My little girl has started her first ballet classes and was so excited to learn the moves she sees in some of her favorite TV shows. I was a little apprehensive about letting her start ballet: Would she listen to the instructor? Would she enjoy it? What if she got hurt? Will my clumsy toddler be discouraged that she’s not as graceful as others? My fears were erased her first day of class when she came running out of her lesson with her pink tutu and precious white ballet shoes, prancing around as excited as can be. “Look what I learned today, Mommy” as she twirled around the room.
I’m not sure where this is going – if she will ever want to be a professional ballet dancer, or if this is something that she will enjoy for years to come. So instead of looming in my initial fears, I figured I would just “go with it” and see where it takes her. As long as she is enjoying ballet classes, I see no reason to stop. She loves anything ballet themed at this point, and when Barbie emerged as a ballerina, you can imagine the squeals of joy from my toddler!
Just last week, Barbie joined professional ballerina Jenelle Manzi of the New York City Ballet. Jenelle’s amazing skills are featured in Barbie’s latest DVD, “Barbie in the Pink Shoes.” Along with her dance moves, Jenelle also discusses how to become a ballerina, the benefits of dance on self-esteem, and the importance of family support.
About “Barbie in the Pink Shoes:”
Dance your way to a magical adventure with Barbie™ as Kristyn™, a ballerina with big dreams! When she tries on a pair of sparkling pink shoes, she and her best friend, Hailey™, are whisked away to a fantastical ballet world. There, Kristyn™ discovers she must dance in her favorite ballets in order to defeat an evil Snow Queen. With performances to the legendary Giselle and Swan Lake ballets, it’s a wonderful journey where if you dance with your heart, dreams come true!
About Jenelle Manzi:
Jenelle was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of four. In 1999, Ms. Manzi began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. While a student, Ms. Manzi originated a featured role in Christopher d’Amboise’s Tribute, as part of the SAB 2005 Annual Workshop. In December 2005, Ms. Manzi became an apprentice with NYCB, and in February 2006, she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.
Check out Jenelle as she answers some of my own questions:
You can win a copy of Barbie in the Pink Shoes DVD and a ballerina Barbie! Just fill out the form below: