World Dance Management is delighted to announce that The Tiller Girls made their first TV appearance in almost 40 years as guests on The John Bishop Christmas Spectacular on BBC1 on the 23rd December 2013. The show attracted the highest viewing figures that night with an audience of 4.7 million.
Casting and Choreographer Announced
We attracted almost 250 applications for dancers through Pippa Ailion Casting and we auditioned 100 to find our final 16 girls. Bill Deamer (Best Choreographer 2013 and Olivier Award winner – choreographer of Top Hat) choreographed the routine for the BBC and he will continue to study John Tiller’s original choreography (from the 1900’s) in order to bring it right up to date for today’s audience. World Dance Management has been granted the licence for The Tiller Girls and we have worked closely with the Tiller family to retain the integrity of the family name and the contribution to dance that John Tiller’s dancers made to the history of dance. We are looking more at the routines from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s as a base from which to adapt the choreography to make it relevant for now. This is when The Tiller Girls were at their height of fame, appearing in shows all over the world and also featuring in Busby Berkeley movies with spectacular feather routines and large scale production numbers.
In his prime (in the 1920’s) John Tiller had 80 troupes around the world. They performed at the Folies Bergere with Josephine Baker, they danced in New York, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, basically world-wide.
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 although they had a very different look and feel to that of The Tiller Girls in the 20’s and 30’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 to today’s audience, the original traditions and disciplines of precision dance dating back to the early 1900’s will be an integral part of the new look Tiller Girls.”
Bernard Tiller, the great grandson of John 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.”