For over 40 years, Arlene has worked as a dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and television judge and presenter. However, she did not become a household name until she formed the provocative dance group Hot Gossip in the ’70s.
In The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip. Arlene talks to Jacquie Storey on stage and reveals stories behind the multi-award winning musicals, music videos, TV shows, films, and other dance extravaganzas she was part of.
The production is part of her UK tour, which begins on 22nd August and will culminate in London.
About Arlene Phillips
Arlene began her dancing career in her mid-teens when she moved to London and developed her own style of Jazz dance. She then began to teach this in several prominent London dance studios, from The Dance Theatre to Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden, and later the Italia Conti Stage School. This experience allowed her to establish her success in choreography.
Her choreography credits include the 1982 film Annie, the Duran Duran song The Wild Boys–which won Best British Video at the 1985 BRIT Awards–and the 2002 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies alongside David Zolkwer.
Arlene also formed the British dance troupe Hot Gossip in 1974. The group performed in a London nightclub for two years before being spotted by British television director, David Mallet. He then invited Arlene to make Hot Gossip a regular feature on The Kenny Everett Show.
Moreover, Arlene became a judge in the successful BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2008 and made guest appearances on numerous panel shows.
Later on, Arlene was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) during the 2001 Birthday Honours. She was subsequently appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for her services to dance and charity.