Riverdance is a theatrical show that consists mainly of traditional Irish music and dance. With a score composed by Bill Whelan, it originated as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, featuring Irish dancing champions Jean Butler, Michael Flatley and the vocal ensemble Anúna.
What is the purpose of Irish step dancing?
Irish dance refers to a group of traditional dance forms originating from Ireland, encompassing dancing both solo and in groups, and dancing for social, competitive, and performance purposes.
Where did Riverdance get its name?
Each production company is named after an Irish river: Liffey, Lee, Lagan, Avoca, Shannon, Boyne, Corrib, Foyle, Moy and Bann. On 21 July 2013, a record was set when a line of 1,693 dancers from 44 countries danced to Riverdance on a bridge overlooking the River Liffey, led by Jean Butler and Padraic Moyles.
What does Michael Flatley doing now?
He lives in Monaco (when he isn’t living in a mansion in Ireland), and he likes things fast – cars, life, feet. It’s the feet that made him famous, obviously. They propelled Earth’s very own Lord Of The Dance to global stardom when he created the Irish dancing extravaganza Riverdance nearly 30 years ago.
Is Lord Of The Dance and Riverdance the same thing?
Lord of the Dance, which is produced, choreographed and stars one of the original principals of the Riverdance show, Michael Flatley, is like it’s predecessor Riverdance based on traditional Irish music and folkdancing, but is anything but traditional.
Where did Irish step dancing originate?
The reel originated around 1750 in Scotland and the Irish dance masters brought it to its full development. Women and men both dance the reel. Women perform it as a light, rapid soft shoe dance that often includes leaping and always demands a high level of energy.
When was the first Riverdance?
February 9, 1995
Does Riverdance have a story line?
Riverdance is an Irish dance piece which tells the story of people moving to new places and changing over time, taking their dances and their stories with them.
Is tap dancing from Ireland?
Tap originated in the United States through the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, primarily West African sacred and secular step dances (gioube) and Scottish, Irish, and English clog dances, hornpipes, and jigs.
Riverdance – The Late Show with David Letterman.
Irish Dance Group – Irish Step Dancing (Riverdance) 2009
Jean Butler & Michael Flatley Interview, Ireland 1994