Arlene Phillips is government dance champ

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009
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Arlene Phillips was dropped from Strictly Come Dancing

Arlene Phillips was dropped from Strictly Come Dancing

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has been appointed a "dance champion" by the Health Secretary.
The choreographer, 66, was dropped by the BBC show in favour of 30-year-old singer Alesha Dixon, in a move which caused public outcries of ageism.

Now Health Secretary Andy Burnham has asked Ms Phillips to become a “dance champion” to get Britain exercising, and encourage people to take part in dance classes.

Her appointment comes as part of a new campaign by the government to up Britain’s exercise levels.
Mr Burnham said: "We're really in danger of being known as the best in the world for watching sport, but one of the worst for getting out there and doing it ourselves."

Last updated: 5:07pm, August 13 2009