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Ballet Besties by Yasmine Naghdi with Chitra Soundar
Ballet Besties: Yara’s Chance to Dance is published by Piccadilly Press in paperback at £7.99.

Yasmine Naghdi with Chitra Soundar

Ballet Besties: Yara’s Chance to Dance

Illustrated by Paula Franco

Pirouette your way into the Shimmer & Shine dance studio, where the ballet besties are ready to put on a show! 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? A fun, inclusive and accessible series that will bring the joy of dance to young readers!






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