America Calls

John first sent a troupe of girls to America in 1900. George Lederer booked them to perform their original Pony Trot. Later at the height of their popularity in New York there were three Tiller lines working on Broadway; The Lollipops and The Sunshine Girls at the...

Life Changes

John’s wife Mary died of cancer in 1905 and he remarried to Jennie Walker in 1906. Jennie went on to be very involved in the running of the Tiller Schools until her death in February 1936.

Pony Trot

John went on to conceive a simple notion, as the girls were kicking; he had them link their arms around each others waists. The proximity helped the girls work well together and at last he was able to achieve absolute precision in dance. His dream come true. There is...

Mystic Hussars

By the late 1800’s John’s troupes were dancing in ballet and pantomime performances all over the world. At this time John was very excited by his conception of The Mystic Hussars routine where the girls dressed as cavaliers when performing their dance...

The Father of Precision Dance

In 1890 John was asked to present a quartet of children for the pantomime Robinson Crusoe at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Liverpool. He chose four of his best Manchester pupils, all aged about 10 years: Dolly Grey, Tessie Lomax, and twins Cissy and Lilly Smith. They...