Shirley’s Ballas’ ‘Behind the sequins’ has sold to BBC Books!


​The wonderful Jo Bell, in association with Ashley Vallance at InterTalent Rights Group, has sold World rights for Strictly Come Dancing’s Head Judge, Shirley Ballas’ debut non-fiction title: Behind The Sequins, to Yvonne Jacobs at BBC Books!

In Behind the Sequins, which publishes 1st October 2020, Queen of Latin and Head Judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, Shirley Ballas, leads us through her dramatic and determined life. From growing up on a rough estate on the Wirral and leaving home at 14 years old, to conquering the high-octane world of Ballroom and coping with betrayal, bullying, two broken marriages and a personal tragedy that left Shirley and her family devastated.

Shirley has enjoyed a spectacular dance career spanning more than 40 years – she has Cha-Cha’d her way across the world’s dance floors to become a multi-award-winning Latin & Ballroom champion and one of the most renowned dancers in the world. In 1996, Shirley retired from competitive dancing to become a highly acclaimed coach and teacher.

Speaking from the heart, Shirley leaves her dancing shoes at the door to tell you the story of a fiery, strong willed grafter, who danced through everything life that threw at her and was never afraid to leave it all on the floor.