During a play date, two Montclair moms, Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller, were discussing their daughter’s love of ballet and the search to find a good ballet DVD. The girls took dance at Sharron Miller’s and were ballet obsessed. They couldn’t find a good, performance-based DVD that was also geared toward children. After talking about it some more during their get-togethers, the two decided to make their own movie, despite having no experience in film making, without a studio and without a professional producer. Prima Princessa was born.
These moms did have some background skills that helped though. Stephanie danced in a pre-professional dance company, American Dance Theater, during her entire childhood. After graduating high school she studied in Paris France at the L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre de Paris, Marcel Marceau and then at Martha Graham in New York City. After college, Stephanie went on to pursue a career in cartooning. Mary Kate was an entrepreneur. With no formal training as a jewelry designer, she started a jewelry business and soon her jewelry was being sold at upscale boutiques.
Currently, they have two DVDs available: Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake and Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker. They are currently working on a Sleeping Beauty production. All of the children in the DVDs are their daughters and their daughter’s friends–local Montclair kids.
The DVDs are available locally at Learning Express Montclair and Verona, Minnow, Sharron Miller, and Watchung Booksellars. You can also purchase then at Amazon, and at most dance stores throughout the country. Recently, Mary Kate and Stephanie signed with a large USA distributor NCircle Entertainment, which specializes in pre-school entertainment, so they will be going mass market.
Want to win a Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker DVD? It would be the perfect holiday present for your little ballerina. Simply tell us why you like the Nutcracker–or just ballet and dance and creative movement in general in the comment section. One person who replies to this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, will be chosen at random to receive the DVD. Please post only once.
No purchase necessary. Starts Monday, December 7, 2009, 11:00 a.m. EST and ends Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at 11:59 p.m.
Open to U.S. residents ages 16 years and older. Void where prohibited.