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Michael Flatley stars in "Lord of the Dance 3D" in the title role.

Michael Flatley was born in Chicago, Illinois, the second of five children to two Irish immigrants. Flatley often visited his family in Ireland and his mother and maternal grandmother, Hannah Ryan, were champion Irish dancers who taught Michael how to dance. Hannah taught Flatley his first few steps at the age of four and always encouraged him to follow his heart and his dreams.

Michael would go on to win the title of All-World Irish Dancing Champion at age 17, shortly before he opened his own Irish dance school. His first real break came with the world famous Chieftains, a traditional Irish band, which Michael toured with during the 1980s. 1993 saw Michael perform at the Spirit of Mayo in Dublin and afterwards was commissioned to create an act for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

The act Flatley created was "Riverdance," which soon became a full-length show, opening to critical acclaim at Dublin's Point Theatre in February of 1995. Soon after, in a controversial move, Flatley left "Riverdance" to create a new show: Lord of the Dance.

In 1996, "Lord of the Dance" premiered at the Point Theatre in Dublin to critical acclaim. Soon, the show began to sell out everywhere it went. The year culminated in a performance at the Academy Awards in front of 2.5 billion viewers worldwide.

Flatley and his troupe continued touring and performing in front of massive audiences up until 2001, when Flatley announced his retirement from touring. He then decided to function as a creative director.

Under Flatley's supervision "Lord of the Dance" continued to tour and eventually, at a performance at London's Apollo Hammersmith Theatre, Sir Cliff Richard presented Michael with a silver salver to commemorate the achievement of $500,000,000 in "Lord of the Dance" ticket sales worldwide.


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Age: 58 years old
Birthday: July 16, 1958
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Michael Ryan Flatley
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Wife: Niamh O'Brien (10/14/2006, 1 child)
Beata Dziaba (1/6/1986 - 1995, divorced)

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