Dancing Princess Parties is excited to introduce our Fairy Tale Friday Featured Princess Post! This week is focused on Classic Belle! Our Classic Belle recently had a face lift! She now has a beautiful new upgraded dress and she cannot wait to Be a Guest at your next party! But before Belle stole our heart’s in Disney’s 1991 animated film, she graced the pages of story books…like the ones she loves to read.
Beauty and the Beast Before Disney
The original french fairy tale known as La Belle (the beauty) et la Bête (and the beast) was written in 1740 Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Her version was very long, so it was shortened and re-written in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
In the original plot Beauty’s father (as she was called) was a widower merchant who had six children, three boys and three girls. His daughters are very beautiful, especially the youngest, Beauty, is the loveliest, kindest and most pure of heart. Her sisters, however, are wicked, selfish, vain, and spoiled.
Beauty’s father was very rich, and they spent most of their life in a mansion. One day, however, he loses his wealth unexpectedly when a storm at sea sinks his fleet of ships; forcing him and his family to move and work on a farm.
Beauty’s father learns that one of his ships survived the storm and he is eager to regain some of his trade. As he leaves on his mission he inquires of his children what gifts he should bring home. His sons ask for weaponry and horses to hunt with, and his oldest daughters ask for the richest and finest clothing and jewels. Beauty asks simply for a rose, since they do not grow where they live.
Beauty’s father heads off to the ship only to discover that the ship’s cargo has been seized in exchange for his debts. He realizes that he is without any wealth and will not be able to fulfill the wishes of his children.
Distraught, Beauty’s father becomes lost during a storm while on his way home. He stumbles across a large palace and seeks shelter. He finds a lavish interior complete with a dining room and a lavish dinner set out. He eats and decides to spend the night. The next morning, feeling refreshed, he begins his journey home when he discovers a beautiful rose garden. He decides to pick that largest and prettiest rose fit for Beauty. As soon as he picks the rose he is suddenly face to face with a hideous “Beast”. The beast tells him the rose is his most precious possession. How dare he pick it after the Beast’s hospitality. The only punishment is death.
Beauty’s father explains why he picked the rose and begs the beast to be allowed to give the gift to his daughter. Upon hearing this, the beast agrees to let Beauty’s father go in exchange for one of his daughters in his place. Unwillingly Beauty’s father agrees with this bargain. The Beast also gives Beauty’s father the gifts for the rest of his sons and daughters and sends him on his way.
When he returns home, he informs his children of the deal with the Beast. After much debate, Beauty agrees to go to the castle. The Beast welcomes her and informs her that she is now mistress of the castle, and he is her servant. He provides Beauty with the finest gifts, food and hospitality. Beauty and the Beast build a friendship which results in the Beast asking her to marry him every night, but every night she refuses as she only sees him as a friend. Each night after refusing the Beast’s proposal Beauty dreams of a handsome prince who asks her why she will not marry the Beast. She is convinced the Beast has the Prince as a prisoner. She searches the castle for the Prince but cannot find him.
Beauty begins to grow homesick after several months in the castle. She asks Beast if she can go home to visit her family. He allows Beauty to leave on the condition that she returns exactly a week later. The Beast gives Beauty an enchanted mirror and ring. The mirror allows her to see what is going on back at the Beast’s castle, and the ring allows her to return to the castle in an instant when turned three times around her finger.
Beauty returns home. Her older sisters become jealous to see her well fed and wearing extravagant dresses. Beauty offers to share with her sisters, but everything they touch turns into rags. As soon as Beauty takes the gifts back they are restored. That is because the Beast intended them for Beauty alone. The sisters are so jealous, they decide to trick Beauty into staying longer than the week that she promised the Beast. They hoped he would be so angry that he would eat her when she returned. Beauty agreed to stay. But soon, she begins to feel very guilty about breaking her promise. She uses the mirror to see the Beast. She is shocked and dismayed to discover the Beast, nearly dead, from a broken heart. She leaves immediately to return back to the castle.
