Arlene Phillips to direct charity dance gala for Grenfell victims

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Arlene Phillips is to direct a gala evening of dance at London’s Adelphi Theatre to raise money for people who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Akram Khan and the Royal Ballet are all confirmed to take part in the evening.

They will perform alongside stars from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, the Mariinsky Ballet, Rambert and Ballet Black, as well as other dancers and companies.

Phillips said: “I remember waking up in the morning and thinking ‘here goes another day’, only to switch on the TV to watch the news and suddenly see an image so powerful you can’t move, knowing so many lives have been changed forever.

“As the days went by I began to wonder if there was a way that I could help, maybe even make a small difference, and I thought dance is my world, my life, so how could I galvanise and bring the dance community together to raise funds for those who need it most, now and into the future.”

Gala for Grenfell has been organised by Phillips, Graham Watts and Guy Chapman for Target Live to provide emergency relief funding for those by the Grenfell Tower fire.

It takes place on July 30 at 7pm, with all proceeds going to the K&C Foundation.