Angelina is not happy about all the changes in her daily routine now that her family has moved to the other side of Chipping Cheddar. Her plan to drop out of her new school is thwarted after she receives a special gift from her new teacher, Ms. Mimi, giving her the confidence and making her excited to embark on her new adventures at Camembert Academy for the Performing Arts.
Angelina is excited, yet nervous, about her first day of school at Camembert Academy. When she finds her new classmates proficient in other styles of dance, she tries to copy their moves – without success. Angelina soon discovers that when she’s true to her own style of dance – ballet – she excels, and soon understands that everyone is different, and different is good.
The day for Angelina to meet her new ballet teacher, Ms. Mimi, has finally arrived. However, Ms. Mimi’s teaching style is very different than that of Angelina’s former teacher and mentor, Miss Lilly. Loyal to Miss Lilly, the disappointed Angelina resists Ms. Mimi’s lessons. In the end, Angelina discovers that there’s more than one way of teaching things, and there’s more than one way to learn.
Angelina is ecstatic to have the opportunity to dance with her best friend, Alice, at Camembert Academy’s Dance-with-a-Partner Day. She knows Alice will follow her choreography to a “T.” Unfortunately, Alice gets the sniffles. Angelina has to balance wanting to perform to her own choreography with Vici’s urge to improvise when the two decide to partner up in Alice’s absence.
It’s Ms. Mimi’s birthday, and Angelina wants to give her the best birthday ever! As Angelina and her classmates check the list of items needed for a party, everything goes comically wrong; they can’t even buy a decent gift for their beloved teacher! Ms. Mimi is definitely surprised by the makeshift party her students throw for her, and is even more delighted by the song and dance they improvise on a whim, which ends up being the best gift of all.
Angelina loves her new Camembert Academy friends and also loves her old friend Alice. She expects that both sets of friends will love each other too. Unfortunately, their first encounter is not as smooth as Angelina would have liked.
Angelina, Vici and Marco mistakenly think Ms. Mimi is getting married. In fact, the original communiqué should have been that Ms. Mimi was going to get a canary. They go to great lengths to make her wedding day special, learning about weddings in the process. In the end, they realize they made a big mistake, but it’s okay. Everyone makes mistakes.
Angelina and her friends are so noisy and messy during lunch that Ms. Mimi has to shut down the Lunchbox Theatre, right before the big Spring Talent Show. When Angelina lets students rehearse in her attic instead, she learns the importance of respecting others first hand.
It’s time for Chipping Cheddar’s annual Cheese Day, and Angelina’s class will give a presentation about the town’s cheese-related history – in front of everyone in Chipping Cheddar! As Ms. Mimi teaches her students about the town’s fascinating history, Angelina worries that there’s just too much to remember for the presentation. When Angelina learns about the role opera played in her town’s past, she discovers that singing the town’s history makes it easier to remember, and she and her classmates perform the presentation as an opera – making it extra special!
Ms. Mimi’s class of mouselings plans to put on a production of “Peter and the Wolf.” In it, each character is identified by a musical riff played on a student’s favorite instrument. When Ms. Mimi comes to rehearsal with laryngitis, she uses these musical riffs to communicate with the mouselings. Vici tries it herself and attempts to communicate by using a recorder and no words. She ends up showing everyone that friends don’t always need words to talk to each other.
When Angelina and Polly accidentally break their dad’s fiddle, they come up with elaborate excuses to get out of trouble. In the end, the girls learn to tell the truth and also redeem themselves by helping to pay for the fiddle repairs.
Angelina and her friends are putting on a show, and they each have a specific job to do. Vici’s the Choreographer, Marco’s the Set Designer, Alice is the Stage Manager, Gracie’s on Props and Angelina is the Soloist! Despite Angelina’s thoughts that everyone should be interested in what SHE thinks, she learns that teamwork – and actually listening to each other – makes for the perfect show!
Angelina has a recital coming up with her class at Camembert and wants Alice to attend as her special guest – but Alice has an ice skating event at the ice rink on the very same night, and she wants Angelina to come to her performance as her special guest! They struggle with the dilemma, and ultimately, find a way to rush back and forth between the two events. It’s exhausting, but worth it!
When Angelina learns the Mousnikov Ballet is holding auditions for their next show, she does whatever she can to try out; however, her young joints and muscles can’t hold her up en Pointe. She doesn’t let anything stop her as she continues to practice until she can no longer stand. Simultaneously, Marco is trying a new String Bass, but accidentally practices on a full-sized instrument instead of one that fits his size. They both learn that despite their efforts, they’ll have to wait to grow up before reaching new heights in their crafts.
Angelina and Alice are getting ready for the big ice show – which Angelina will star in the show’s opening solo! As they rush out of the house, Mum and Polly bring out their forgotten ice skates and lunches. At the park, Angelina insists on practicing her land-based axels, and the mouselings forget their lunches on a bench for some birds to enjoy. After snacking on smoothies at Mrs. Thimble’s store, Angelina is in a bind when the ice skating show is set to begin and she realizes that she lost her skates – leaving her solo in jeopardy!
