Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Dancing dynamo has positive messages for young viewers.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The series exposes preschoolers to various forms of dance and music, including ballet, ethnic, and modern styles.

Positive Messages

Angelina learns important life lessons in each episode, and the stories promote positive messages about friendship, hard work, problem solving, and cooperation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All of the adults in Angelina's life set good examples for her. Her teacher is always full of encouragement and respects her students’ different artistic interpretations, and her parents are always there to help her work through tough situations. Angelina herself is a positive female character, working to solve problems and learn new things.

Violence & Scariness

One character is pretty clumsy, so there are some slapstick-type physical humor and tumbles, but no injuries.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

There's some Angelina-related merchandise out there that young fans make take a new (or renewed) interest in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that precocious mouse Angelina often finds herself in situations that will resonate with preschoolers, like wanting to be in the spotlight ... or getting reprimanded by a teacher. As Angelina works out solutions to her problems, she teaches kids important lessons in cooperation, patience, respect, and perseverance. The series also introduces kids to a variety of music and dance styles, and the "squeaky"-clean content makes it a great choice for kids of all ages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byshstrang98 December 1, 2011

New CGI Version Has No Soul

Our little girl loves Angelina. But the outlet here in the states is Sprout and they seem to have taken to only the new sterile-looking CGI version which frank... Continue reading
Adult Written byPink1Kitty1Cat April 6, 2010
I HATE IT. THE NEW ANGELINA SUCKS. First of all, happened to the England setting? Where's the Queen? Where's the old-fasnioned stuff? Where's the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySamantha8533 August 11, 2014

I don't like it

I put not for kids because my mom hates it and so does my other sister.The songs now are just trash.It's very annoying.For example that episode where angel... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRubyTherese August 21, 2015

Bring back the old version!!!!

This new version is horrible! What happened to the beautiful English countryside, and the realistic, fantastic story lines? What happened to all the characters... Continue reading

What's the story?

ANGELINA BALLERINA: THE NEXT STEPS chronicles the adventures of aspiring dancer Angelina (voiced by Charlotte Spencer) as she continues her education at a new school in hopes of becoming a ballerina extraordinaire. At Camembert Academy for the Performing Arts, 8-year-old Angelina finds that this new stage of her life is full of stumbling blocks. But with the support of her new friends, the precocious little mouseling turns each challenge into a chance to learn from her mistakes and reflect on the type of person -- er, mouse -- she wants to be.

Is it any good?

Existing Angelina fans will pirouette for joy over this new series. Colorful computer animation gives new dimension to the young mouse, doing justice to her larger-than-life personality. The show’s bright hues and modern style will appeal to today’s preschoolers, and the sweet stories -- each infused with essential life lessons for young viewers -- are a seamless continuation of those from the original series.

Angelina’s diverse new group of friends encourages her to step out of her comfort zone in her dance, and while it’s not always easy, she learns a little something about herself and her abilities each time. Kids will walk away from these stories with a positive outlook on trying new things and chasing their dreams, and they’ll acquire some basic tools for coping with troubles. Couple that with the show's strong messages about friendship, perseverance, and self-confidence, and there’s a lot to like about this dynamic dancer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting and achieving goals. Kids: What are some of your goals? How do you plan to work toward them? How do you feel when you encounter a setback in your plans?

  • Kids: How does this series compare to the books by Katharine Holabird and the original TV series? What other shows do you like that are based on books?

  • Families can use this show to foster kids' interest in the performing arts. Attend a play or concert in your area, and talk to your kids about it. Did you enjoy the performance? What was your favorite part?

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