Barbie inspires a new class of ballet dancers
By Jack Malvern, Arts Reporter, and Lewis Smith
LITTLE girls are once again clamouring for ballet shoes for Christmas as ballet schools recorded a 15 per cent rise in their youngest age groups. more...
Dance teachers report that a ballerina Barbie doll and related video, along with the Angelina Ballerina series of books, have inspired thousands of young girls to ask their parents for tuition. Dance schools say that the growing interest has reversed a steady decline over the past five years.