Meet the Cast


Padraic Moyles

Dance Captain, Lead Dancer

Maria Buffini

Lead Dancer

Siobhán Manson

Lead Dancer
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Lauren Smyth

Lead Dancer

Ciara Sexton

Lead Dancer

Chloey Turner

Lead Dancer

Emma Warren

Lead Dancer

Stephen Brennan

Lead Dancer
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Brendan Dorris

Lead Dancer
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James Greenan

Lead Dancer

Bobby Hodges

Lead Dancer

Jason O’Neill

Lead Dancer
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Callum Spencer

Lead Dancer
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Peta Anderson

Irish Dance Troupe
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Ellen Bonner

Irish Dance Troupe

Orlagh Carty

Irish Dance Troupe

Darren Casey

Irish Dance Troupe
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Katie Hands

Irish Dance Troupe

Christina Havlin

Irish Dance Troupe
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Shaun Kelly

Irish Dance Troupe

Aoife Kennedy

Irish Dance Troupe
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John Lonergan

Irish Dance Troupe
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Patrick O’Mahony

Irish Dance Troupe

Andrew O’Reilly

Irish Dance Troupe
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Louise O’Sullivan

Irish Dance Troupe
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Brian Shinners

Irish Dance Troupe

Fiona Stone

Irish Dance Troupe

Peter Wilson

Irish Dance Troupe

Sarah Woods

Irish Dance Troupe
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Kincaid Stringer

Irish Dance Troupe

Ken Edge

Riverdance Band, Saxophone
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Mark Alfred

Riverdance Band
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Matt Bashford

Riverdance Band
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Patrick Mangan

Riverdance Band

Edel Murphy

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Marita Martinez-Rey

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Michael Wood

Baritone, Tapper

Dharmesh Patel

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Natia Mangan

Dance Captain, Russian Ensemble
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Rifat Gabdulkhakov

Russian Ensemble
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Katrina Meske

Russian Ensemble

Alexander Safonov

Russian Ensemble
Padraic Moyles

Lead Dancer/ Irish Male Troupe
Dance Captain

Padraic began dancing for the O’Shea school in Dublin and for Donny Golden while in New York. He joined Riverdance in 1997 where he went on to be Dance Captain and Principal Dancer. He performed and was dance captain in Boublil & Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen on Broadway. He has made numerous TV appearances, including Riverdance on Ice for NBC. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II during her State Visit to Ireland and also for First Lady Michelle Obama. Padraic is Associate Director of Heartbeat of Home and also works in the field of Sports Psychology and Motivation. He is brand ambassador for Motiv8.

Maria Buffini

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Maria began dancing at the age of four with the O’Shea School in Dublin. From a young age she danced competitively and toured extensively with the school, performing at festivals in Ireland, Europe
and America, including five summer seasons at Busch Gardens, Virginia while she was studying for her first class honours degree in science from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Since joining Riverdance in 2004, Maria has danced with the company in Ireland, Europe, America, Japan and Taiwan.

Siobhán Manson

Lead Dancer/ Irish Dance Troupe

Siobhán Manson began dancing at the age of four in her hometown of Galway with the world-renowned Hession School. In 2004 Siobhán joined Riverdance and had her debut as principal dancer at the Gaiety Theatre in 2005. In 2007 Siobhan took a break from dancing and returned to college to finish a degree in History and English and went on to complete a master’s degree in History. She also has a keen interest in acting as well as the health and fitness industry and is studying to be a personal trainer.

Lauren Smyth

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Lauren was born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland in 1987. Coming from a musical background she began Irish Dancing at the age of 4 with the St. Patrick’s School of Irish Dance. She soon progressed to compete in competition where she won many regional championships including the Ulster and Northern Ireland titles numerous times. At aged 16 Lauren transferred to the Reilly School of Irish Dance where her success in competition continued.

It has always been Lauren’s dream to perform in an Irish Dance show and so she joined Rhythm of the Dance in 2007 where she performed the lead role for 3 years. In 2010 she then progressed to pursue her life long ambition in joining Riverdance.

She has loved dancing with the show and looks forward to the up and coming tours and many more successful years with the show.

Ciara Sexton

Lead Dancer/ Female Troupe

Ciara started dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Marion Turley in the West Midlands, UK. She has won numerous titles including five World and All-Ireland Championships. Her professional dance career began with Lord of the Dance, in which she performed the lead role. Ciara choreographs regularly for dance company, Celtic Feet and has toured with the troupe in the production of Excalibur – A Celtic Rock Opera. In 2012, Ciara became involved in Heartbeat of Home and toured with the show internationally as a lead dancer.

