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Michael Ryan Flatley (born July 16, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is an Irish-American step dancer from the south side of Chicago. His parents were from County Mayo and County Carlow. As a child, he moved to Chicago - the city which he considers his home town. He began dancing lessons at 11 and, in 1975, became the first non-European to win the All-Ireland World Championship for Irish dance. As a trained boxer he won the Golden Gloves Championship in 1975. Flatley is also known as being a proficient flautist. His first dance teachers were his mother and his grandmother Hannah Ryan, an Irish dancing champion. After high school graduation, he opened a dance school. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Detroit” redirects here. ... Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánach) are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in the west European nation of Ireland. ... Irish dancers at St. ... South Side Irish is the term that refers to the large Irish-American community on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Castlebar Code: MO Area: 5,397 km² Population (2006) 123,648 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Carlow Code: CW Area: 896 km² Population (2006) 50,471 Website: www. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... The Golden Gloves is an annual competition for amateur boxing in the United States. ... A flute-player demonstrates flute-playing A flautist, flutist, or flute-player is a musician who plays the flute. ...

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Career

His first professional break came when he joined The Chieftains for tours in the 1980s. He created the initial choreography for Riverdance and, with fellow lead dancer Jean Butler, led the show to great success as the intermission act in the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30, 1994. Flatley and Butler then starred in the full-length show that was developed from the original seven-minute act. After leaving the show due to creative disagreements,[1] Flatley produced, directed, and choreographed his own show, Lord of the Dance. In 1998, Flatley put together a dance production called Feet of Flames, a version of which toured Europe and the US in 2000 and 2001. The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1963, known for performing and popularizing Irish traditional music. ... Riverdance Promotional Poster Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. ... Jean Butler was born March 14, 1971 in Mineola, Long Island. ... The modern logo was introduced for the 2004 Contest (in Istanbul) to create a consistent visual identity. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance - Current Poster. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Flatley's current Irish dance show is Celtic Tiger, which opened in July 2005. The show explores the history of the Irish people and Irish immigration to the US and fuses a wide range of dance styles, including jazz. The show also includes popular elements from his previous shows, such as Flatley's flute solos and the line of dancers in the finale. Flatley released his own autobiographical book titled Lord of the Dance: My Story in March 2006. Regarding his future plans, Flatley was quoted in the Celtic Tiger program book as saying, "I will be a dancer until the day I die." Celtic Tiger Live or more often known Michael Flatleys Celtic Tiger or just Celtic Tiger is an Irish Dance show. ...


Awards and recognition

Flatley received the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship in 1988 and was named one of National Geographic Society's Living Treasures in 1991 for mastery of a traditional art form - the youngest person at that time ever to receive this accolade. In May of 1989, Flatley set a Guinness Book world record for tapping speed at 28 taps per second; when this record was broken, he set another record in February of 1998, by achieving 35 foot taps per second.[2] The current record holder is James Devine, at 38 taps per second.[3] In September 2000, Flatley was awarded the prestigious 'Coq Flambee' by the Sorbonne, Paris, for his commitment to the furtherance of Franco-Irish 'relations'. In December 2001, Flatley became the first recipient of the Irish Dancing Commission Fellowship award, an honorary degree in Irish dance, and was simultaneously made a Fellow of the American Irish Dance Teachers’ Association. Irish America Magazine named Flatley Irish American of the Year in March 2003. On the 3rd June 2007 The Freedom of the City of Cork was conferred on the entertainer at a ceremony in Cork's City Hall. The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... The National Heritage Fellowship is a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts. ... The National Geographic Society was founded in the USA on January 27, 1888, by 33 men interested in organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge. ... Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton. ... James Devine is a dancer, choreographer and director. ...


Personal life

In 1986 Flatley wed Polish make-up artist Beata Dziaba, but was divorced 11 years later. He battled bouts of depression and drinking after the break-up, and admitted, "When I wasn’t involved in a show I would sometimes be drunk for two weeks at a time." He then had a series of relationships and in 2002 became engaged to his long-term girl friend Lisa Murphy. [4] In 2003 real estate agent Tyna Marie Robertson accused him of rape in a Las Vegas hotel and through her attorney demanded a large financial settlement in return for not going public. He said it was consensual sex and the case was dropped. He then sued her attorney for blackmail and extortion. Vegas redirects here. ...


In April 2006, Flatley spoke about his recent discovery of a facial skin cancer.[5] He kept the cancer scare a closely-guarded secret, but said, "I'm completely fine now, thank God."


At the 10th Anniversary of Lord of the Dance in June of 2006, Michael Flatley was accompanied by dancer Niamh O’Brien who dances with Flatley in Celtic Tiger. O'Brien, who is in her 30s, has danced with Flatley in Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and now Celtic Tiger. The two shortly thereafter announced that they were dating, and married in "a low-key Catholic ceremony " in Fermoy Co.Cork on Saturday October 14th 2006.[6] Riverdance Promotional Poster Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. ... Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance - Current Poster. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Celtic Tiger Live or more often known Michael Flatleys Celtic Tiger or just Celtic Tiger is an Irish Dance show. ...


On November 15, 2006, Flatley's website reported that he had been admitted to hospital suffering from a serious illness, which is believed not to be related to his cancer scare, or any kind of serious accident. All his up-and-coming shows for Celtic Tiger have been cancelled. He left hospital three days later.[7] is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Celtic Tiger Live or more often known Michael Flatleys Celtic Tiger or just Celtic Tiger is an Irish Dance show. ...


Michael and Niamh became parents to their first child, a son on Thursday 26th April 2007.[6]


Flatley, who is worth £350 million[8], has homes in Barbados, Chicago, France, Ireland and London. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


See also

Riverdance Promotional Poster Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. ... Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance - Current Poster. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Celtic Tiger Live or more often known Michael Flatleys Celtic Tiger or just Celtic Tiger is an Irish Dance show. ... Gillian Norris (b. ... Bernadette Mary Flynn (born 1 August 1979 in Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland) is an Irish dancer best known for her work in Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. ... Daire Nolan b. ... Jean Butler was born March 14, 1971 in Mineola, Long Island. ... Colin Dunne, born May 8, 1968 in Birmingham, England, is a professional Irish dancer. ... Conor Jack Basquille Smith (born October 25, 1986, Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actor and writer. ... Anuna. ... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... Ronan Hardiman (born 1961 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish composer, famous for his soundtracks to Michael Flatleys dance shows Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. ...

References

  1. ^ Riverdance: Frequently Asked Questions (HTML). Celtic Cafe.com.
  2. ^ Awards and honors (HTML). MichaelFlatley.com.
  3. ^ Tim Cornwell. "Flatley rival taps into controversy over fastest feet claim" (HTML), The Scotsman, 2006-04-21. 
  4. ^ Fiona Cummins. "Michael Flatley Leaves Lover" (HTML), The Daily Mirror, 2006-04-06. 
  5. ^ Flatley faced cancer scare after TV chat (HTML). ContactMusic.com.
  6. ^ a b Daily Mirror. "Flatley dances up aisle" (HTML), The Daily Mirror, 2006-10-15. 
  7. ^ News and Events (HTML). MichaelFlatley.com.
  8. ^ Not stated. "Lord of the dance fights for his life" (HTML), thisislondon.co.uk, which is part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard & Metro Media Group, 2006-11-16. 

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