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A Dancer’s Tale: The Story of Phyllis Spira

a dancer's taleA Dancer’s Tale: The Story of Phyllis Spira – An inspiring tale about the life of Phyllis Spira, renowned South African dancer, who dedicated her later life to free dance programs for underprivileged children. Another great Creative Commons book from Bookdash.

By: Samantha Cutler, Thea Nicole de Klerk

 

Text and Images from A Dancer’s Tale: The Story of Phyllis Spira

 

 

 

Once upon a time,
in Joburg’s Orange Grove,
a little girl called Phyllis
was born into the world.
Two people in love,
hugged their sweet little babe.
No-one knew then,
what a dancer they’d made.

 

 

By the time she was four, she had learned very quick.
She impressed all her teachers, with her ducky feet flicks!
Before school and after, she danced everyday.
Nothing pleased Phyllis, more than ballet.

 

 

When the world was ready
for Phyllis at fifteen,
She arrived in big, old London,
ready to live her dream.
She said goodbye to all her friends.
She was ready to start fresh.
Watch out Royal Ballet School!
Phyllis is here to impress

 

 

 

When Phyllis danced Swan Lake, it was fit to show the Queen!
After years of pirouetting, she was ready to be seen.
Dancing for the audience, she turned and twirled about.
Look! Everyone is smiling! See how they clap and shout!

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You can also read along with the video below

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Comments 7

  • I liked it because it was heartwarming and awesome 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍

     
  • I like inspiring stories

     
  • it is an interesting biography of a ballerina’s travels around the world.

     
  • I like it because i also love to dance.

     
  • I like this book because its about dance

     
  • I like this book because it was a interesting and happy

     
  • giselle writes:
    Beautiful story.

    Marianne Jackson writes:
    Very cute!

    lee writes:
    what a nice book..

    Nadine writes:
    beautiful book! my daughter and I enjoyed it!

    Kamalini Hastak writes:
    A beautifully written book with lovely illustrations. Children would love to read this biography and want to know more about Phyllis and ballet.

    Wan Tong writes:
    I like this book because its teaching you try hard,never give up.

    ella writes:
    enjoyed very much

    swastika writes:
    it is a very nice book

    Isabella writes:
    i like the book because i also love to dance and i traveled to France and Mexico I’m almost like but it was worth the try i have 10 times and then I’m visiting Puerto Rico Yay!

    Mansur writes:
    i like this book

     

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