Ballet Besties: Yara's Chance to Dance

Ballet Besties: Yara's Chance to Dance

Yasmine Naghdi & Chitra Soundar (authors), Paula Franco (illustrator)
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A fun, inclusive and accessible series that will bring the joy of dance to readers aged 5+

Pirouette your way into the Shimmer & Shine dance studio, where the ballet besties are ready to put on a show!

We predict this new series of inclusive and accessible illustrated stories will be a big hit with newly independent readers. The author team includes Parrot Street favourite Chitra Soundar and Royal Ballet dancer Yasmine Naghdi - a winning combination!


When Yara joins Shimmer & Shine, a community dance school, she meets lots of other children her age, who are there to either start their training or just for the fun of it. Soon she has a group of ballet besties she loves to dance with.

But then Dame Clougston-Wilmott, their grumpy, dance-hating landlady, threatens to close the studio. Suddenly it's up to Yara and her new friends to keep Shimmer & Shine open!

Will putting on a performance of The Sleeping Beauty reawaken the Dame's love for dance? Will Yara have the chance to dance her dream role of Aurora? And most importantly of all, can the ballet besties save their studio?

Yasmine Naghdi is a Principal of The Royal Ballet and has been dancing with the Company since 2010. Her many roles with The Royal Ballet include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and The Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker). She has performed all over the world and is passionate about showing that ballet is for everyone.

Chitra Soundar is a writer and dreamer of many things. As well as writing books, Chitra is a speaker, oral storyteller and screenwriter. Her stories are inspired by her family, her childhood in India, which was filled with epics and folktales, and her travels around the world.

Number of pages: 224
Reading age guide: 5 to 8 years
Publication date: 14th March 2024
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
ISBN: 9781800785830
Format: Paperback

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