When Angelina finds a Valentine’s card from a secret admirer left at her door step, she and Polly encounter one friend after the other as they try to solve the mystery of who sent the card. At the end, they are in for a pleasant surprise to find that Ms. Mimi, the culprit, gave cards to all the Camembert Mouselings. They repay her with a Valentine’s dance of their own.
Angelina is excited to perform “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” at the holiday showcase. She also can’t wait for the holiday party afterwards. But in between final rehearsal and the performance, she and Marco overindulge in candy canes at Mrs. Thimble’s Store, and sample a few too many slices of Mum’s fruitcake...and soon feel awful with stomachaches. They should have followed A.Z.’s example, eating healthy snacks before the performance. While dancing in the holiday showcase, Angelina and Marco struggle because of their stomachaches and are unable to enjoy the holiday party at all!
In her excitement, Angelina invites two friends, Alice and Vici, to see “The Nutcracker.” But there’s one problem: her Mum only bought one extra ticket for her to invite only one of her friends. In an effort to make things right and not hurt either of her friend’s feelings, she lets both of them go and misses the show herself – or, at least that’s what she thinks is going to happen...
There’s a new Hip Hop dancing mouseling at Camembert Academy: A.Z. The girls find him interesting, especially since he knows how to do Hip Hop, but they definitely do not want him as a ballet partner. It’s not until Angelina is reluctantly paired up with A.Z. that she learns you can’t judge a book by its cover. Not only does he know Hip Hop, but A.Z. is pretty good at ballet too!
All of Angelina’s friends are vying for her attention: Gracie wants her to look at her fashion book, Alice wants her to play with their magic wand, Marco wants to practice their poem for reading class, and Vici wants to talk to her about the Tap Dance Concert they’re going to see. In ballet class, they all want to partner up with her, and lunch ends up being a challenge to include everyone at the table! When she ends up hurting Gracie’s feelings, Angelina realizes that by including everyone in everything, she can be a good friend to all.
Mr. Mouseling’s hobby as a photojournalist for the Mouseland Herald has brought him to Camembert Academy, with his daughter at his side as his assistant. Gracie’s enthusiasm gets the best of her, and she constantly interrupts the father/daughter team in hopes of becoming featured in the story! The frustrated Angelina comes up with a great idea to curtail her friend’s energy: to get Gracie involved behind the scenes! Although Gracie doesn’t wind up starring in the photos, she and Angelina are both thrilled to see their names in print credited as additional photographers!
Angelina and her friends need to figure out what kind of music will be played for the Spring Fling Finale performance. The mouselings can’t choose between Flamenco, Hip Hop, Classical and Jazz. Ms. Mimi, who still feels like there’s something missing in her set design, gives her students a short deadline to make their music choice. Angelina has the added responsibility of reviving a dying plant as one of her school projects. With a little help from Mum, she realizes that taking care of living things, and indirectly, listening to all of her friends, takes a lot of care and work. Angelina helps decide the perfect music for the Finale (an ensemble piece of all the different styles of music), and gives Ms. Mimi the missing piece to her set design (the growing plant that reacts to Angelina’s nurturing and everyone’s beautiful music pieces).
Polly adores a book about a normal mouseling girl who gets superhero powers when she hears a trumpet fanfare. Polly starts to think maybe she has super powers too! She gets a fanfare recording from her father, but after some humorous testing, it’s clear Polly has no superpowers at all. Angelina says everyone is super at something, and with Vici and Marco’s help, she has Polly try a variety of things to see what she’s super at. It turns out Polly’s a super singer! Angelina was right, everyone is super at something.
Angelina, Vici and Gracie need to get ready for a big day. The night before, they end up having a slew of mishaps that keep them awake almost all night long. The next day, Angelina and her friends have to choose between going to the annual Silly Hat Carnival, a tradition in Mouseland, or rehearse for a very important performance. They make the ultimate sacrifice for their dance and miss the Carnival.
Angelina wants to celebrate the opening of her dad’s new music store with a splashy party and a musical demonstration. She enlists her musician friends to play some of the instruments that will be sold in the store. The trouble is Mrs. Thimble, whose store is directly across the street, doesn’t appreciate the loud music, which interferes with her daily nap. Angelina has to find a way to keep the party going without disturbing Mrs. Thimble. She finally comes up with a solution: using the instruments to play a soothing lullaby to help Mrs. Thimble fall asleep – solving two problems at once!
At the Chipping Cheddar Music Day Picnic, Angelina finds her friends rehearsing in a band for a school project. They invite her to join in, as a tambourine player. She’s so excited and sees celebrity status in her future until she finds out that she only gets to hit the tambourine once during the entire song. Her enthusiasm wanes, and she becomes an unreliable band player. Besides, it’s only one little moment, how bad can it be if she doesn’t perform it correctly? It’s not until after the band politely kicks her out that she understands that even missing one tiny element can spoil the entire performance.
When Ms. Mimi gives an assignment for the class to create a dance routine inspired by nature, Polly’s antics disrupt Angelina’s creative workshop with her friends. They try to escape to the park to find further inspiration, but Polly tags along and causes further disruption. Everyone is amused by her hilarious, childlike interpretations except Angelina. But her annoyance soon turns to fear when Polly goes missing. To her relief, Polly is found safe. Angelina finally appreciates her little sister when she realizes she has discovered the perfect inspiration for their grand finale.
