My kids dig the Prima Princessa ballet DVDs for children. I think they’re cool because two Montclair moms produced the videos–with local kids taking center stage (see ballerinas at left). In the DVDs, preschool children go on magical journeys of dance from a child’s viewpoint. Even my little boy pirouettes when he watches Prima Princessa.

The two DVDs, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, were only available online and at select stores last year. But this year, Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker is being broadcast nationally on public television. Catch the 40-minute video on:

NJN1, Friday, November 26 at 10 a.m.

NJN2, Sunday, November 28 at 9 a.m.

NJN1, Monday, Decmeber 20th at 5 p.m.

NJN2, Sunday, December 26th at 11 a.m.

The DVDs are also available at Target and Amazon.

The moms behind it all, Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller, are thrilled. They spiffed up their website to celebrate. They added videos like Christmas Freeze Dancing, interactive learning games and coloring pages. It’s pretty cool for an idea that was conceived during a playdate and implemented right here in our ‘hood. Mellow and Troeller plan to add Sleeping Beauty to their series next spring.