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Meet Twinklesteps’ Friends

Today we wanted to introduce a few of the colourful characters in Twinklesteps World and we’d LOVE to know what you think of them. Our first book about Twinklesteps is now available to delight young readers but our next two books (coming soon) will also introduce her friends who love ballet too. Can’t WAIT!!

Firstly meet Juliette. She is cool and laid back but fiercely loyal and will always defend her friends even if she has to draw on her hidden fiery nature! She is witty and often finds things funny that others don’t. What do you suppose she’s thinking about here?

Juliette ballerina friend

And here’s Aurora. She’s so happy and outgoing and always seems to be smiling. She has a good heart and a fun and colourful dress sense. She loves to play practical jokes and although she always means well she can get carried away at times! What do you think she’s been up to today?

aurora ballerina friend

Less loud but very lovely is Giselle. She’s quieter than Aurora and tends to worry about things. She is clever and although she lacks confidence, with the encouragement of her friends she can shine through and solve problems! Do you think she’s worrying about anything at the moment?

Giselle ballerina friend

Don’t forget Jett who often joins Twinklesteps on her adventures (watch out for our next book!). He loves dancing too and gymnastics. He flies with the aid of his special wrist bands. He is strong, enjoys a joke and is always ready for action. Where do you think he’s just been flying to?

Jett ballerina friend

There’s also Twinklesteps well loved pets. Tango is Twinklesteps’ feisty, male cat. He is clever and independent, which sometimes gets him into trouble!

Tango the Cat

….and Samba who is Twinklesteps’ cuddly female dog. She is friendly, lively and loyal and she’s always ready to play.

Samba the Dog

Lastly, meet someone who is definitely NOT a friend of Twinklesteps. The Growling Goblin is no friend to Twinklesteps, Jett or anyone for that matter! He lives in a little cottage in the hills and grumbles and growls about everything. He always seems to be in a bad mood and is usually trying to stop everyone from having fun.

Goblin Twinklesteps Ballet World

Who is your favourite character? We’d love to know – is it the grumpy goblin, cuddly dog or shy Giselle? Let us know below or on our Facebook page.

Make sure you buy our first book here to help your child enjoy the world of ballet and dance and learn some basic steps. It even comes with a little fairy dust pouch for only £4.99 🙂

Have a lovely day, from the Twinklesteps team 🙂


Shiny New Website now LIVE!

We’re SOOOOO excited here at Twinklesteps because we now have our fantastically super-duper shiny new website to share with you! We wanted to make it lots easier for you to find out all about us and browse in our shop for gorgeous dance wear, ballet shoes and gifts. You can also play games on Flash enabled devices: dress up Twinklesteps in her ballet outfits and choose her magical location – kids love it. We hope you like the new site as much as we do – let us know in the comments section below!

We’ve put some special offers up which will hopefully bring a smile to any young ballerina’s face. You can now buy Twinklesteps’ first ballet adventure book: ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong‘ with a ballerina goodie bag….a perfect present for a special someone.

Special ballerina gift offer

Special ballerina gift offer

How much do you actually know about Twinklesteps? You probably know she loves dancing and that she has magical ballet shoes. Did you know she also loves adventures, solving problems and making new friends? And that she’s is naturally curious, bold and sometimes a bit cheeky?! You can find out all about her in Twinklesteps World and you can read a beautifully illustrated online introduction by clicking the image below or right here:

Twinklesteps the fairy ballerina, an online introduction

Twinklesteps the fairy ballerina, an online introduction

You can now buy your child’s ballet shoes direct from our shop – yey! Our sparkly ballet play shoes are coming soon, with gorgeous lights that sparkle when your child dances – sign up to our enewsletter from the new website homepage to be get an alert when they’re launched.

We hope you find a little something to buy as a surprise for a special young dancer you know. Here’s that shop link again.

Happy browsing and dancing from the Twinklesteps team 🙂

Last Chance to Enter our Kids Drawing Competition

Only ONE WEEK left to enter your child’s dance inspired drawing into our World Dance Day inspired drawing competition!!

One Week Left-Dance Drawing Competition

Does your child love to dance? Do they love ballet or leaping around the house and garden practising their favourite dance moves? Are they nifty with a colouring pen, cheeky with chalks, potty about paints or creative with crayons? Would your child love to win a ballerina goodie bag and our ballet adventure book ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong’? We’ve set up a competition in honour of International Dance Day on April 29th. If you have a child aged 3-8 years they can enter their dance inspired drawing by emailing marie@twinklesteps.com or by uploading it direct to our Facebook page competition tab here before April 22nd.


Here’s the prize:Twinklesteps ballet book and ballet goodies


..and here’s what’s in the ballerina goodie bag in more detail:

Ballet gifts

We can’t wait to see your entries, we’ve had some lovely ones which you can see in our special photo album right here. You can also read more about the competition on our blog here and find out more about International Dance Day here.

Do follow our blog to keep up to date with children’s ballet events, news, crafts, creative ideas and competitions.

Have an actively awesome Easter, from the Twinklesteps team 🙂

P.S – don’t forget to try our ballet themed Easter Egg Hunt!

