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Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips is a highly respected top director and choreographer.  She was also the first and only female judge on the BBC’s hugely successful ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ for many years. Her departure hit the headlines after the show shockingly dropped for a younger female judge. a participant in the I'm A Celebrity 2021, she is a cracking speaker and hugely inspirational woman.


About Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips is a world-renowned choreographer and director. She first came to the attention of the British public when she created the dance group Hot Gossip.  Since then her choreography has been seen in theatre, feature films, concert arenas, television, music videos and commercials. Her work can be seen widely in theatres, concert arenas, television and commercials.


Arlene Phillips has a vast array of theatre choreography credits including the hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’ (music by Queen), ‘Starlight Express’, ‘Grease’, ‘Matador’, ‘Time’ (starring Cliff Richard), the RSC production of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (music by U2) and the Young Vic Theatre production of ‘Masquerade’. As a director & choreographer, her productions include ‘Saturday Night Fever’ (starring Adam Garcia), the concert tour of ‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ with stars Michael Bolton, Petula Clark, Michael Crawford & Elaine Paige. Other projects include Black Goes With Everything (the songs of Don Black) and EFX at the MGM Grand (starring David Cassidy).  Arlene has also directed Michael Flatley’s acclaimed arena production ‘Lord of the Dance’, The James Bond Gala for The Red Cross, Donna Summer in concert at the Universal Amphitheatre, Midsummer Classics at The Royal Albert Hall.

In addition,  in 2002 was invited to be the Director of Choreography for the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games ceremonies.

In her film choreography she has worked with many notable directors such as John Huston (Annie), Ridley Scott (Legend) starring Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood (White Hunter, Black Heart), Ken Russell (Salome’s Last Dance) and Terry Jones (Monty Python’s Meaning of Life). On other films she has worked with The Village People (Can’t Stop The Music) and The Pet Shop Boys (It Couldn’t Happen Here).

Arlene’s television credits include Ken Russell’s The ABC of Music, The Benny Hill Show, The Hot Shoe Show, the US syndicated Dancin’ To The Hits, The Kenny Everett Video Show featuring dance group Hot Gossip with Sarah Brightman, Peak Practice, Blue Peter, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa & Friends, Lesley Garrett – A Night At The Opera and An Evening With Michael Ball.

Her work has also been seen on The Brit Awards, The Royal Variety Show, The Prince’s Trust, Children in Need, Party in the Park and the legendary Party at the Palace. Arlene has appeared on ITV’s Discomania, as a judge on BBC1’s hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing and as Head Judge on the follow-up series Strictly Dance Fever.

In Music videos Arlene has worked with AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Erasure, Aretha Franklin, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Joan Jett, Elton John, Kiss, George Michael, Freddie Mercury, Queen, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and Robbie Williams and has choreographed over one hundred TV commercials in England and America including, 7-up, American Express, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Levi Jeans, Vidal Sasoon and Yellow Pages.

Arlene has worked with numerous stars from Lauren Bacall to Elliott Gould and Vinnie Jones to Ozzie Osbourne. Theatre award nominations include a Tony, two Oliviers, a National Broadway and a FaNY. Awards include an MTV, a Drama Desk, a Bafta, and an Emmy for best choreography.

Demonstrating a change of professional direction, Arlene introduced her first makeup range in Autumn 2010 following the recent release of her jewellery and clothing ranges.

Arlene was named in the 2002 New Years Honours List Arlene was awarded an OBE for Services to Dance and in 2004 a Companionship Award from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, for her contribution to dance, presented by Sir Paul McCartney.

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