Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley, the first non-European resident to win the All-Ireland World Championship for Irish dance, is native to Chicago and was born to Irish parents. He shot to fame during the ‘Riverdance’ performance during the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. Following the success of the show during the Eurovision, Flatley then starred in the full-length Riverdance show that was developed from the original seven-minute act. After leaving the show Flatley produced, directed, and choreographed ‘Lord of the Dance’ which performed a record-breaking run of 21 shows at the Wembley Arena in London in 1998. Flatley was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour in New York in 2004, along with an honorary doctorate degree from University College Dublin. In October 2006, Flatley married fellow ‘Celtic Tiger’ dancer Niamh O’Brien. The two have one son, Michael St. James Flatley, born in 2007.