Ms. Mimi organizes her students into groups of four, asking them to work together and devise a dance by the end of the day. Angelina, Vici, Gracie and AZ begin the task, but after a very short while, AZ and Gracie disagree about what style of dance they should perform. With Vici and Angelina stuck in the middle of their arguing, it’s up to Angelina to use a traditional folk dance to bring harmony to the proceedings.
Angelina tries to organize her friends into a parade, but they end up being mismatched and disorganized. She wants the parade to be a surprise for Ms. Mimi and is disheartened by the possibility of it failing. With some sage advice from her unknowing teacher, Angelina learns to give signals, her friends learn to listen to them...and the parade is a huge success!
Vici puts together a “Dance Like a Cake” Day in which her friends must bring a cake or sweet associated with a dance. AZ plans an upside down dance and plans to bring a Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Vici plans to bring Lemon Twist Bars so she can dance the Twist, Alice is set on pancakes and performs a gymnastic dance with flips, Angelina wants to do a Hansel and Gretel dance and will bring a gingerbread house and Marco is going to learn how to play the castanets. When Angelina’s cake ends in disaster thanks to Polly’s help, she doesn’t know what to do. Angelina asks each friend if she can join them, but each dance presents a problem for her. When she returns home, she gets an idea! With help from Marco and Ms. Mimi, she’s able to present the Flamenco with orange and oat cookies – and the party is a hit!
Angelina opens her very own pretend ballet school in the attic and enlists Polly as her first (and only) pupil. Very enthusiastic and dedicated, Angelina teaches her sister the five ballet positions, which are the building blocks for all ballet moves. Polly, however, is hard to wrangle, causing Angelina to behave strictly to enforce what she’s teaching. This backfires, and Polly quits. At first, Angelina blames Polly for not working hard enough, but Ms. Mimi ultimately helps Angelina realize that being a good teacher means working hard and also making things fun and knowing when to take a break!
Angelina’s heart is set on being the Prima Ballerina of “Once Upon a Pillow” as the character of “Fairy Fern.” When Angelina learns that her character is the victim of a magic spell and spends most of the performance sleeping, she tries to convince Ms. Mimi that she cast the wrong dancer. Ms. Mimi promises that if she stays for one rehearsal and still doesn’t want to be the “Fairy Fern,” she’ll make her a “firefly” instead. However, Angelina is given a great surprise at the end of the performance and dances the grand finale.
When Ms. Mimi introduces the class to a new drum kit, Angelina behaves over- exuberantly and is mortified by Ms. Mimi’s gentle admonishment. In her efforts to regain Ms. Mimi’s favor, she upsets her friends by missing important rehearsals before eventually realizing that she has been overreacting in the first place.
When Marco is chosen to run in The Chipping Cheddar Mouse Marathon nobody is more delighted than Angelina. But her over-enthusiastic support (which includes forming a cheerleading team), makes Marco so nervous that instead of running in the race, he ends up running away from all the fuss and attention.
Vici has arrived back from holiday in Tippermousy, Ireland, with some Irish music. She’s keen to teach her friends how to dance the way the Tippermousy mouselings do. But when Angelina overbalances while trying out the tricky steps of the Irish Jig, she breaks the music player, and in turn, loses the music. To make amends, she decides to organize a surprise Irish party for Vici, but Vici thinks Angelina is organizing a whispering campaign behind her back...
Vici is really enjoying reading her favorite detective story. When Marco’s sheet music goes missing, she uses all the detective skills she’s learned from reading the book to help Marco and Angelina find it.
Angelina is very excited to be directing her very first Hip Hop Show when suddenly her star, A.Z., falls and hurts his foot! Who can step into his shoes at the last minute? Marco is the number one choice. However, though he can play Hip Hop music, dancing Hip Hop is another thing. The show is in danger of not going on... unless Angelina can come up with a solution in time!
Angelina and Alice have been given the task of designing the Giant prop for “Jackie and the Beanstalk”. Angelina gets a bit carried away trying to make the biggest and best prop ever. Subsequently her plans and the Giant come crashing to the ground! When she clears up the mess, she stumbles upon a much simpler and more effective way of making a big impact, learning that it’s best to keep things simple!
November 28, 2009 12:00 am
When the mouselings are directed to give a report to their class about their hero, Alice expresses her fascination with Anna Mousikova, the famous Russian gymnast. Alice adopts Anna Mousikova’s culture and rigorous practice schedule to emulate her famous hero. Through her endeavor of becoming more like Anna Mousikova, Alice loses a lot of herself and ends up not having too much fun. At the end, she realizes that she can appreciate Anna Mousikova without sacrificing herself.
While learning all about jazz dance, improvisation and poetry, Angelina and her friends get an opportunity to show everyone what they’ve learned. Alice is nervous about getting up in front of the group and gets “tummy butterflies.” Angelina helps her best friend Alice through her troubles and in the end, Alice performs perfectly!
December 5, 2009 12:00 am
Gracie has trouble creating an original dance