Ballerina Girl

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"Ballerina Girl"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing on the Ceiling
B-side Deep River Woman
Released December 19, 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded Winter 1985
Genre Soul, adult contemporary
Length 3:36
Label Motown
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Love Will Conquer All"
"Ballerina Girl" (1986) /
"Deep River Woman" (1987)
"Se La"

"Ballerina Girl" is a 1986 song written and recorded by Lionel Richie. The song was a track from Richie's Dancing on the Ceiling album. "Ballerina Girl" peaked at number five on the soul charts.[1] The song was also the last of Richie's eleven number ones on the Adult Contemporary. "Ballerina Girl" spent four weeks at number one and went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 [2] in early 1987.

Music video[edit]

In the treatment of the music videos playing Lionel Richie the song on a piano in a ballet school, ballet students dance while young.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

  1. "Ballerina Girl" 3:36
  2. "Deep River Woman" 4:35


Chart (1986/87) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
UK Singles Chart 17
German Singles Chart 66
French Singles Chart 18
Dutch Top 40 39
Australian Singles Chart 43

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 492. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 204. 
  3. ^ music Music video in

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Preceded by
"At This Moment" by Billy Vera and The Beaters
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
February 7, 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"You Got It All" by The Jets