Isabelle Palmer, ballet dancer, is the new American Girl of the year for 2014. It was awesome to see scenes from The Nutcracker performed in the store by kids from Ballet Chicago for Isabelle's launch party. They also demonstrated common ballet steps for the crowd.
ChiIL Mama caught it all in HD. Videos of the Nutcracker dancers are coming soon, so check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL ...early and often.
Sage welcomes Isabelle
We're excited for the new girl of the year, since my daughter Sage currently takes ballet with her whole gymnastics team, to add grace, strength and flow to their competitive gymnastics routines. She even has an Isabelle in her ballet class. We're still hopeful that an AG Isabelle doll is headed our way so we can take her to ballet class with the Chicago Comets and do a photo filled review.
In the mean time, enjoy our photos from American Girl Place Chicago and we'll keep you posted about upcoming events and giveaways.
**ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Tip For Skipping Long AG Lines:
The waits to check out were ginormous during Isabelle's launch party. We spent a very reasonable $10 for a custom doll tee (I love gymnastics) and they rung up all of our purchases right in the tee shirt shop--no line/no wait!! It saved us a TON of time.
We also dig the stylin' American Girl Doll Salon. They work some serious magic.
We're also jazzed the new girl of the year is a ballet dancer because ChiIL Mama has been covering the Joffrey Ballet for years, and every holiday season they present the #1 Nutcracker production in the nation! Several years ago, we were invited to shoot final dress rehearsal of The Joffrey Nutcracker, and interview the young, Chicago girls lucky enough to be in the production. Those videos are still some of our most popular of all time, on our ChiIL Mama YouTube Channel. Check them out below.
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