After putting on a new pair of pink ballet shoes, aspiring dancer Kristyn is magically transported to a fantasy land where she finds herself in the middle of two of the world's most famous ballets.
This is the 24th—yes, 24th!—movie in the popular animated Barbie series and it's likely to become a favorite among little ballerinas. Kristyn is passionate about her art, and preschoolers will get caught up in her joy and want to follow along as she dances her way through "Swan Lake" and "Giselle." Not since Dorothy's ruby red slippers have shoes made such a statement! For young viewers, the message about following your heart rather than someone else's moves is—like the talented dancers themselves—right on point.
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Very young viewers won't understand the whole story but are likely to be drawn in by the beautiful music, dancing and candy-colored sets. It's never too early to encourage an appreciation of ballet, and this is a great way to introduce children to two of the classics.
Preschoolers will be on their feet, dancing in their own inimitable way. They'll be awestruck by the fairy tale quality of the story and will be wide-eyed when Kristyn and her friend are turned into swans and must learn to fly. They'll find it especially empowering that Kristyn can still be successful even when she can't seem to follow the choreography. In the midst of all the classical music, young children will find it comforting to hear the familiar refrain of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" sung by a couple of the characters!
Older kids in this age group have probably outgrown Barbie, but because the movie features two iconic ballets, it will still be a treat for many of them. They may take to heart the advice Kristyn is given, to "dance like nobody's watching," and they may finally understand that striving to be perfect is not an achievable goal.