And We Keep On Dancing

I’ve been so busy dancing away this past couple of weeks that once again my blog is jam packed!
I am having the time of my life dancing and creating a piece with the heavenly Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet, who is – as I have mentioned many times – is a true dance god. I also got to see him perform alongside the divine Natalia Osipova at Russian Icons Gala, held at the Coliseum, followed by a wonderful dinner at the Savoy. A truly glamorous and sparkling affair.
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Did anyone catch me on The Nation’s Fav 70s No.1’s? If not check it out on ITV player here https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/the-nation-s-favourite-70s-number-one/series-1/episode-1-the-nation-s-favourite-70s-number-one
I had a fabulous time in the studio on Radio 4 Loose Ends with a live studio audience that you can catch up with here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054gxpj
Featuring myself, Arthur Smith, David Mitchell, Sandi Toksvig, Yasmin Evans, John Shuttleworth, Spoek Mathambo and Fantasma!
I hope you all got a chance to celebrate international Women’s Day last Sunday? It’s amazing the things women can achieve, and when we work together as a team all the more so! Love and support the women around you, you never know when you might need some love and strength in return.

So I got my disco on and headed down to the Roundhouse in honour of Save the Children, it was 70’s night and I intended to burn up the dancefloor! Save the Children is an amazing charity I am so proud to have worked with on numerous campaigns, and it was a real honour to be there and share in such an amazing evening to help raise funds. Amongst the funky bunch was actress and timeless beauty Helena Bonham Carter, the utterly gorgeous Dominic West, and fashion guru Mary Portas. It was Thursday Night Fever for sure!
Newsflash! I am so happy to announce I am going to be the Creative Director of JUDY! You can read all about it and get your tickets here http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/judy-the-judy-garland-story/edinburgh-playhouse/
Finally, the big day arrived and it was time to dance for Comic Relief! We all headed off to Wembley, along with 2000 others and well and truly got our groove on! It was such an incredible day, with the most amazing energy all around. You can see me and all my dancing buddies below
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So here I go dancing into the weekend, and I’ll be back with more news before you know it! You can also keep an eye on my twitter for more pics and updates at @arlenephillips
Love Arlene x

Olympic Fever and HRH…?

So who’s got Olympic fever?  Love it or loathe it, the Olympics are upon us and I for one am somewhere in the middle.  Im loving the gymnastics as always, and the rest of Team GB are certainly doing up proud.  I am however a bit over it making front pages every single morning, has the rest of the world news ceased to exist?  Or maybe I should take it as a welcome break from all the heartbreaking headlines we see constantly…  Whatever your feelings on it, it’s here for the next few weeks so let’s go for gold and get involved!

 

 So who saw the morning after the opening ceremony bright and early on BBC Breakfast?  I was giving my views on what I loved, and what I wasn’t so sure about… The highlights for me were most definitely the opening industrial revolution section, and the beautiful contemporary piece by Akram Kahn that was a tribute to the victims of 7/7.  I also loved the children dancing in their beds with the nurses from Great Ormond St, and the things that go bump in the night.  The rest I felt was a little lacking in excitement and ‘wow’ factor moments, although it all came together at the end with the lighting of the very beautiful and original olympic flame.  It sure went on for a while though, and as I had to be up at 5am to get to the studios out at the olympic park, my eyes were closing before Paul Mcartney had even sat down.

I spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching the first day of events, until it was time to prepare for a dinner party I was having that evening with some very old friends including David Mallet, who directed all the powerhouse 80’s videos I choreographed many years ago. Such as Freddie’s BORN TO LOVE YOU  

We had a wonderful evening, telling stories and remembering those crazy times, and the craziness of working on the Kenny Everett Video Show together. 

 Sunday was a lovely family day, with the house being full of nieces and nephews, cousins and couples and lots of cupcakes for all to get stuck into!

 The following evening I was thrilled to be attending an evening at the Royal Academy in honour of the UK Creative Industries sponsored by Founders Forum where I was surrounded by personalities from the world of sport, art, fashion, film and television, and it was a truly fantastic evening that included a speech from David Cameron and an appearance from Kate Middleton, who looked stunning in a lilac shift dress.

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 I had a fabulous time catching up with vocal coach to the stars Yvie Burnett, Image

 

Aykut Hilmi,

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and getting all the goss from the lovely Ben Forster, who is soon be seen as Jesus in the new area production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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The art at the academy is just amazing, and if you haven’t been it is more than well worth a trip.

So what’s coming up?  Well I’ve got an exciting photoshoot for the Times Body and Soul coming up, as well as getting involved in the following…

 THE ULTIMATE DANCE CHALLENGE! 

Were you born to dance? Could you keep going for a five-hour dance-a-thon? From ballet to ballroom, salsa to street, zumba or rumba – whatever your passion, just keep dancing! All over the UK this October, dance troupes, clubs, family and friends will be getting together to dance their socks off – all to raise vital funds to save children’s lives. Join them – be part of Save the Children UK’s Ultimate Dance challenge! Find out more right here

 You can also check out my lingerie here: http://bit.ly/Qmk37y as featured in Good housekeeping magazine!  Image

 

 So until next week, I hope you’re all getting around London as easily as everyone is reporting, and loving whats left of the sunshine!

 

 Much love, Arlene xx