Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps

Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps

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Inspired by the award-winning children’s book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, the new Angelina Ballerina™ The Next Steps follows the now 8-year-old Angelina as she embarks on the next stage in her life at a new school where she experiences new forms of music and dance. The series sees Angelina living on the other side of Chipping Cheddar, attending Camembert Academy, a school for the Performing Arts, and making friends with a cast of characters including her new dance teacher, Ms. Mimi. It captures both the joys and frustrations of growing up.For 'real life' is not a perfect ballet, and the steps are often confusing.

Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps celebrates music and brings to life many forms of dance for Angelina including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, classical and ethnic. As an 8-year-old ballerina, her life revolves around dancing and performance, family, friendship and following her dreams.

Angelina always works hard to reach her goals and learns from her mistakes. As young children share in Angelina’s experiences, they’re inspired to go after their big dreams too!

Making friends and being a friend are not easy tasks for all children. Even preschoolers need opportunities to play with children their own age in order to learn how to make friends, how to cooperate and how to get along with others.

The goals of this program are to model appropriate social behaviors, learn routines and show children the benefits of movement. Like Angelina, children can:

  • Learn about fitness and nutrition
  • Learn to be a healthy dancer
  • Learn different styles of music
  • Creatively express themselves and learn new ways to move their body (plié-ing, pirouetting, jeté-ing, etc..,)
  • Learn that they can make friends and practice being a friend
  • Know that it takes time to discover likes and interests of new friends
  • Practice social skills-good manners, cooperation, taking turns, being kind
  • Know that there are many things friends can do together-help each other, play, share, talk, listen and work
  • Recognize and appreciate the diversity of their friends
  • Explore new surroundings
  • Address fears and emotions
  • Learn to accept and appreciate adult guidance
  • Learn from older peers
  • Learn to set goals and dream “Big”
  • Learn that everyone is good at something
  • Learn that each person is special in their own way
  • Learn routines at home and school


Read, View, Do Activity

Read:  Angelina Ballerina by Helen Craig or The Adventures of the Itty Bitty Spider and the Itty Bitty Mouse by Kimberly P. Johnson

Do: Dance to music with scarves.

View: Angelina Ballerina’s episode: Super Polly

Workshops with classroom resources are available for teachers.  All workshops are linked to national standards and local standards. This workshop equates to 2 CHC or .2 CEU. All teachers seeking CEU credit for this and any other UNC-TV workshop must have this pre-approved by their district.

PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.