Dancing Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
When Cora Wintle goes to pick up her orphaned niece, Rachel, she discovers that Rachel’s adopted sister, Hilary, would be perfect for her dancing troupe! The only problem is that Hilary might be as good as Cora’s own precious daughter, Dulcie. Still, Cora is determined to take sulky Rachel and sprightly Hilary and make them into members of Wintle’s Little Wonders dance troupe.
But Rachel doesn’t want to be a Little Wonder! She can’t dance, and she’d rather die than wear the ruffly costume. Nothing seems to be going as planned, until Rachel discovers her talent for acting. . .