Sandy Iliff started to dance at the age of 2, at a local dance school as a hobby like most little girls, at the age of 14 she wanted to take dance more seriously and so she went to a famous dance teacher called Sissie Smith, she was a Fellow of the ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ and Sissie took Sandy on as a pupil. Sissie was recommended by Peter Kyle OBE who was a teacher at ‘Leicestershire County School of Dance’. 

 Peter Kyle OBE took Sandy under his professional wing, and saw talent and passion for dance in Sandys eyes! Peter Kyle had to break the news to Sandy’s mum that Sandy has had bad training, and it will take years of work for her to become a professional dancer, this left Sandy in tears. But because of her mum’s support and dad’s encouragement. Sandy was determined to get to where she needed to be in her dance training. 

Sandy took the courage to get on a train from Leicester to Nottingham at the age of 14 to ‘Sissie Smith School of Dance’. Sandy managed to get her grades rising above the ashes, and making the impossible possible. 

Peter Kyle and Sissie Smith took admiration of Sandy with her determination at such a young age, Sandy Managed to successfully audition for several professional productions at the ‘Leicester Haymarket Theatre’ including Oliver staring Roy Hudd as Fagin, and recorded an album at ‘Pebble Mill Birmingham’. The stage is what Sandy calls her second home, and after training at the ‘Stella Man School of Performing Arts’ and passing her qualifications in both dance teaching and dancing, she then managed to walk proudly into Sissie Smiths and Peter Kyle with her black tutu, this is only given to dancers who have passed their advanced exams. 

Sandy wanted to take her passion and drive in the entertainment world after her professional career as a dancer she’s performed at the London Palladium West End and performing in Spain contract in Benalmadena, and working for Sylvia Anderson Co-Creator of Thunderbirds. This is just some of her career highlights. 

Sandy started her Radio career as a hobby in 2006 and catapulted herself into a professional radio career when she won ‘Female Presenter of The Year’ in 2007 for ‘Hospital Radio Fox Leicester’ she has held that title for 12 years, she then was the morning presenter on Oak FM. 

During the pandemic, Sandy decided to set up ‘Dance Quest Radio’ to help lift morale Dance Quest Radio launched for the very first time on the 1st of May 2020 with Sandy Iliff joined by special guests Tim Bryn Smith from The Actors Workshop Nottingham, And the Legendary Mr Bobby Ball! From The comedy duo Cannon & Ball. 

Michelle Monro kindly offered Sandy permission and an interview to play her world-renowned star the late Matt Monro ‘Hey Dolly’ song from her father’s collection that have been recorded but never been released it premiered on Dance Quest Radio for the very first time.  

Sandy trained ‘Trevor Nixon’ who now does his own comedy show on Dance Quest Radio, this is just one fine example of her putting her knowledge and expertise and helping others achieve their dreams and goals in life. Again, making the impossible possible.  

Sandy did a 100-mile bike ride for Cancer Research whilst caring for her terminally ill father. And raised £500. And also raised £400 for National health charities. She still wanted to help other people lift their morale when the world turned upside down.  

Sandy Iliff taught many people to dance and sing, but Olivia Slatter was Brought in her life, and Sandy Iliff once again saw some talent, before Olivia’s autism diagnosis. Sandy Iliff spotted that Olivia was an opera singer, and that she managed to coach someone who has never performed a solo in their life to sing at ‘Sylvia Andersons Pink Fab Ball Celebrity ball event’ in London. Now Olivia has been a student at ‘Trinity Laban Conservatoire’ and ‘Bishop Grosseteste University’ and ‘Leeds Conservatoire’ And Sandy watched Katie Price’s ‘Harvey and Me’ documentary series, and found Anna Kennedy and ‘Autisms Got Talent’ and got in touch with Anna for a connection for Olivia. Thanks to Dr Anna Kennedy Olivia has now won the ‘Princess Diana Award’ (The Role of Honour) Sandy after teaching Olivia is a big advocate of autism, after seeing Olivia’s struggles in life, and dealing with her own bullying at school, Sandy is an advocate for Antibullying campaigns and is delighted to have Dr Anna Kennedy on her radio show this Friday with Olivia Slatter. 


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