Chloey Turner

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

English born, Chloey started Irish dancing at the age of 8. Her competitive career with Jenny Flower (Matthews Academy) has seen her compete at national and international feiseanna and qualifying for the world championship every year since. Chloey is also a keen athlete and a qualified Personal Fitness Trainer and believes the fitness and nutritional techniques she has learnt and developed have been invaluable during her dance career.

Chloey joined The Corrib Company in 2008, touring Europe, Japan and China. She has toured extensively with Riverdance and one of highlights was performing at Radio City, NY. Within two years she was selected for the Principal Role, with her first performance at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

Emma Warren

Lead Dancer/Irish Dance Troupe

Dublin-born Emma began Irish dance with the Elaine Kavanagh School of Irish Dancing. Highlights of her career to date include touring as a dancer with Riverdance and appearing in Prodijig’s tour of Footstorm. Emma was a finalist on BBC’s Over the Rainbow – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Dorothy. Most recently she was a lead dancer with Heartbeat of Home touring China and North America. Emma is honoured to be joining the Riverdance lead team in its 20th anniversary year and would like to thank her family for their support.

Stephen Brennan

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Stephen began dancing at the age of 12 with the McGahan-Lees Irish Dance Academy based in Essex, England. He enjoyed repeated success at major competitions, advancing quickly to win first place at numerous North American, Great Britain and All-Ireland Championships before becoming the 2006 World Champion. Stephen’s professional career commenced when he began touring with Riverdance in 2005. He has since performed intermittently with Lord of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance and Magic of the Dance, as well as spending four consecutive summers performing the principle role for the Busch Gardens show, Emerald Beat. To date he has performed in 21 different countries around the world. Stephen has recently graduated with a First-Class degree with Honours and is absolutely thrilled to be dancing with the show.

Brendan Dorris

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Born in Belfast, Brendan studied dance at the Paul Wilson School of Dancing and the Hyland School of Dancing, Belfast. At the age of nineteen, he performed the lead role in a production of Heartquest, in Melbourne Australia, in 2002. Following this, Brendan returned to competitive dancing and has been placed in the top five in the World Championships and top three in the All Ireland Championships.

While obtaining a Politics/History Degree at Queen’s University Belfast, he spent his summers performing Lead Roles with the O’Shea’s Busch Gardens’ productions of Irish Thunder and Emerald Beat, before joining Riverdance in 2007.

Brendan dedicates every performance to his late mother Catherine, and grandmother Ellie Dorris. RIP.

James Greenan

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

James lives in Cootehill Co. Cavan. He started dancing at the age of 10 for Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh and has won several prestigious titles in both Solo and Ceili competitions. Such as the World Championships, All Irelands, Great Britain’s, North Americans and Ulster titles.

He has toured with Gaelforce and Dancemasters where he was chosen as a Principal dancer. He has also toured with Noctu in New York for former Riverdance lead Breandan De Gallai.

James has completed first year studying Architecture but has postponed his studies to pursue in his dancing career.


Bobby Hodges

Lead Dancer/ Irish Troupe

Bobby was six when he started dancing in his hometown Bristol. After an illustrious career as a competitive Irish dancer, winning ten world titles, he joined the cast of Lord of the Dance. After just six weeks in the show, he was cast as the principal lead. In 2012 he joined the cast of Prodijig to help create their debut show Footstorm. Bobby went on to be cast as principal lead in Heartbeat of Home which has toured internationally and is now thrilled to be performing lead in Riverdance, the show that inspired him to pursue dance.

Jason O’Neill

Lead Dancer/ Irish Dance Troupe

Jason started dancing at the age of five alongside his six sisters. Under the tuition of the Armstrong school in Belfast he developed a deep-rooted passion for rhythm. Jason has been principal dancer with Prodijig’s Footstorm and with Heartbeat of Home and is truly honoured to attain lead role in three shows. As an avid traveller he has now performed in 200 cities worldwide. Jason is delighted to join Riverdance again on its remarkable 20th anniversary.

Callum Spencer

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

From Warwickshire, England Callum started dancing at the age of ten with the Matthews Academy remaining there throughout a competitive career in which he won many Championships. He consistently placed in the top ten at World Championships and top five at the All Ireland Championships and other Majors. Callum still attends class whenever he is home to assist in any way he can.

