Ms Arlene Phillips (OBE) (SPK02068)
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Arlene Phillips came to prominence in the dance world by creating the often controversial but hugely popular dance group Hot Gossip. Since that time she has become a world-renowned Director and Choreographer with her work seen widely on stage, feature film, concert arenas, television, music videos and commercials.
Having trained in dance from an early age Arlene moved to London in the 1970s and discovered Modern American Jazz. Immediately falling in love with the dance form she developed her own Jazz style and began offering classes at Covent Garden's Pineapple Dance Studio, she soon became recognized as a popular teacher and choreographer.
In 1974 Arlene assembled some of her young dance students together and formed the soon-to-be-famous dance group Hot Gossip, who went on to appear as a regular feature on the Kenny Everett Video Show.
Since the success of Hot Gossip the work quite simply flooded in. Arlene began accepting offers for films in the UK, America and the rest of the world.
Through the 1980's music video became popular and Arlene worked on many recognizable clips with popular artists such as AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Erasure, Aretha Franklin, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Millie Jackson, Moody Blues, Joan Jett, Elton John, Kiss, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Go West, Olivia Newton John, Queen, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Robbie Williams and Paul Young.
Television continued to be a creative source and numerous award ceremonies, popular series and TV specials kept Arlene continually traveling between England and America.
Arlene is now widely recognized as a TV personality appearing on chat shows and talent TV reality shows famous all over the UK. Numerous appearances include Strictly Dance Fever, Loose Women, Friday Nights With Jonathan Ross, Ready Steady Cook, The Friday Night Project, Must See TV, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, SMart, The One Show, As Seen On TV, So You Think You Can Dance?, and Your Country Needs You: Eurovision Song Contest 2009. In 2007 Arlene toured the UK with the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour that out sold the Spice Girls Tour!
A collaboration with fellow choreographer Bruno Tonioli resulted in UK TV format DanceX, it went on to become popular American show Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie Ann.
From 2004 Arlene was a notably popular as a judge on the UK's BBC1 Strictly Come Dancing. Her popularity has been far reaching and she continued as a judge until controversy ended her involvement. Not to be deterred since leaving the show she was appointed as the Government's 'Dance Tsar' to help improve the UK's health and fitness in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. She has recently released her own clothing and jewelry lines.
Arlene 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's relationship with dance has allowed her significant accolades including nominations for Tony Awards, Olivier Awards, a National Broadway and a FaNY. Awards include an MTV, a Drama Desk, a BAFTA and an Emmy for best choreography. 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. She has also been awarded Honorary Membership in 2006 by the International Dance Teachers Association and a Carl Alan Award for Services to Dance.
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