World Dance Management secure exclusive rights to re-launch The Tiller Girls
World Dance Management has re-launched the world famous Tiller Girls, having been awarded worldwide rights and an exclusive trademark licence agreement by Bernard Tiller, who owns the rights to the name and is the great grandson of John Tiller, founder of the original troupe. They made their debut appearance on The John Bishop Christmas Show on BBC1 on the 23rd December 2013 and the show attracted the highest viewing figures of the evening with an audience of 4.7 million!
Originally from Manchester, John Tiller is recognised as the founder of precision dance, forming the very first all girl dancing line up in 1890. At the height of their fame, he had 80 troupes of high kicking dancing girls performing across the world from Tokyo and South Africa to New York and Paris.
Marina Blore, director of World Dance Management said: “As an ex dancer and choreographer, I remember The Tiller Girls of the late 60’s and 70’s and whilst we are looking further back to the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s when they were at the height of their fame as a base for the choreography and the concept to adapt them for today’s audience, even in the 1970′s professional dancers everywhere held them in very high regard. Being a Tiller always commanded respect. It is a huge honour to be handed the reigns to re-launch The Tiller Girls and whilst we plan to make the look and choreography relevant for now, the original traditions and disciplines of precision dance will be an integral part of the new look Tiller Girls.”
World Dance Management now plan to create an annual West End Christmas show starring The Tiller Girls and they already have interest from theatre’s and television following the reformation of the dance troupe and the appointment of Olivier award winning choreographer Bill Deamer.
Name In Lights
Bernard Tiller explains: “For a number of years I have been looking for a partner who can revive the Tiller Girls. World Dance Management is without doubt the best company to take the Tiller Girl name forward. This is something that I have been working on and dreaming for over thirty years and hope this will again see “The Tiller Girls” name up in lights and the tradition of the past dancers carried forward to a new generation.”