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.
Since the success of Hot Gossip the work quite simply flooded in. Arlene began accepting offers for films in the UK, America and the world allowing her to work with notable directors on works including Escape To Athena (1979), The Village People’s Can’t Stop the Music (1980), The Fan (1981), Annie (1982), Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983), Duran Duran’s Arena (1984), Legend (1985) with Tom Cruise, Highlander (1986), Salome’s Last Dance (1988), The Pet Shop Boys It Couldn’t Happen Here (1988), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990) and The Wind In the Willows (1996).
Much of Arlene’s work has been brought together in popular large scale events such as 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’s renowned choreography has been seen in a number of much loved musicals including Flashdance, Sleeping Beauty, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You, Time and Matador.
Whilst maintaining her choreography Arlene was increasingly asked to take on role as director in shows such as Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar (US tours).
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 and Your Country Needs You: Eurovision Song Contest 2009.
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.
She is still probably best known to the general public through her appearances over many years as a judge on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing