Arlene Philips

Arlene Phillips is a world-renowned choreographer with her work seen widely in theatre, feature films, concert arenas, television, music videos and commercials.

Arlene first came to the attention of the British public when she created the dance group Hot Gossip.

Arlene has also appeared as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Dance Fever, and she collaborated with fellow Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli to create DanceX and Dance War. She has recently created a new musical drama, Britannia High, for ITV, and appeared on Sky TV’s Grease The School Musical.

Theatre Choreography- Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar (US tours), EFX at the MGM Grand Matador, Time, A Clockwork Orange (R.S.C.)

Arena and Concert – British entry Eurovision 2009, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, The James Bond Gala, Midsummer Classics at the Royal Albert Hall, The Bratz UK Arena Tour, Black goes with Everything, An Evening with Gedeminas Tarandas (Bolshoi Ballet).

Ceremonies- Director of Choreography for the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games, Staging of Sarah Brightman and Jose Carreras in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Official Theme, Amigos Para Sempre.

Film Choreography- Arlene has worked with many notable directors 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). She has worked with The Village People (Can’t Stop The Music) and The Pet Shop Boys (It Couldn’t Happen Here).

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, 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. In 2006 Arlene was commissioned by Mattel to create a children’s dance DVD.

Music Videos- AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Erasure, Aretha Franklin, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Joan Jett, Elton John, Kiss, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Queen, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Robbie Williams. 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.

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. 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.