Words & Music by Carl Sigman & Bob Russell
Recorded by Vaughn Monroe, 1947 (#1)*

D      Em7        A7   Em6  D      D6
Dance, bal - le - ri - na, dance, 

    D       A7          D9     G         Cdim      Em7        A7  Em7  A7
And do your pir - ou - ette in rhy - thm with your ach - ing heart.

 Em               B+        Em7      Em6
Dance, bal - le - ri - na, dance,

   Em                    B+    Em7       Em6     Em7  A7   D     A7
You mus - n't once for - get a dan - cer has to dance the part.

D      Em7        A7   Em6  D      D6
Whirl, bal - le - ri - na, whirl,

     D        A7         D9         G       Cdim    Em7        A7  Em7  A7
And just ig - nore the chair that's emp - ty in the se - cond row.

Em           B+         Em7      Em6
This is your mo - ment, girl,

      Em                   B+       Em7         Em6     Em7  A7   D
Al - though he's not out there ap - plaud - ing as you steal the show.


          F#    F#7           C#m7-5 F#7  Bm     Em6
Once you said, "His love must  wait  its turn."

Bm             B7  B+     Em  B+               E7         Em7  
You wan - ted fame in - stead; I guess that's your con - cern --

   G/B        A7
We live and learn.

           D      Em7        A7   Em6  D      D6
And love is gone, bal - le - ri - na, gone,

   D        A7       D9           G        Cdim    Em7           A7 Em7 A7
So on with your ca - reer -- you can't af - ford a back - ward glance.

Em           B+     Em7  Em6
Dance on and on and on;

   Em                B+        Em7              Em6
A thou - sand people here have come to see the show

    Em7                A7
As round and round you go,

   G/B        A7       D      Am7     D6
So bal - le - ri - na dance, dance, dance.

*This song was also memorably recorded by Nat King Cole in 1957 when it reached #18. Though it never achieved quite the level of popularity that Monroe's version did, Cole's version has out-lasted Monroe's.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.