***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED***
and she has been notified directly of her win, many congratulations!
Missy is a dancing queen at the moment, every dressing up item she favours these days seems to be a voluminous and sparkly affair that she refers to as a "strictly coming dancing" outfit so when I was asked to review the Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker DVD I knew it would be right up her street.
The DVD features excerpts from the Birmingham Royal Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, which is pared down with simple explanations of the story that my then 2 year old could follow no problem. I can't imagine her sitting through an entire performance but this was just enough to hold her attention and ignite a spark of interest in the dancing.
This is an American DVD that has been remastered for the UK, which pleased me greatly as there are hardly any American accents to be heard, something I'm finding it increasingly difficult to avoid with our regular TV and DVD viewing.
An animated fairy (Prima Princessa) guides you through the performance and through some simple ballet steps, which Missy loved. Each step is repeated a couple of times which saved my rewind trigger finger plus I think children find repetition an aid to learning. Missy found the way that some of the steps are reiterated by animals in nature hilarious, our particular favourite is the deer doing his Passe!
There are some lovely sequences of the ballet along with the instantly recognisable classical music by Tchaikovsky and Missy danced her little socks off,
although she drew the line at joining in with the male dancers "I don't do man dancing" she told me. Thirty minutes into the DVD she was pooped
but still continued to watch the remaining thirty minutes intently.
We've watched several times in the couple of weeks we've had it and each time Missy insists on dressing up like a ballerina and even requested some ballet shoes for her 3rd birthday last week.
Not to be outdone Mr Right and I have even been swayed, we'd quite like to go and see The Nutcracker for real.
This festive DVD would make an ideal Christmas present for the little ballerina wannabe in your life and is available from Amazon here or, if you'd prefer, the lovely people at Prima Princessa are putting a copy up for grabs, all you have to do to be in with a shout of winning it is be a UK resident and leave a comment on this post telling me which celebrity you'd like to see win this year's Strictly Come Dancing along with a way of contacting you.
This giveaway closes at 8pm on Tuesday 27 November, winner will be chosen at random and the prize will sent out directly by Prima Princessa.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the DVD for review purposes.