Darcey Bussell, everyone's favourite ballerina has put together a collection of her favourite ballet stories that will delight budding ballerinas everywhere. With contributions from: Joan Aiken, Jean Estoril, Vivian French, Lorna Hill, Geraldine Kaye Margaret Mahy, Jhanna N. Malcolm, Bel Mooney, Jean Richardson, Jean Ure and Cynthia Voigt. Plus specially commissioned NEW stories from: Jamila Gavin, Antonia Barber and Harriet Castor.
Darcey Bussell is Britain's best-loved ballerina. She first received wide recognition when she became the youngest Principal in The Royal Ballet at the age of twenty and now is one of the most famous dancers in the world. Darcey has danced scores of leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballet, including title roles in Manon and Romeo and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Many parts have also been written especially for her. In 1990 she was voted Dancer of the Year by readers of Dance & Dancers magazine and in 1991 she received the Evening Standard Ballet Award. A full-length portrait of her hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, and in 1995 Darcey was awarded an OBE. Darcey recently returned to work following the birth of her first child.