Beauty finds the Beast and begins sobbing. She is sorry she broke her promise. She lets the Beast know how much she loves him. When her tears touch him, he suddenly transforms into the Prince that Beauty had dreamed about. Beauty asks how this is possible. The Princess explains about a fairy that had visited him long ago. He refused to give her shelter from the rain and as a curse for his heart. The fairy turned him into a Beast until he could find true love, and only then would the spell be broken. The Prince and Beauty are married and they live happily ever after together.
There you have it! The Disney favorite stuck very close to the original story, but added some magical, amusing and enchanted characters along the way. There were no singing Tea Pots or Tale as Old as Times in the original, but we can certainly understand why this Fairy Tale has touched the hearts of so many. Check back soon when for our Beauty and the Beast Onstage Blog where we will take behind the scenes of the live action entertainment of Ballet and Broadway!
So you want to throw a Pinterest worthy Ballerina-Themed party for your perfect little Princess Ballerina? Dancing Princess Parties has you covered! We can provide some tips, tricks and thoughts to help you throw the best Ballerina-Themed birthday party in town…a party that will have your fellow mommas calling YOU to help them plan their next birthday party bash! We know, because we’ve thrown our fair share of Ballerina parties…being DANCING Princesses. Our favorite? Sophia’s Ballerina Birthday Extravaganza!
Meet Sophia, the little ballerina that stole our hearts on her fourth birthday. A little princess who loves ballet, everything pink and tutus! We are so excited to take you into her birthday party and share with you some tips on throwing a Ballerina Bash that will have your fellow moms begging for deets and feeling inspired…and get those “Pin It” buttons ready…we have lots of Pinterest worthy tips just for YOU!
Do I have to have a Ballerina Themed Birthday Party at a Dance Studio?
No! Sophia is here to show you, that you can have a Ballerina Party ANYWHERE! In fact, we traveled to Sophia’s home and threw the party right in her living and dining room! Our first tip is to find a local birthday party or event planner that is MOBILE…meaning they bring their parties to YOU! Dancing Princess Parties is a mobile traveling entertainment Company in Denver, Colorado- hit up your Google Local Search to find a mobile birthday party company near you!
Do I need to plan any of the games? I’m not a Dance Teacher!
Hopefully, your town has a dance program or birthday party planner that has trained Party Hosts with dance training! Sometimes they may even have characters, like our Ballerina Princess, that you can add on to make your birthday party even more magical! That’s what we do here at Dancing Princess
Parties! You should find a Party Company that employs or contracts hosts and hostesses with training in dance, acting and voice! This way you can be sure that your birthday party can run smoothly and without a lot of stress or planning on your part! How can you choose the best Birthday Party company in town for your Ballerina Party? Here are some questions you can ask before booking:
- What kind of training do your party hosts in musical theater, dance and voice training?
- Are your teachers background checked/fingerprinted?
- How do you train your hosts to ensure they can lead an hour long party?
- Are your teachers trained in classroom management and childhood development? What kind of training do they have?
- What will I need to provide your staff for a successful party?
If the Birthday Party Event Company can’t answer these questions, or they inform you that you need to provide a lot of the materials to make your party happen, our recommendation is to STEER CLEAR and find a provider that makes YOUR job easier! The last thing you want as a busy mom is to spend another $100 on materials to give to a party host that will only be used once! You also want to be sure you can sit back, relax and watch the guests at your party enjoy a ballet class taught by a trained professional! Be sure to ask the question about classroom management…a trained ballerina is NOT automatically equipped to manage a party of 15-20 kids! Now that you know how to pre-screen your birthday party event planner before booking, let’s explore Sophia’s Ballerina Themed Birthday Party by Dancing Princess Parties! We hope you enjoy these ideas and use them to throw your next Ballerina Birthday Ball!
Tips for an at home Ballet Party!
Yes, we know what you’re thinking, my home isn’t a dance studio! How is a teacher supposed to come into my living room and teach a ballet class? Sophia’s home was also not a ballet studio, but it worked! Here are a few tips from our dance teachers here at Dancing Princess Parties to make your at-home ballet party work for you!
Find the best room!