Drawing Competition for International Dance Day

To celebrate International Dance Day on April 29th we’ve decided to hold a drawing competition for children. Enter your child’s dance inspired drawing and they could win a Twinklesteps Ballet Book & Ballerina Goodie Bag. Their drawing will also proudly feature on our blog and Facebook banner. TWO PRIZES TO WIN (3-5 year category and 6-8 year category).

Drawing Competition International Dance Day banner

It’s easy to enter!

  • Win a Ballerina Goodie bag & Twinklesteps Book by sending in a photo of your child’s ballet/dance inspired drawing along with their first name and age. Enter via our Facebook page competition tab or by emailing info@twinklesteps.com.
  • Contest ends on April 22nd and the winners will be announced on International Dance Day on April 29th.
  • Contest open to UK residents only. Only one picture per child (3-8 years).
  • Entries will be added to a new Facebook photo album ‘Your Ballet pictures – Celebrate International Dance Day 2014’.

The competition winners will be chosen by Lisa Williams, our Twinklesteps illustrator, and the winner announced on international Dance Day on April 29th.

We’re bursting with excitement to see your drawings! Don’t delay, enter today and find yourself with one very happy child 😉

From the Twinklesteps Team.

UPDATE: Find out who won here.

Kick off Your Shoes and Dance

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone. It’s the time of year to feel optimistic and ready for new challenges and adventures. With that in mind we thought we’d share with you the perfect New Years Resolutions for parents and their young children to enjoy together. We love, love LOVE ballet but whether your kids love ballet and dancing like Twinklesteps or are mad about something entirely different, these ideas will put a spring in your step.


Kick of your shoes and dance!

There’s no better way to create some enjoyable moments together and happy memories than doing dancing or exercise together. There are lots of dance classes for children and dance classes for big people but not so much out there for you to enjoy together. If making up your own routine together is too daunting, we love this video by Scottish Ballet. Aimed at children aged 3-6 years this exercise routine is a gentle introduction to ballet and yoga moves. Tried and tested by one of our Twinkle fans it has our seal of approval and we recommend trying this together with your child if you want 15 minutes of pure pleasure: grab the moon, sprinkle fairy dust and enjoy being a tree blowing in the wind.

Grab a notepad and paper and get writing

Try writing a poem or story together. You could even act it out. Make up some costumes and props and you have a rainy afternoon sorted. Here’s a poem we wrote for National Poetry Day to inspire you: Dancing in the Rain. Why not try your own weather poem to get you started – it’s easy to act out sunshine, rain, wind and snow with movement and actions. If you or your child know any basic ballet steps, incorporate them into the story – point your toes!

Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

When is a stone not a stone? When you draw a picture on it and make it into a canvas. When is a skipping rope not a skipping rope? When you lay it down and balance on it like a tightrope walker. When is a rose not a rose? When it’s being transformed into magical fairy perfume:

Mix the fairy perfume

Mix the fairy perfume

What everyday things can you make extraordinary?

Let this year be the year of the book

There’s a storm brewing outside, the wind is battering the branches of the trees and howling like the Growling Goblin and rain is hammering on the windows. It’s the perfect time to curl up with your child, choose a book and let the magical world of words whisk you away on an adventure. We love books which inspire children to dance, which is why we wrote ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong‘. Learn about ballet and find out what the Growling Goblin has stolen in our ballet adventure about Twinklesteps and her magic ballet shoes.

Twinklesteps & the Disappearing Birdsong

Twinklesteps & the Disappearing Birdsong

What books inspire you to dance, practice your ballet, or make life more magical? Let us know in the comments below.

Have a magical year full of ballet, dancing and creativity. Oh, and LOTS of fun 🙂

From The Twinkle Team.

Our first magical ballet book for children is now live!

We’re bubbling over with excitement to announce our first book, ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong‘ is now published! Copies are flying off the shelves like disappearing birds to letterboxes all over the country, sprinkling magic and adventure wherever they land.

Here’s a sneaky preview of the book:

“Twinklesteps pointed her feet. Her magic shoes flashed and sparkled. The birds opened their beaks but no sound came out! Not a tweet or a cheep or a whistle.”


The aim of the book is to spread a love of dance and ballet to young children by transporting them into a world of magical adventure with Twinklesteps the fairy ballerina as an inspiring role model. References to ballet are sprinkled throughout the book and children are encouraged to think, question and take part with Twinklesteps as the story unravels.

The book is suitable for readers aged 6 + to read alone or for parents to share with younger children.

“I liked Twinklesteps because she was kind. And I liked the little purple bird but not the goblin.” Freya aged 3 1/2

“A really fun book to read with my child. I loved the interactive nature of the book and the beautiful illustrations. A sure indicator that it was well written was that I was asked to read it from cover to cover three times in quick succession!” Marie, parent

Special Offer: To go with the magical theme of the book, we have a very special introductory offer for you. Buy from our shop now and you’ll receive the book for just £4.99 with a cute little bottle of fairy dust in a gorgeous pink organza bag. Buy here.