Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We Met BARBIE! Barbie & the Pink Shoes Movie Party!

All Smiles Waiting to Meet Barbie!
Thanks to Momstown Brampton and Mattel, I was invited with my daughter to attend the Barbie and the Pink Shoe DVD/Bluray party at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto!  My daughter has really fallen in love with Barbie films and we have most of them, so she was very excited to go!  She had also urged me to purchase the new dvd, but it isn't instore until today, February 26th.
Beautiful Ballet Tutus & Silky Pink Ballet Slippers Were on Display!
The event was really a beautiful one that was targeted toward little girls who aspire to be ballet dancers.  There were beautiful ballet dresses set up around the party room, and displays of pink, silky ballet slippers.  Canada's National Ballet School kept the girls "on their toes" by teaching them some lovely ballet moves.  You can see a video clip of the girls dancing with real ballerinas, below.

Ballet Circle
And there were pink treats set up for the girls, including pink lemonade, pink popcorn, and pink sparkly ballet slippers.  Actually, we were all tickled pink!

Pink Ballet Slipper Cookies & Pink Popcorn for the Girls!
The icing on the cake for my daughter was definitely meeting the "real" Barbie, who wore a fuchsia ballgown.    Beside her, there was a celebratory display of pink and lavender balloons.
My Daughter Meeting Barbie!
Of course, Barbie had her toys and books set up from the Barbie and the Pink shoes line!  My daughter wished aloud that we could buy the toys, but they were for display, not for sale!

Barbie and The Pink Shoes Movie, Toy & Book Line Up!
After all the excitement, it was time for the screening of Barbie and The Pink Shoes on Canada's National Ballet School's big screen.  There was so much anticipation in the room and the auditorium was full with excited little girls and their mothers.   

SYNOPSIS: Barbie and the Pink Shoes is about Kristyn, a talented young ballet dancer who lets her heart guide her dance moves.  Her ballet teacher is disappointed that Kristyn will not follow her dance steps, and tells her that she can do better.  As she thinks on her teacher's words, a caring adult gives Kristyn a pair of beautiful dark pink ballet shoes.  

Once Kristyn puts the ballet slippers on her feet, she and her friend Hailey are transported to a magical ballet world that is made up of the most famous ballets, such as Swan Lake, Giselle and The Snow Queen.  Kristyn and Hailey encounter big trouble along the way and have to work together to find a solution.  I won't spoil the fun, but Kristyn saves the day by following her heart--and interpreting the dance steps in her own way.  She then learns a valuable lesson about trying to be herself and not someone else.

My daughter really enjoyed the CGI-animated Barbie and the Pink Shoes movie and asked if she could see it again.  I also thought that it was nicely done, and always enjoy the "be yourself" and empowerment messages that Barbie movies encourage to young viewers. 

When the Swan Lake sequence first appeared in the film, I was wondering how it would be executed.  We own a copy of Barbie of Swan Lake that is simply delightful, so I was curious if there would be repetition.  Although there was a bit of overlap, the appearance of the secondary characters were altered, which made for a slightly different experience.  Adding The Snow Queen to Swan Lake definitely made it fresh!

At the end of the party, the girls were surprised and delighted to receive a copy of their own Barbie in The Pink Shoes Dance Instructional Video (DVD).  My daughter is excited to learn dance moves inspired by the movie!

Does your child enjoy Barbie movies?  Are you planning to pick up of Barbie and the Pink Shoes?

26 comments:

  1. wow - this sounds so exciting - I preordered the dvd walmart $14.97+ - should be arriving tomorrow - kids are super excited

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  2. What an amazing event! Your DD is beautiful! Yes we will have to see this movie! Thanks

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  3. What a great experience! How cool that you got to meet BARBIE! I can't wait for DD1 to get older and fall in love with Barbie! Momstown is a great company! I miss our Momstown group!

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  4. I love the ballet segment! I love ballet and spent a few years with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet taking classes as a young girl. My mom put my sister and I in it for the benefits it has on the posture. I can't wait to have twin girls and to take them media events like this. What a great time it looks like you all had.

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    1. Aww, you're going to have such a great time with your girls! I loved taking my daughter to the event...my only daughter out of 5 kids!

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  5. it's this that makes me miss when my only daughter was little. she was in Ballet, I loved this time of her life. now at almost 13, I can't get her into anything girlie at all. enjoy every moment.

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    1. Shash, she's also my only daughter. [Flashback] I always think of the baby girl outfits I used to dress her in. :)

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  6. That looks like a perfect day for a little girl.

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  7. I LOVE the dress on "Barbie" ... so pretty and SO Barbie!

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    1. Barbie really made a royal entrance and all the little girls were whispering, "There's Barbie!"

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  8. Oh this looks so fun! What a great experience for your daughter to enjoy. Barbie is much loved in our house too!

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  9. P.S. Your daughter is so cute...she definitely looks like you in the first picture, but then looks like your hubby in the second picture. How adorable!! :)

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    1. Brandi, thanks! It has only been recently that I have heard that my daughter looks like me. For all 5 kids I heard that they look like my hubby!

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  10. Oh my goodness! My daughter would freak if she saw this! She is all about Barbie and ballet right now! :) What a great post! Sweet photos too!

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  11. Oh man my heart lifted when I saw your beautiful girl next to the tutu. Sigh...I always wanted to be Barbie or a ballet dancer...one day perhaps...

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    1. Thanks Julie! The Director of the ballet school was there and she invited the public to join. :)

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  12. What a great article; the pictures add so much. It sounds like a wonderful day for little girls and a well planned event for the girls. I like that the Toronto Ballet School provided real ballerinas to help. I have not seen any of the Barbie movies but am very glad to hear of the inspirational "be yourself" and empowerment messages that you mention the Barbie movies encourage in their young viewers. Thank you for this terrific article on the Barbie & the Pink Shoes Movie Party. Also thank you for the Kelloggs giveaway.

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    1. MsAspy, thank you for your lovely comment!

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  13. wow! What a blast! How do you find these awesome events for your children? I'de love to take kaelyn to some of these awesome events.!

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  14. Wow! WHat a great time! Where do you find all these awesome events? My city just must not do as many things as yours.

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  15. Wow what a beauty she is, much of had an amazing day

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