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by Ruby Lane

Do you remember Dancerina?
Do you remember Dancerina?

Many children dream of the ballet with its wonderful stories, graceful movement, and captivating music.  Dolls and ballet just seem to go together, but when the doll can actually dance, like Dancerina could, doll alchemy is afoot.

Many children dream of the ballet with its wonderful stories, graceful movement, and captivating music.  Dolls and ballet just seem to go together, but when the doll can actually dance, like Dancerina could, doll alchemy is afoot.
Photo via Retro Thrifter

Photo via Retro Thrifter

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.

Another version, 18 inch Dancerella, soon followed.  Dancerella came in an African American version, too.  This doll had a white tutu and dark hair.  She appeared in 1978, but was marked 1972 on the back of her head.  Baby Dancerina, 11 inches, had a blue tutu.  She debuted in 1969.

Photo via Africa Imarogbe's blog

Photo via Africa Imarogbe’s blog

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.

Did you have a Dancerina or Dancerella doll? Share this blog if you did!

Share if you had a Dancerina!

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