Theater veteran was a champion hustle dancer

Choreographer and champion hustle dancer Arte Phillips died Nov. 12 in Philadelphia. He was 49.

Born in Jackson Heights, N.Y., Phillips performed in Broadway shows including Tommy Tune’s “Grant Hotel,” “Victor Victoria” with Julie Andrews, “Once Upon a Mattress” with Sarah Jessica Parker and as a dancer and associate choereographer for “Swing.”

He choreographed local and regional theater productions including “Victor Victoria,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “Finian’s Rainbow.”

In 1990, Phillips won the United States Ballroom Dance competition. He also won several awards for hustle dance, and appeared on “Star Search” and “Dance Fever.”

He is survived by his mother, his stepfather, his stepmother, a sister and a brother.

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