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Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips DBE

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Arlene Phillips is a dancer, choreographer, judge and one of the UK’s most popular TV presenters. Perhaps best known for her role as a judge on a number of primetime entertainment programmes, such as Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance?, Arlene’s glittering personality perfectly matches her former dancing career and she’s certain to shimmer at every occasion she appears at, whether that’s as an after-dinner speaker or event host.

Following a highly successful professional dancing career that saw her feature some of the biggest West End and Broadway musicals among her credits, Arlene decided to focus more on choreography than actually dancing herself. She made a name for herself as the director and choreographer of the 1970s dance troupe Hot Gossip, before working on musicals and theatre shows all over the world. Arlene even choreographed the entire opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, and her expertise in the world of dance is unrivalled.

This expertise was placed front and centre when, in 2004, Arlene joined the cast of a brand-new Saturday night entertainment show – Strictly Come Dancing. On the panel of judges, it was Arlene’s job to provide feedback to the celebrities who were competing for the Glitterball trophy. Audiences soon fell in love with the show, and Arlene, who quickly gained a vast following. Widely praised for her fair and constructive criticism that helped the show’s contestants improve, the show was hit by controversy when they decided to replace Arlene in 2008. The public outcry was a testament to Arlene’s likeable personality and fantastic dancing insight that was being lost, with the BBC accused of ageism over the decision. The issue was even discussed by the Government, and there aren’t many TV presenters out there who have garnered such unwavering support as Arlene did during this time. At her speaking events, she can discuss how she felt during this time, as well as her overall memories of being part of such a revolutionary programme like Strictly.

Since leaving the programme, Arlene has remained a constant presence on our screens, appearing as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance?, choreographing the performances of Eurovision contestants and, in 2021, entering I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! where she conquered her fears in the formidable castle.

If you’re looking for a charming, lovable and affable TV presenter to work as an event host or speaker at your corporate or social event, Arlene Phillips makes for a fantastic choice. To find out more, contact Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Celebrity
  • Television
  • Choreography
  • Dancing

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