Shirley Ballas

Agent: Jo Bell

Shirley Ballas 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.

Behind the Sequins, published by BBC Books on 1st October 2020 and the paperback will publish in September 2021! 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.

The first novel in the sensational The Sequin Mysteries series, Murder on the Dance Floor, was published by HQ, HarperCollins, in October 2023.

Behind the sequins and sparkle of Blackpool Tower Ballroom’s famous Dance Festival, the competition is about to turn deadly…

When a promising young dancer collapses during the opening tango of the festival, Lily Richmond, dance legend, teacher and one-time world champion, is convinced that murder is afoot. There’s only one person who can help her delve into the mystery: her former student and private detective, Susie Cooper. But Susie vowed she’d never return to the ballroom – let alone go undercover as a professional dancer when there’s a killer on the loose…

As the competition gets even fiercer and the bodies start to pile up, can the unlikely dance-detective duo unravel the rumours from the rumbas and expose the murderer’s identity, before they strike again?

Shirley is represented by Ashley Vallance at InterTalent Rights Group for all non-book related enquiries.