Sunday, September 9, 2012

Twinkle Toes

This weekend I went back to Roses and bought the ballerina doll whose face I admired last week.

I left her in the store the week before because I didn't like the molded on bodice. 

Today I opened the package right in the parking lot, however, and was so impressed with her moves that I went back and bought three more.  One of them has upgraded to a sturdier ballerina body that I bought at Kmart around 2005.  The other three will perform a pas de trois in one of my permanent dioramas. 

There are two buttons on either side of the doll's waist.  If you press lightly, she flutters her feet.  If you press more forcefully, she does a grand jete leap and she raises her arms over her head in a graceful port de bras.  This mechanical feat isn't very useful for doll photography because you have to keep your hand on the doll which spoils the illusion of independent motion.  Still the doll has a very convincing presence as a ballerina, despite the fact that she has no turn out.

I was on my way to my brother's house when I detoured to buy Miss Twinkle Toes.  I brought her in the house with me to put her through her paces and my niece volunteered to photograph her.  For a 10 year old working with an iPod, she did a good job.  I hope you will enjoy the dance:

À Bientôt


  1. She's adorable!

    Your niece has great picture-taking skills.


  2. Pretty! Your nice done a good job :)

  3. Hello from Spain: your niece takes great and beautiful pictures. She is a small artist! Congratulations on your purchase of the dancers. I had not seen before. They are very original. Keep in touch

  4. I will tell my niece that her photos were appreciated. Next time we will try to do a video. Thanks for all the comments!

  5. As you can see, I missed some posts. Great buy! I can't believe you opened it in the parking lot. LOL! I thoroughly enjoyed the dance and the wonderful pictures. Kudos to your niece.