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
Length 3:36
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Love Will Conquer All"
"Ballerina Girl"
"Se La"
"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 is 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 charts. "Ballerina Girl" spent four weeks at number one and went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 [2] in early 1987.

The song was reportedly written for Lionel's adoptive daughter, Nicole.[3]

Music video[edit]

In the music video Richie plays the song on a piano in a ballet school, while young ballet students dance.[4]

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
South Africa (Springbok SA Top 20) 24

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. ^ "Nicole Richie". People. Five Fun Facts. 
  4. ^ 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