in stage productions while Angelina also faces frustrations at home. Preschoolers who love dance and art will enjoy learning how to waltz and improvise, while siblings with tagalong little brothers or sisters will find relatable problems as they watch Angelina work through her frustrations with Polly. There are some sweet moments, too, when Angelina realizes she's been a bit hard on Polly and tries harder to appreciate her, and later, when she takes her out for a big day. With the added reinforcement that practice makes perfect with dance, this is a winning combination of realistic lessons that nurture an interest in fine art.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about getting along with siblings. Do you have siblings? Do you get along? Why, or why not? What happens when you don't? How do you resolve this?

  • Why should we include our sisters and brothers even when we might not want to?

  • What does Angelina learn from Polly when she agrees to give her a chance? How does it help with her school project?

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