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Prima Princessa's Ballet for Beginners: Featuring the School of American Ballet

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Prima Princessa invites budding ballerinas to explore the wonderful world of ballet!

Is there any more enticing figure than the ballerina? Dressed in a fluffy tutu, wearing her pink pointe shoes, and dancing so gracefully, she's what every little girl longs to be. But what does it take to make that fantasy come true? Thanks to the charming, illustrated Prima Princessa, would-be ballerinas will enjoy a privileged peek into the dancer's world.

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Overview

Prima Princessa invites budding ballerinas to explore the wonderful world of ballet!

Is there any more enticing figure than the ballerina? Dressed in a fluffy tutu, wearing her pink pointe shoes, and dancing so gracefully, she's what every little girl longs to be. But what does it take to make that fantasy come true? Thanks to the charming, illustrated Prima Princessa, would-be ballerinas will enjoy a privileged peek into the dancer's world.

The fairy-like Princessa ushers readers into New York City's famous School of American Ballet (SAB) in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts--the finest dance academy in the U.S. and the starting point for most of the New York City Ballet's ballerinas. Through stunning photography, they'll enter SAB's classrooms and get an intimate look at how elite dancers train. The visit begins in a pre-ballet class, moves to SAB's Children's Ballet Division (11-year-olds), and finally arrives at the near-professional Advanced Ballet classes (16-year-olds). Along the way, newcomers to ballet will learn about the school's dress code; see close-up images of young students demonstrating all the basic positions; and find out what goes into performing each step. Just like a real dance class, the book opens with a barre--where dancers warm up--and then shifts to the center, where ballerinas can show off their balance, perform combinations, and eventually practice partnering. (There's also a glimpse at boy's class, too!) The on-the-page performance is absolutely inspiring, with every dancer in perfect, elegant form: all the photos and instructions have been checked by the teachers at SAB for accuracy. And most exciting of all is watching a girl get ready to go on stage for a dress rehearsal, applying her makeup, straightening her costume, and making sure every hair is in place.

It's the stuff of which dreams are made, and the finest children's introduction to ballet ever published!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A cartoon ballerina named Prima Princessa (who stars in a pair of ballet DVDs for kids) hosts this introduction to the art form. Full-color photographs feature the essential steps of becoming a professional, beginning with an outdoor “Creative Movement” class for girls under six, followed by lessons for children ages six to 13 and an advanced class, both photographed at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Ballerinas demonstrate poses and steps for readers to replicate, as the text describes each technique. Finally, a young ballerina applies makeup and warms up for her performance. The heartening tone will encourage those who dream of making it to the stage. Ages 6–up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—The education of a dancer's body and mind is a long and complicated process, and this book tells that story with a lighthearted grace and brio. Movement class is often the first step for the youngest aspiring dancer, and moving to music is introduced in a relaxed, fun setting. Full-color photographs of girls twirling and leaping in all kinds of costumes capture their unbridled exuberance. Advancing to a real dance class in black leotard and pink tights is the next step. This learning process is described in the narrative and illustrated in crisp photographs of students at the New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet. The chapters progress through the complexity of technique and include a boys' class and a partnering lesson. Colorful cartoon ballerinas are highlighted throughout. Terms such as "musicality," "turnout," and "corps de ballet" are introduced in the text, bolded for emphasis, and defined in the glossary. A one-page index refers readers to the glossary definition as well as the illustrative page. A lovely look at the athletic basis of the often-ethereal beauty of ballet.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936140459
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 274,761
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Co-Authors, friends, business partners, and fellow moms, Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow are the producers of the "Prima Princessa Presents" series of ballet DVDs for children. They are passionate about everything ballet. You can visit them online at www.PrimaPrincessa.com. Stephanie studied dance in Paris, France at Marcel Marceau's International School of Mimodrame of Paris and at Martha Graham in NYC. She graduated from Columbia University, Barnard College, and went on to pursue a career in cartoons. Stephanie is the writer of her self-syndicated comic "Relationstrips" and the proud designer of the fabulous ballerina princess "Prima Princessa." She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband, four great kids, and puppy, Max. Mary Kate is a dance lover and former jewelry designer. Her jewelry has appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine and in Women’s Wear Daily. Mary Kate graduated from Wesleyan College in Connecticut. She lives Montclair, NJ with her husband, two wonderful children and their Maltese, Pickles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2010

    Excellent Resource

    Lovely and quick read written for young girls, but adaptable to any beginning ballerina. The text includes explanations/pronounciations for most basic positions with beautiful photos to match and a decent glossary at the end. Highly-recommended reference for every dancer's bookshelf.

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