Strictly fit and full of life as Arlene nears 70

Dance queen Arlene Phillips says she has no plans to slow down, as she prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge says she still feels full of life: “I’ve always felt charged with an energy.”

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In interview with Hello! magazine ahead of turning 70 on May 22, she said her secret to looking good is to keep a young mind – and surround herself with like-minded people.

“I have friends who are almost as old as I am, who just don’t let age take its toll, feeling that they can go on doing what they’re doing and being who they want to be,” she said.

Asked whether she would consider winding down her career, the choreographer replied: “Not yet.”