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Film / Bella Dancerella

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With this they couldn't possibly reject my application to Opéra National de Paris!

"Right foot, left foot / stretch, return / what an easy way to learn"

Bella Dancerella is a set of toys released by Spin Master Ltd that teach children ages 5 - 7 the (very) basic moves of ballet. The first set included a DVD, a ballet bar, and a mat showing the foot positions. A second set, Swan Lake, had the same equipment but a different DVD. Additional toys and videos followed.

The first Bella Dancerella DVD: "Let's Dance"

  • Chroma Key: Used extensively.
  • Crossdresser: Bella tells the girls that when ballet began, "all the dancers - even the ones in skirts - were men." All of them giggle, Bella included.
  • Clarke's Law for Girls' Toys: Bella uses magic to make the equipment appear and to change costumes.
  • Dedication: "For Paul" at the beginning of the end credits.
  • Double Standard: Bella tells the girls to always be respectful of other dancers. This is after she has a good laugh about men in skirts dancing.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: When Bella uses her "magic".
  • Funny Animal: Maxie Monkey "My cheeky little friend" puppet.
  • Merchandise-Driven: the videos are fun, and it does teach the simple steps - but it's really just there to hock the toys.
  • Non-Action Snarker: Maxie.
    "Teaching the Teds to dance is like teaching rocks to swim!"
  • Only One Name: No one in the credits, neither actress nor crew, is listed by anything other than their first name.
  • Stage Names: Bella Dancerella - Aussie Gabriella Toniolo.
  • Take Our Word for It: Bella explains that the five ballet steps and explains that each of the other dances on the DVD just use combinations of those steps - but when you see those dances, the dancers aren't using any of those steps during the very rare times we actually see their feet.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Toniolo occasionally slips into her natural Australian scent in the later videos.
  • The Unintelligible: The giant teddy bears called "The Teds". They whisper silently to each other, but Bella can hear and understand them from twenty feet away.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Given the target audience are young, but you don't need to put a flashing "REPLAY" on the screen to let them know you're showing them again.