The first step, is to determine which room will work best for your party! Pick the room with the most open space, the least furniture and a floor that will be easy to dance on. We suggest a carpet or hardwood floor over concrete or tile…this way if a dancer slips and falls, they are less likely to get hurt!
Move the Furniture!
Make as much room to dance as possible by moving the furniture. Push it as far back against the walls as possible. We’ve even had some party moms move the furniture out of the room completely! Obviously this is not required!
Make sure that you remove distractions from the room! Don’t hold your ballet party in the play room with all the toys, kids will be distracted and won’t want to dance! Turn off tv’s and electronics and create a blank slate. Have cakes, presents, and other non-dance games/entertainment in a separate room.
Prep the Room!
Be sure your room has everything your Ballet Party host will need! including a wall outlet for a speaker, a table or counter to leave props, and water!
We love moms and dads watching the fun! Just be sure there is a separate area for observers so they aren’t in the way of the dancers!
All right, now that you know you CAN host a ballet party anywhere, let’s look inside Sophia’s in-home Princess Ballerina birthday party! These pictures showcase how a party in a small, home space can be arranged with a qualified dance educator who has extensive experience working with kids! Enjoy!
A Peek Inside a Princess Ballerina Birthday Party!
Dancing Princess Parties knows a thing or two about coordinating fun, fanciful, and fascinating birthday party activities that are full of whimsy and wonderment. We’ve had quite a bit of practice in this area thanks to our annual Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camps that we host through our sister company Dance Exploration as part of their Summer Camp Programs. Our Fairy Tale Princess Camps run 5 days 3 hours a day, so there is A LOT of fun, magic and of course DANCING to be had! Each day we explore a different Princess story. Usually starting with Cinderella and ending with Frozen on the final day. We just finished our camps for the 2017 summer and our activities and ideas are still fresh in our heads therefore we wanted to share some of our favorites with you over the course of the next few months! For this post, we are starting with one of our favorite games from our Little Mermaid day!
Little Mermaid Treasure Chest
Our Princess Campers LOVED the Little Mermaid’s Treasure Chest game, as you can tell from this photo, and we are here to tell you that there is not much that is required to make this game happen! In fact, we bet you can gather all the props and materials for this game for $20 or less! The most expensive item is the treasure chest. We actually used a wicker picnic basket that we picked up at the Salvation Army. If you’d like some ideas on where to shop, we’ve attached some links below so you can quickly order your materials online!
What you will need for this game:
- Treasure Chest
- Fancy Toy Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, rings etc)
- Gold Coins
- Scarves (or anything to use to hide the treasure) – you will need enough for each party guest
How to Play:
At our Fairy Tale Princess Camps we had eight princesses in class. We hid gold coins under three scarves, which meant only three dancers found a treasure. You can choose to hide a limited number of coins to make the game harder, or you can hide coins/jewelry under every scarf so everyone is a winner! There is no wrong or right way to play to the game.
What you’ll want to do, either before your guests arrive, or when they are participating in another party activity, is hide the treasure under the scarves. Any treasure you don’t use, should be put in the treasure chest.
Since we are Dancing Princess Parties, and our Fairy Tale Princess Camps are Dance Camps, we have our campers perform ballet moves before they are allowed to pick a scarf. They perform a bourée walk (tip toe walk) with their hands above their head (like a princess crown). When they get to the scarf they have to perform an arabesque (like the dancer in the picture on the left).
Once they perform the moves, they can pick up the scarf to see if they found any gold treasure to add to the treasure chest. If they don’t find treasure, they wait for another turn. If they do find treasure, they bourée walk to the treasure chest and add the gold coins into the treasure chest.
After every child has had a turn, or all the treasure has been found, allow the kids to pick out a piece of the Little Mermaid’s Treasure to take home!
We should mention music, we usually play “Part of Your World” from the Broadway version of Disney’s Little Mermaid during this game, but really you can play any song from the Broadway Musical or Disney’s hit cartoon.
This game is so easy! We hope you include it at your next Little Mermaid themed party or event.
Enjoy the slideshow gallery below of all the pictures from our game of The Little Mermaid’s Treasure Chest taken from one of our Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camps this summer!