Performing with my daughter


Jilly and her daughter, ready for the show! Hi there,

Well I can't believe November is coming to a close. Hopefully you are getting to grips with all that Christmas shopping. It definitely pays to be organised.

Over the years, I've found that if you leave things to the last minute you end up paying over your budget for gifts you don't really want, just because you are desperate find something.

I really love Christmas and although I opt out of the cooking (much to everyone's relief), I do get into the spirit of it all and love the whole family festivities. I must admit I've been so preoccupied with my daughter's dance show that Christmas has crept up on me a little bit this year.

My little girl goes to the same dancing school that I went to all those years ago and is taught by the same teachers too, who I have to say haven't aged a bit! Well, when it came to the school show I was dragged, kicking and screaming I hasten to add, into rehersals for a tap number featuring five kids and their parents, all of whom went to the same school.

Seeing that I hung up my tap shoes and retired about 25 years ago, I wasn't keen, but when my six-year-old little princess hid under the kitchen table, sobbing, saying that she would stay there for the rest of her life because I didn't want to dance with her, what choice did I have?

I have to say it was amazing. We did three shows to packed audiences in a brilliant theatre, and I even had some QVC viewers who stayed behind to say hello, and to dance on the stage with Cassidy was incredible. I was so proud of her and wouldn't have missed it for the world!

Speak soon,

Jilly xx


  1. Jeannie November 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Well done, Jilly! Your beautiful little daughter is the double of her Mum!

  2. Kathryn sheehan December 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly, what a very proud mum you must be, how wonderful to dance with your daughter on stage. The photo is beautiful, and i’m sure you will treasure that and the memories for ever. Maybe we can see a video !!!!! All the best for christmas and the new year to you and your family.
    Love Kathy x

  3. julie December 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hey, you both look great. How lovely for you both to perform together.
    i am organised for Christmas other than a gift for my nephew whos almost 8, don’t have a clue what to get him. the rest is all done, mostly thanks to QVC as always.
    Take care and love it when your on air Jilly.
    Love Julie

  4. tracy December 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    hi jilly,
    i used to be a dancer before i became ill and now my 8year old daughter has taken it up i am so proud the pictures of yourself and daughter are beautiful.
    i would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a merry christmas and a happy new year.
    may all your wishes come true. i have just sent a card on its way.
    it is great when you share such a passion with your child that you both really enjoy.
    take care
    tracy x

  5. Jeannie December 5, 2010 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Jilly!
    Well done – your beautiful little daughter is her mummy’s double!
    You have beautiful skin (and hair!) Jilly – please let us know what beauty products you use!

  6. Susan December 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly,
    What a stunning photo of you and your little Cassidy! You both look fabulous with your outfits! You are like two peas in a pod!! I am so pleased you decided to dance with her and I am sure she thoroughly enjoyed it and was as proud of you as you were of her. Take care and enjoy your Christmas with your beautiful babies.
    Susan x

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