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Prima Princessa's Ballet for Beginners

Featuring the School of American Ballet

Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow

Hardcover with Jacket | 8 x 9 | 80 Pages | All-Color
February 2010 | Imagine
Age Range: 6 and up
Carton Quantity: HC 30
ISBN 13: 978-1-936140-01-5

$14.95 (US)


Paperback with Flaps | 8 x 9 | 80 Pages | All-Color
September 2011 | Imagine
Carton Quantity: PB 48
ISBN 13: 978-1-936140-45-9

$7.95 (US)


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 arrived 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 their costumes, 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!

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 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.

THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET (SAB), the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein. SAB, located at New York City's Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school.

PRIMA PRINCESSA has been a classical ballerina her entire life. She brings to the art of ballet an unmatched quality of magical elegance, both in her fairy dusting and hovering abilities. When not dancing onstage, she can be found fluttering around her garden, chatting with butterflies, and sipping nectar tea with the hummingbirds. She has recently embarked on a successful movie career, which includes staring roles in Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake and Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker.