Michael Flatley

Quick Facts

Full NameMichael Ryan Flatley
Date of BirthJuly 16, 1958
Years ActiveDancing: 1969–2016
Music: 1971–present
Known forRiverdance (1994–2016)
Lord of the Dance (1996–2022)
Feet of Flames (1998–2001)
Celtic Tiger Live (2004–2007)
SpousesBeata Dziąba (m. 1986; div. 1997)
Niamh O’Brien (m. 2006)
Notable AchievementsShows played to more than 60 million people in 60 countries, grossing over $1 billion
Credited with reinventing traditional Irish dance by incorporating new rhythms and movements
Formerly held Guinness World Record for tap dancing 35 times per second
Feet were insured for $57.6 million at one point
Retirement ReasonRetired from dance in 2016 due to spinal, knee, foot, and rib pain
Health UpdateIn January 2023, reported to be undergoing treatment for aggressive cancer
Early LifeStarted dance lessons at age 11 with Dennis G. Dennehy at the Dennehy School of Irish Dance
Won World Irish Dance title at Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne in 1975 at age 17
Won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil concert flute competitions in 1975 and 1976
Boxing CareerCompeted in Chicago Golden Gloves tournament in the 126-pound novice division, winning the middleweight division
Recorded five knockout victories
Considered becoming a professional boxer in the early 1980s, but pursued a dance career instead
PhilanthropyDonated to the Golden Gloves organization
Named one of four fighters to be a Titan of Chicago Golden Gloves Boxing in 2023

Michael Flatley Movies

Feet of Flames1998
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
Riverdance: The Show1995
Lord of the Dance 3D2010
Lord of the Dance2011
Celtic Tiger2005
Riverdance: Live from New York City1997
Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance
Michael Flatley: Gold2000
Best of Riverdance
Riverdance: A Journey
The Best of Riverdance2005
Eurovision Song Contest 1994
2001: A Space Travesty2000
Steps of Freedom
A Little Bit Of Tear
A Royal Gala1996
Brendan Grace: Funny Man
Music of Ireland: Welcome Home
Riverdance for Rwanda1994
Riverdance: The Ten Years2005
The Michael Flatley Collection1997
Michael Flatley: Eire Apparent2000
King of Clubs2004
Music of Ireland: Welcome to America

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