Fashion Fabulous

I’d like to start this blog with a Happy Monday everybody! As per usual I have been here, there and everywhere, flitting from one fabulous event to the next, up and down the country and of course dancing my way through it all.

From auditions for Starlight Express, to a top secret TV choreography project in Cardiff, it truly has once again been non stop!

And here’s some of what I’ve been up to….

Gossiping at the Pride of Britain Awards… And can we just discuss my divine dress from, Zara! I’m telling you, you don’t have to spend thousands feel a million dollars, and I most certainly did.

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I had an amazing and fascinating lunch at the Science museum with these gorgeous ladies….

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Learning all about the Cosmonaughts!

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I certainly got my fashion foot forward with the help of my dear friend Louanne, (whom you must know by now as I have mentioned her several times in previous blogs because I adore her so much!) who flew in from Las Vegas for one night only before jetting off round Europe, and I managed to snag her for some serious girl time and vintage Halston. I also bumped into the gorgeous Alex Jones, who is always such a delight to catch up with, and clearly as much of a fashion lover as I am. Can we just appreciate the disco dance floor, now that really takes me back to my days at Studio 54 with Biana Jagger… But I’ll save those stories for the book!

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I was thrilled to be asked to officially open this most fascinating conference as you can see below, Dancing More, Living More at City Hall, bringing healthcare professionals and Public Health England together with the Dance World.

Dance and health experts came together this week (Monday 5 Oct) at a special event organised by the London Mayor’s Office at City Hall to look at the benefits of dance in improving health and wellbeing and its potential to reduce health inequalities.

The Dancing More; Living More conference welcomed leading decision makers from local authorities, health and sport institutions and the NHS as well as senior health and dance professionals from across the country to showcase how dance can benefit people who are currently physically inactive and who may not be interested in traditional sport. Award winning choreographer Arlene Philips; Director for London Public Health England, Yvonne Doyle, Executive Director Arts Council England, Laura Dyer and Jan Burkhardt, Public Health Commissioner and health and dance specialist; Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Executive Member for Public Health Leeds; Ian Rodley, Director of DAZL[Dance Action Zone Leeds]; Tim Joss, Chief Executive of AESOP (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose); Patrick McGeough, Chief Executive Director for Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) and Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Director of Engagement English National Ballet Parkinson’s programme were amongst those who attended. 

The event focused on issues such as physical inactivity amongst women and girls who are less likely to take part in sport than their male counterparts, the effect dance can have on children in early years and the impact dance has on older people’s well-being, especially those with dementia or Parkinson’s Disease. 

To maintain a healthy lifestyle, adults should aim to be moderately active for at least 150 minutes a week. In London only 25% of adults are active enough through a wide range of activities including walking, cycling and sport. There are large parts of the population, particularly women and older people, who may not be interested in sport but for whom dance provides a relaxed and sociable way of keeping active. It has many health benefits including improved movement, balance and cardio-vascular fitness. 

As the Mayor’s Big Dance initiative has shown, dance is also hugely popular, attracting people from all ages and backgrounds. It can benefit people’s physical and mental wellbeing, by encouraging them to become more active, it is fun and a social activity that brings communities together. More than 100,000 people were involved in Big Dance in 2014 .

More information about the health benefits of dance is available on the Public Health England National Obesity Observatory: www.noo.org.uk

I’ll leave you with a teaser for the next round of gossip including my opening nights at Kinky Boots and The Father, my divine dinner at the truly beautiful Clos Maggiore, celebrating with my darling Ed Watson on his investiture, and much more… so stay tuned!

Much love,

Arlene x

The Daily Blog Four

So something doesn’t work on a Sunday, and it’s either me, or the internet… Take your pick!

Anyway, I’m back this sunny Monday morning ready to get my week off to a good start… and here are some amazing and exiting pictures of the new laser display and lighting we have put in at Starlight Express Germany to get you going!

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Also to inspire you to get up and about, here’s me teaching a disco dance class over at the Alzheimers Society, we were definitely getting our Saturday Night Fever on!

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I’ll be back again tomorrow with even more dancing news, so make sure you keep checking back, and I hope you’re all enjoying my mini posts…

Happy Monday!

Love Arlene x

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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