Ballerina Girl

"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, spending four weeks on top. "Ballerina Girl" peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 [2] in early 1987.

"Ballerina Girl"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing on the Ceiling
B-side"Deep River Woman"
ReleasedDecember 19, 1986
RecordedWinter 1985
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Producer(s)Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Love Will Conquer All"
"Ballerina Girl"
"Se La"

The song was written for Lionel's adopted daughter, Nicole.[3][4]

Music video

In the music video Richie plays the song on a piano in a ballet school, while young ballet students dance.[5]

Track listings

7" Single

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


Chart (1986/87) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 43
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
South Africa (Springbok SA Top 20) 24
Year-end chart (1987) Position
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[7] 95

Cover versions


  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. "Lionel Richie reflects on his life, career and new album". MSNBC on NBC News. Deborah Norville Tonight - May 10, 2004.
  4. "Nicole Richie". People. Five Fun Facts.
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  6. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 252. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. "1987 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 99 (52). December 26, 1987.

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