Take famous fairy tales - translate them into classical ballet, set them to well known classical music, add lots of video effects, stunning costumes attractive ballet dancers plus a story teller to keep you up with the action. Magic! The perfect introduction to classical ballet. They can be watched again and again!
DANCE TALES Story Ballets are made to be enjoyed by young and old. They are beautiful to look at and exciting to watch and feature colorful characters with really pretty princesses, handsome princes, animated peas, tea bags, assorted oysters, catchy tunes and attractive art work all brought together through the medium of dance.
DANCE TALES is a 'kidult' DVD series based on universal children's favorites
DANCE TALES STORY BALLET DVD 1 features the ever popular PRINCESS & THE PEA by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN and THE WALRUS & THE CARPENTER by LEWIS CARROLL.
DANCE TALES STORY BALLET DVD 2 features three stories, THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT BY LEWIS CARROLL, LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Perault, and the perfect Christmas gift,THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL by HANS ANDERSEN.
Originally produced for the theatre these ballets for children and parents proved so popular with school holiday audiences that producer Janette Heffernan translated her highly original concept for the video market.
Dance Tales Story Ballets are the perfect introduction to the delights of classical ballet, classical music and fairy tales and there is no chance of being lost in the story for the narrator is there to keep you in the picture.
Janette Heffernan producer, has a delightful sense of the ridiculous - animated tea bags and rhythmic gym loving green peas seem perfectly at home in her productions.
The musical director Carl Doye is well known for his Music by Candle Light CD which featured on the Oprah Show as one of her 'favorite things'and means each accompaniment is appropriate and the best for each occasion.
Philip Chatfield who choreographed The Princess and the Pea was a Principal Soloist with The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. Russell Kerr who choreographed The Walrus & The Carpenter is one of the foremost choreographers for The Royal New Zealand Ballet one several of whose dancers appear in the series.
First shown on TVNZ & BBC the program was a finalist for Best Edited Program at the LA Monitor Awards.