Everything Is Beautiful at the Ballet!
Gifts for Aspiring Dancers
Tags: costumes for little dancers, ballerina dolls, books about ballet, videos about ballet
Posted: 2010-04-20 13:56:23 By: Joanne Oppenheim

 

Every little dancer will love twirling about in a tutu. Put on the music and let the dancing begin! For quieter times there are ballerina dolls, videos, and books. Perhaps best of all, 'tis the season for tickets for a real live performance of the Nutcracker. If you are too far from a live show, bring home a DVD and let the magic begin!

 

 


2009 Award
Acting Out Swan Lake Musical Skirt
( $40 Score: )

Like this company's many other musical skirts, tutus, and dance dresses, this pretty pink and white tulle tutu with pink satin bow at the waist, has a magical music box tucked into a hidden pocket. Turn the switch to "on" and your little ballerina can dance to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky's beautiful Swan Lake. The music is motion activated, so it will play continuously while the child is dancing. It turns off when the little Swan takes a break. Note: To conserve batteries turn the switch to "off" during rehearsal time or when the Swan becomes a Sugar Plum fairy. This is the newest addition to an award winning collection of dancing skirts that include the Nutcracker, Can-Can, Polka and others. The skirt with elastic waistband fits sized 3-6x. A sure fire hit!

Acting Out also makes full tutus with attached top; however, the elasticized skirts will fit for a longer time without being outgrown.   The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2009 Award
Rosy Cheeks Big Sister Ballerinas
(North American Bear Co. $32 Score: )

Ballerina dolls tend to be stiff and hard to handle. Not these Big Sister dolls. Available in African American or Caucasian versions, these 22" all fabric dolls are adorable with their yarn hair, pink headbands with roses, pink satin and tulle tutu and pink ballet slippers. These sweet dolls are a little on the chubby side and have stitched features and are sure to thrill any big sister. They come with blonde or brunette yarn hair. 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2009 Award
Blabla Classics Ballerina Giselle
(blabla kids $44 Score: )

With her hair tied in bunches and her ballet slippers criss-crossed up her legs, this adorable 18" ballerina is totally adorable. Giselle is part of an amazing collection of dolls hand knitted in festive colors and whimsical designs! There are smaller Mini Giselle ballerina's ($34) and huggables in the shape of girls, boys, and other adorable critters. Blabla classics include arm full size Ballerinas, cats, puppies, cows, you name it! There are clothes available for dressing up your Blabla. For deep pockets, they also have child size dolls($137) that will decorate a room as well as offering a memorable pretend friend. There isn't one you won't fall in love with. Made in Peru, they are made of washable organic cotton and filled with polyester fill. This is a new level of folk art designed with care for children--but charming enough for adult collectors, as well. All Ages. blablakids.com

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

 

 

 


2009 Award
The Yellow Tutu
(by Kirsten Bramsen and illus. by Carin Bramsen, Random House $15.99 Score: )

For her birthday Margo gets a yellow tutu that she loves to wear...even on her head. She loves it so much she cannot understand why all the kids in school make fun of her, all but one. A sweet story about imagination, friendship, and daring to be different. 


Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2009 Award
Beautiful Ballerina
(by Marilyn Nelson/ illus. by Susan Kuklin, Scholastic $17.99 Score: )

Homage to young African American ballerinas in the making, this is a beautiful poem illustrated with endearing photographs. Four young dancers: a preschooler, a schoolgirl, and two older girls are captured in expressive movements that resonate with the lyrical poetry. The photographs reflect their love of the dance and their aspirations in a kind of quiet beauty young dancers are sure to relate to. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2009 Award
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
(retold and illustrated by Gail De Marcken, Scholastic $18.95 Score: )

Any one of the thousands of children, who will see the ballet, The Nutcracker, this holiday season, will be the richer for knowing the story before they go to the theater. Sure, there are notes in the program, but they are a poor substitute for the full story. This glorious oversized picture book opens to eye candy endpapers that set the stage for E.T.A. Hoffmann's magical fantasy that has been beautifully adapted by Gail de Marken. This is a long telling for older listeners. It will take more than one sitting and the illustrations will be enjoyed both before and after seeing the ballet in the theater, on TV, or any of the many DVD versions.  

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2009 Award
First Ballet
(by Deanna Caswell/ illus. by Elizabeth Matthews, Hyperion $16.99 Score: )

Most little girls who have been taken to the ballet for the first time will relate to this lyrical little book. Told in verse, it captures the excitement of the occasion. Matthew's lively illustrations capture the adventure and even the joy after the event when both adult and child are inspired to take a twirl or two. 4-7

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2006 Award
Angelina Ballerina The Big Performance
(HIT Entertaiment $16.99 Score: )

Based on the Angelina Ballerina books, this entry has four original stories and two live-action sequences with young dancers. Unlike some Angelina videos, there are no scary scenes in any of these stories—though there is some suspense. Miss Lily takes Angelina to dance for her friend the Queen and they have a transportation adventure on the way; Angelina's baby sister stirs up some expected unhappiness—but all's well that ends well. There are several other stories. This lasts 150 minutes, so you’ll want to watch it in several sittings unless you are going cross country with an Angelina fan. available now on DVD. 4 & up.

Still top rated, Angelina Ballerina Friends Forever and Rose Fairy Princess, both PLATINUM winners. Look for Angelina Ballerina books, as well.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


1997 Awards
Dare to Dance
(Grey Dawn Productions $19.95 Score: )

This is not a how-to dance-along tape. It is an inspiring and beautifully crafted video with interviews and film of three young talented dancers from ten to seventeen that captures their feelings and love of dancing. 8-17

Also, I Want to be a Ballerina (Big Kids Productions $14.95) features a behind-the-scenes look at the casting, rehearsing, and highlights of the Nutcracker by student dancers.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 1997. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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