A 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.
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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