For the 2018 Festival we are fortunate to have Jill Baldock, LIDTA, ARAD to adjudicate. This will be her first time adjudicating at the Aldershot & Farnborough Dance Festival.
Jill trained at the Hylton Bromley School in Merseyside and the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She entered the Sunshine Competitions (pre-All England) and gained seven gold medals in the London finals. Jill received a scholarship to attend ‘The Place’ (London’s Contemporary School of Dance) and went on to teach contemporary dance for both Derby and Surrey Arts Councils. She has also taught for the Italia Conti School, and eventually went on to own her own theatre school.
Her first professional dancing job was with the famous Top of the Pops dance group The Go-Jos, working in TV, film, cabaret and the West End. Shows include Kiss Me Kate, Carousel and Oklahoma!. Jill went on to become an international choreographer, director and producer of theatre, cabaret and cruise shows. She diverted her career into the music business, producing for both EMI and Virgin, recording such artists as Shirley Bassey, Ruthie Henshall, Bonnie Langford, Marti Webb and Toyah Wilcox. During that time she also ran her own music publishing business.