My daughter… All England champion!


Hi there,

I just had to let you know some exciting news in the Halliday household as my daughter won the All England Dance Festival at the Hackney Empire with her Musical Theatre group!

It was an incredible evening. The standard of the final was just amazing and would seriously give any West End show a run for its money. She did King of New York which is from the Broadway musical Newsies and they were fantastic.

The competition runs every two years with heats around the country, so it’s been two years of hard work and it was an accomplishment just to make the final, so to win was unbelievable – I was so emotional I didn’t even hear who came second and third until much later.


They then were asked to perform in the All England Gala. Wayne Sleep was there who is one of the patrons of the competition. It was a lovely day but an early start as we had to be there in costume with hair and makeup at 9.30am for the rehearsal call, and I’d worked late at QVC the night before – it took lots of coffee to keep me going!

Finally all our exam results I told you about in May are in. Everything was passed with flying colours. Ballet, singing and drama exams were all excellent and my son passed his Grade 8 saxophone with a superb result, we were so proud. He really is such an accomplished player now and just a joy to listen to – he’s definitely inherited my dad’s jazzy bones.


I’m hoping the rest of August stays sunny before school starts again in September but one thing I am looking forward to in September is Diamonique Day, which is happening on Friday 5th. I’ve just heard that Michelle Mone OBE is bringing her brand new Diamonique collection to QVC which will premiere on the day. I can’t wait!

Enjoy the sunshine,
Jilly x


  1. jennifer cann August 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    congratulations to your family, you and your husband must be so proud, well done to your son and daughter

  2. Hayley August 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    A huge congratulations to your daughter she has done very well. To impress Wayne must mean she is something special!
    Hayley xx

  3. Mary Rottier August 14, 2015 at 3:51 am -  Reply

    Well done to your daughter and everyone that performed
    Give my best wishes th your daughter. It is great to see them get on my son was champion swimmer tell he was killed in a road crash he was nineteen and my daughter was a majorette and went to the USA with them now I am watching my granddaughters do there things,you relish in this Jilly has they grow up fast.well done again.

  4. Sue Woods August 15, 2015 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Well done to your daughter.
    I think it was the same show as my granddaughter took part in. She dances with Associated dance school from Tonbridge and I think the heat before this was at Cranbrook in Kent

  5. Susan August 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful news jilly! What a talented girl and bunch of girls. Well done cassidy! And Taylor too! I can imagine the coffees for you that morning jilly! Any hols thus August? X

  6. Claire sutton September 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Wow Jilly, just read this, how fabulous for you all…who’d have thought as we drank our coffee and pushed our prams eh??!!!! Those were such lovely days !!!… Well done team Halliday x

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