It’s a Weekend Whopper

It’s A Whopper!
Hello again my long lost blog buddies, I hope you’ve all been enjoying the beautiful weather, I know I haven’t! I have been from rehearsal studio, to TV studio, to the office, to the theatre, to the library, back to the rehearsal studio, to another rehearsal studio… you get my drift!
I have so many pictures of all my adventures so far, and I thought I’d bombard you with them rather than bore you to death with any more goings on about rehearsal studios… What I will say however is the fabulous time I’m having rehearsing with not only my beautiful Ed Watson over at the Royal Opera House, but also over the other side of London with my long time darling friend Lorna Luft, for the Judy Garland show I am working on. We have been friends since way back in the 70’s, and let me tell you there in no shortage of stories from our nights out at Studio 54, but I’ll save those for another time… Until then here’s all the info about the show and where you can book your tickets  http://judygarlandsongbook.com/dates/ I also popped into the Lorraine studio to chat with the lovely one herself all about it, which you can catch up on here  https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/lorraine/14-04-2015
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I had a fabulous time hosting the DanceUK conference launch with the incredibly talented (and tall!) Ashley Banjo, who towering above me at 6.5 made for a rather comedic view. It was a fantastic few days, and so wonderful to be surrounded by the industries finest, and the most incredible new and upcoming talent. I also got to chair a discussion with some of my highly esteemed colleagues, and friends, which I have to say I just loved doing. The official line was as follows… Chair: Arlene Phillips CBE, An artistic discussion about musical theatre and creativity with world renowned directors and choreographers, chaired by Arlene Phillips, in conversation with Anthony Van LaastStephen Mear and Alistair David. How exciting! 
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I also attended a night of divine dance with my dear friend Mrs Rockgod (AKA Flea Keeble) at Sadlers Wells for the National Youth Dance Company, who were performing a premiere of Frame(d) by guest Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaouiwith.
I had a very moving morning giving a reading in memory of Anne Frank #notsilent at the beautiful British Library, marking 70 years of Anne Frank. Her courage and bravery are true inspiration to us all, and should never be forgotten. I also got to meet the CEO of the British Library Roly Keating, who was truly fascinating, and it was overall a really wonderful and thought provoking morning.
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I’ll be back next week to tell you all about my night at Gypsy, and my very well deserved day off! I’m going to be posting some pop up blogs so make sure you keep a look out for those, just little spur of the moment posts when I’m on the go, so I hope you like them!
I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend filled with sunshine and chocolate, and I’ll be back before you know it!
Love always,
Arlene x

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