Free Nutcracker DVD for Baby Ballerinas

BY  |  Monday, Dec 07, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (12)

PPPCoverNC.jpgDuring 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.


  1. POSTED BY WalshFamily  |  December 08, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Princess Odette is the name of the Princess that was turned into a swan by the evil enchanter Rothbart. One of my daughter’s favorites, I hope I win it for her!

  2. POSTED BY WalshFamily  |  December 08, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    Princess Odette is the name of the Princess that was turned into a swan by the evil enchanter Rothbart. One of my daughter’s favorites, I hope I win it for her!

  3. POSTED BY Svenny  |  December 09, 2009 @ 7:33 am

    my daughters would love it!

  4. POSTED BY hnic  |  December 09, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    The Nutcracker is the quintessential holiday ballet. I remember my mom taking me to see The Nutcracker every year. The music is beautiful and the story enchanting, and this DVD would be the perfect companion for any little girls dance repertoire. Did I mention I have 19 month old fraternal twin girls who have the Prima Princessa Swan Lake edition and watch it nightly swirling and jumping along with the DVD. And THAT is a true joy to watch!

  5. POSTED BY melisa  |  December 09, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    i just took my daughter to see the nutcracker last weekend — major hit! she takes ballet, dances around the house constantly, and (since i made the mistake of doing it once), begs me to YouTube videos of ballerinas for her to watch. winning this would give her something much better — and w/ a great story behind it! — to watch.
    fingers crossed — thanks!

  6. POSTED BY Grendel  |  December 09, 2009 @ 9:58 am

    My daughter is interested in ballet without ever having seen a real ballet so this is the perfect gift for her. If I don’t win it, I’ll buy it, because buying local is a mitzvah (good deed) in itself.

  7. POSTED BY Wayne Robbins  |  December 09, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    I’ve always really enjoyed the Nutcracker, it’s as much a part of the Holidays as anything else. I have a little neighbor who is just starting dance classes, and I’d love to present her with such a cool DVD.

  8. POSTED BY two4one  |  December 09, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    My parents took me to see the Nutcracker when I was a child, and I still remember the magic and the enchantment. Now my children are almost old enough to sit through an entire ballet and enjoy it. Maybe I can take them to see the Nutcracker next year!

  9. POSTED BY mj  |  December 09, 2009 @ 11:31 am

    I love the music of the Nutcracker. I listen to the score while driving around, running holiday errands.

  10. POSTED BY mamakim  |  December 09, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

    it is one big dance party at our house and my daughter is particularly fond of ballet, although she has never actually seen one. for halloween she dressed as “angelina ballerina dancing firefly”! dancing is the perfect expression at every age but oh so cute and uninhibited during the toddler/preschool years.

  11. POSTED BY Welshdragon  |  December 09, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    My crazy twin girls whip themselves into a frenzy with their crazy dance. watching this DVD might give them some “sensible” ideas instead of those CRAZY moves.

  12. POSTED BY EOMama  |  December 09, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

    The Nutcracker was the first ballet I ever saw live and I have loved it ever since. My girls would LOVE this DVD!

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