Review and Giveaway: Prima Princessa Ballet for Beginners

Watching ballet dancers is simply enchanting. I went to my very first Ballet this spring – we saw Swan Lake. I never thought I would be so moved by men in tights and women in tutus.  I think many women have an inner ballerina just waiting to be unleashed (though the image of me in a tutu pops my dream bubble very quickly).  Watching the little girls at the Ballet was priceless.  The stars were in their eyes as they mimicked the graceful moves, postures and jumps of the swan- like creatures on the stage. There are few things cuter than little girls in their leotards and tights prancing around in excitement.

If you do have a budding ballerina on your hands, Ballet for Beginners by Prima Princessa is a great book. This 80 page hard cover book is a beautiful reference or gift. It introduces little ballerinas to ballet with a comprehensive index of ballet terms and basic ballet steps.  Each move is accompanied by photos of students from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet.

One of the highlights of Ballet for Beginners is that it is suitable for ages 3 -12.  There is a little cartoon fairy narrator who will help little readers follow the story as it is read aloud.  The writing and pictures will inspire the older readers.

Another highlight is the price point.  Listed at $11.53 on and, I feel you are getting good bang for your buck.

My own little ‘ballerina’  is more interested in being a firefighter than a dancer these days. At the ripe old age of 23 months, she was a little young for the book.  So to get authentic child reaction, I showed it to our neighbor who is 3.5.  She couldn’t put it down. She was absolutely engrossed in the book.  She would look at the photos then try and prance around like she was the dancer. It was really cute to see. When I left, I could see her flying through the air with a whirl and a giggle. It received a thumbs up!

If you want a little peak at all things ballet, visit the website.  It is quickly becoming a complete ballet resource with listings of hundreds of ballet schools, summer camps, a ballet dictionary, listings of where to buy ballet tutus and… the piece-de-resistance… free ballet coloring pages. Hello rainy summer day activity!

Because I appreciate your loyalty so much, I am giving away my complimentary copy of Prima Princessa Ballet for Beginners. I think it is only fair that I share the joy and the fun of the book with one of your little ballerinas.

How to enter?  Visit the primaprincessa website.  Come back here and share a new word from the ballet dictionary. That’s it.

Don’t forget you must be a member of to enter.

For additional entries to this giveaway, you can:

1 -Post or reply to a question (as many times as you like). Leave a comment below telling me you’ve posted.

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3 – Follow @practicalmum on Twitter and tweet this giveaway (max: once a day). (Leave me the link to your tweets below)

Giveaway is open to the US and Canada! Ends Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 9pm EST. Winner will be chosen using and contacted via e-mail with 48 hours to reply or new winners will be chosen.


Just so we’re clear: I was sent a copy of the book to review.  I am now passing it on to one of my readers because I really appreciate you. I will be buying another copy of the book to keep on our bookshelf.  Receiving the complimentary book has not influenced my opinion at all.  Come on, by now you must know that I say it the way I see it.

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10 Responses to Review and Giveaway: Prima Princessa Ballet for Beginners

  1. They have a very cute site. I had no idea there was a ballet dictionary (since I never took ballet) but I would love for my daughter to learn so here is a new word that I’ve never heard before:

    Bourreé: A step performed in releve where one leg pulls the other leg to close both in a tight 5th position in a series of tiny and quick steps either in place or moving.

  2. I’m a facebook fan (Abby Smith)

  3. Following you on twitter and tweeted

  4. chana said: On June 25, 2010


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