Mattel’s Dancerina premiered in 1968 and stood 24 inches. She wore a hot pink tutu with hot pink tights and molded pink plastic ballet slippers. The original 23 inch doll had blonde hair and blue, painted eyes. She was battery operated and wore a pink plastic crown. When the center of the crown was pushed or pulled, she would dance, pirouette, even her toes. Dancerina came with her own record, but the record is hard to find today. Her box had graphics of the doll decorating it.
The popularity of The Nutcracker ballet each holiday season, and the fan base of movies like The Turning Point and White Nights have inspired new generations of ballet dancers and ballet lovers. With that popularity comes a renewed interest in ballerina dolls like Dancerina, Dancerella, and Baby Dancerina.
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