Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - Dora's Ballet Adventures

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DVD Review - Dora's Ballet Adventures

About the DVD

Dora is getting ready for her big dance show in Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ballet Adventures, a compilation containing four of Dora’s dancing episodes.  Help Dora as she moves and grooves to her way to Dance School to find her ballet slippers before her recital begins.  Later, Dora and Boots lead a musical parade, have a fun-filled fiesta and celebrate Boots’ birthday! 

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ballet Adventures Episode Synopses:

Dora’s Ballet Adventure

Dora’s dance class is getting ready for a special dance recital and her whole family’s there to watch her perform. They just need to wait for the Delivery Duck to deliver their ballet slippers. But the Delivery Duck brings scuba flippers instead of ballet slippers! Dora and Boots must get the slippers before the recital begins.

Dora, La Músico

C’mon and join the musical parade! Dora and Boots are leading a parranda over the Piano Bridge and through the Singing Gate to free the instruments that were locked up by the evil Señor Shhh!

The Super Silly Fiesta

Dora and Boots are invited to the Big Red Chicken’s Super Silly Fiesta where there will be silly snacks, silly games, silly hats and even silly dancing. But, the Big Red Chicken lost his party cake! Dora and Boots set off to save the fiesta. After searching forever, they find the cake in the silliest place Big Red Chicken could have left it – on his head!


It’s Boots’ birthday! Dora tells him that all of his friends are waiting at her house to give Boots a big party. To reach Dora’s house, they’ll have to climb a long flight of Stairs and cross the Troll Bridge.

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora (Caitlin Sanchez). Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do everyday, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

In every episode, Dora and Boots (Regan Mizrahi) invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a “We Did It!” anthem.

My Take on the DVD
As a father of girls I have to say that Dora is a household family member. She enters out home via the television and DVD player and she encourages my girls to value their friendships, culture and may other important things. I have been impressed over the years at the message that they show and in this DVD, I continue to be impressed.

This movie opens the door for kids to dream and to allow them tos ee the possibilities in front of them. While not everyone is going to be a Ballerina, this DVD gives kids a chance to believe in the things that they want to achieve and it encourages them to do so (just like Dora).

All-in-all, this was a great DVD and one that I would encourage for any Dora fan!

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