Jennifer Hillier was born Jennifer Buchanan in Falkirk,
Scotland, and started dancing at the age of 5.
She was a successful Juvenile and Junior competitor,
eventually winning the Scottish Amateur Ballroom
and Latin American Championships and Scottish
She was in the semi-finals of all the major Amateur
Latin American Championships, including the British
Open, International, European and the Worlds.
On turning professional at a young age, her success was in Ballroom. On her first competition as a
professional, she was placed into the semi-final of the United Kingdom Open Championships. Later,
she was a semi-finalist in all the major Ballroom Championships including the British Open,
International, European and the Worlds. She was placed 7th in the World Professional Ballroom
Championship in Holland in 1994.
She competed all over the world, winning many Professional titles. Some of these are listed below:
● The All England Open Championship
● The London Open Championship
● The National Championship
● The United Kingdom Closed Championship
● The Florida State Open Championship
● The Dutch Open Championship
● The Norwegian Open Championship
● The French Open Championship
● The Russian Moscow Open International Championship
Since retiring from competing, Jennifer has judged many important competitions including the
World Professional Latin Championship in 2001, 3 World Professional Ballroom Championships
And 3 European Professional Championships. She is a Fellow of the UKA and a Fellow of the IDTA
in Ballroom and Latin American.
Jennifer was a consultant on the UK TV series “Strictly Come Dancing”.
Jennifer and Stephen married in 2001. They adjudicate, lecture and teach all over the world. When
they are in London, they teach at the JJ Dance Studio, 182b High Street, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1EW.
In their spare time, Stephen and Jennifer love gardening and golf. Stephen has a 14 handicap
and Jennifer has a 20 handicap. They have a passion for all animals, but especially dogs.
They often walk friends’ and neighbours’ dogs, as they spend too much time travelling to have one of
Stephen and Jennifer won the 2015 Galaxy Classique Teachers Award