We begin the festival with laughter from Nina Conti and end it with sparkle from Dame Arlene Phillips. Next to the NHS, Strictly Come Dancing is probably as close to a national religion as Britain gets and Arlene is one of its high priestesses. In a unique and exclusive session, she comes to Melrose to talk not only about the Strictly years, about Brucie, Craig and Len, but also about a stellar career in her own right. Made a dame in 2022 for services to dance, she is a showbiz legend having choreographed hit shows from Starlight Express to Grease, Guys and Dolls and many others on Broadway and in the West End. Arlene has had a career that would get a ten from Len and all of the rest of us.
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