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ARLENE PHILLIPS: CHOREOGRAPHER, DIRECTOR, TV JUDGE and PRESENTER
For many years, Arlene Phillips was most noted as the choreographer of numerous West End and Broadway musicals, films, and television shows, but she later achieved mainstream fame as a judge on television talent shows including Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance.
She originally wanted to be a ballet dancer and began dance classes at the age of three, studying ballet and tap dance at the Muriel Tweedy School in Manchester after leaving school at 16. Her mother had always expressed a desire to dance, which inspired Arlene into pursuing dance professionally.
She has many notable achievements to her name. Internationally, she is most noted as a jazz and musical theatre choreographer, having worked on some of the biggest-selling musicals in West End and Broadway theatre, and a number of successful films. She is an Olivier Award nominee.
She became a household name as the director and choreographer of Hot Gossip, a British dance troupe which she formed in 1974.
In 2002 Arlene choreographed Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies alongside fellow Mancunian, David Zolkwer.
From 2004 to 2009, she was a judge on the BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing.
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