We were thrilled when Arlene Phillips shared her thoughts on life after 50 with Fabafterfifty readers. Be inspired as Arlene talks about her career, her family and hopes and plans for the future!
Q. How has your career progressed since turning 50?
A. I wouldn’t say my career has progressed since turning 50, but as they say with age comes wisdom so possibly my insight and understanding into what I do has made a difference to my work. And of course becoming a public figure through appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.
Q. Have you taken on any projects which have pushed you out of your comfort zone?
A. Any project I’m involved with pushes me out of my comfort zone, nothing is ever easy!
Q. Do you feel that ‘age’ has held you back at all in achieving your career goals
A. Age has never held me back in achieving a career goal, I did everything ‘late’ in life including having children so I think it has only helped me become more determined to succeed.
Q. Do you think having a child later in life has helped to keep you ‘young’
Having children later in life has definitely helped me keep young as I want to be there and experience everything alongside them, especially with my younger daughter Abi.
Q. Do you follow a strict health regime?
I wouldn’t say I have a strict health regime, but I do watch what I eat. I try to avoid things like roast potatoes and stick to having bags of grapes and chicory around for me to snack on. Of course exercise through dance is part of my life, and I do like a good swim.
Q.What prompted you to write books for children?
I wanted to write a series of childrens books about all types of dance as when I was growing up there were only books about ballet for children, and as much as I loved those books I wanted to make all forms of dance accessible, especially as there are so many more dance styles that children are exposed to now due to programmes like Strictly and So You Think You Can Dance that they want to read about more than just ballet.
Q. What would you like to say to women who feel they have become ‘invisible’ over 50?
A. Try and regain control of your life! Just because your 50 doesn’t mean you can’t do and enjoy all the things you did when you were younger, don’t give up being who you want to be and never stop trying to fit into that little black dress!
Q. Dance is obviously great for fitness, how would you suggest women become involved in dance?
A. Dance is so readily available to all ages now, try seeing what classes are on at your local gym or community centre and get involved! Also if you want to try latin or ballroom don’t be put off by not having a partner, there are plenty of people turning up that need one and not only is it a great way to keep fit but a great way to meet new people as well. Always remember whatever music you love there will be a dance style to it.
Q. What inspires you?
A. My family inspire me to stay young, to , and always look on the bright side and keep dreaming up new and exciting ideas.
Words of wisdom on ageing
Q. What words of wisdom regarding ageing would you pass on to your own daughters?
A. My words of wisdom to my daughters regarding ageing “Do it gracefully, and always remember you can’t change you age so enjoy it!”
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. My plans for the future, who knows? I’m still so busy with all my projects – my childrens books, clothing and jewelry collections - and I’m about to start another series of So You Think You Can Dance. Hopefully I’ll still be dancing and choreographing many years to come, and more than anything I’d love to be a grandmother…
Q. With 70s fashions being revived and the Monkees touring later this year, will Hot Gossip be making a comeback?
A. It’s always in the back of my mind to recreate Hot Gossip, but at the moment that’s where it’s staying.
Q. What’s the best part of being ‘Fabafterfifty’ ?
A. The best thing about being Fab after Fifty is having the confidence to do all the things I never could in my youth.
Keep in touch with me on twitter @arlenephillips and my blog http://arlenephillips.wordpress.com/