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Performers of Irish Dance

Books LLC

Published May 31st 2010
ISBN : 9781156223024
Paperback
46 pages
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Michael Ryan Flatley (born 16 July 1958) is an American-IrishMorePurchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Michael Ryan Flatley (born 16 July 1958) is an American-Irish step dancer, writer, flautist, choreographer and occasional television presenter became internationally known for creating Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Feet of Flames. He shot to fame during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest 1994. Flatley is a native of south side of Chicago, born to Irish parents. He began dancing lessons at 11 and, in 1975, became the first non-European resident to win the All-Ireland World Championship for Irish dance. He is a trained amateur boxer as well as a proficient flute player, having twice won the All-Ireland Competition. In dance, Flatley was taught by Dennis Dennehy at the Dennehy School of Irish Dance in Chicago, then went on to producing his own show. After graduating from Brother Rice High School, on Chicagos Southwest Side, he opened a dance school. Flatley was the first American to win the World Irish Dance Championships and also won numerous All-Ireland Flute Championships. From 1978-79 he toured with Green Fields of America. Later he toured with The Chieftains in the 1980s.- Flatley received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1988.In May 1989, Flatley set a Guinness Book world record for tapping speed at 28 taps per second.Flatley was named one of National Geographic Societys Living Treasures in 1991 for mastery of a traditional art form by a living person - the youngest person at that time ever to receive this accolade. Flatley created the original Riverdance and led the show to great success as the intermission act in the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30, 1994. He then starred in the full-length show that was developed from the original seven-minute act. After leaving the show Flatley pro... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=384808