Callum has appeared in the RTE TV series Dance Off and was chosen as lead by former Riverdance star  Breandan de Gallai for Noctu which was presented in Ireland and off-Broadway during the autumn of 2011. He has also toured the USA, Canada, Europe and Russia with Lord of the Dance and is an athletic sportsman playing rugby and tennis whenever he can. Having auditioned and trained with Riverdance in the summer of 2011, Callum is delighted and honoured to tour with the show

Peta Anderson

Irish Dance Troupe

Peta Anderson danced for the Fogarty School of Irish dancing in Sydney, Australia. She started dancing at the age of 3 in tap, jazz and ballet, then after seeing Riverdance at 9 years of age she started Irish dancing. Peta attended the McDonald College of the Arts and after finishing high school went on to complete a diploma in performing arts in Melbourne.

Peta went on to tour with The Rhythms of Ireland around Australia and New Zealand, then Dance of Desire in China before being chosen to appear on Ireland’s RTE”s program Dance off where she was chosen to perform lead in Breandan De Gallai’s show Noctu, which then went on to perform in New York on off Broadway.

Peta is delighted to be performing in Riverdance and touring with the show. It is a dream come true.

Ellen Bonner

Irish Dance Troupe

Ellen from Co. Meath, Ireland began dancing at the age of 5 and attended the renowned O’Shea School in Dublin. She has been dancing professionally around Europe for the last six years and has juggled this with her studies, graduating with an honours degree in Accounting and Finance in 2012.

Having successfully participated in the reality T.V program, ‘Dance Off’, Ellen is also a member of Noctu with whom she has performed with at many events, including five weeks in Off-Broadway, New York, in 2011. Ellen is delighted and very privileged to have been given the opportunity to follow her dream and join the Riverdance cast.

Orlagh Carty

Irish Dance Troupe

Orlagh Carty age 21 from Co. Wicklow began dancing at the age of 4 for the Hunter school where she acclaimed 3 All-Ireland titles and 6 Provincial Championships. She then began her career as a professional dancer and was selected as one of the original cast of Noctu, filmed for the TV series Dance Off, 2011.

Orlagh went on to perform with numerous shows touring Europe, Asia, Russia & U.S.A. Most recently she was a part of Prodijig’s new show Footstorm. Orlagh is honoured to join the cast of Riverdance and looks forward to being part of the 20th anniversary tour.

Darren Casey

Darren started Irish dancing at the age of eight and was successful competing at major Irish dancing championships over sixteen years. He has been a member of the Riverdance Irish dance troupe since the summer of 2008. He has traveled worldwide with the show including all over Europe and the Middle East. To reach the heights of performing with Riverdance was his childhood dream and Riverdance has been the most amazing experience of his life to date and long may it continue!

Katie Hands

Irish Dance Troupe

Katie was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1991. At the age of three, Katie began dancing for Carole and Tricia Scanlon. In 2002, Katie’s family relocated to Co. Clare, Ireland where she continued her dancing career with the Costello School.

Katie’s achievements in competition included Munster Championship titles and World & All Ireland Medals. In 2009 she retired from competitive Irish dancing and began touring with Riverdance. It was Katie’s life long ambition to be a part of the show with which she has travelled Europe and China. Katie is enjoying living her dream.

Christina Havlin

Christina Havlin commenced her competitive Irish dancing career at the tender age of 4, under the well respected and highly successful Lawrenson Toal academy in Belfast Ireland. With the help of her teachers, Christina gained An Comhdhail highest titles. Among her many accomplishments she won the Ulster Championship and went on to become the four times All Ireland and International Champion, the most prestigious title within An Comhdhail. From a very young age, Christina has dreamed of touring with Riverdance and in 2005 she began her career with the company. After touring Asia, Europe and North America she is delighted to be back in the Gaiety for its 11th Season.

Shaun Kelly

Irish Dance Troupe

Shaun is from County Donegal in Ireland. He began dancing at the age of fourteen under the instruction of the McNelis/Cunningham School of Dance. Over the years Shaun has competed at many national and international feiseanna including the Ulster, All Ireland and World Championships.

He has danced as part of the Ragús troupe touring Europe, China and Japan as well as completing two seasons at Busch Gardens, Virginia in Celtic Fyre, performing both troupe and lead roles.

He has most recently travelled to Australia, New Zealand and China with Riverdance and performed three consecutive seasons in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. He is also delighted to be a member of the Riverdance Liffey Company on their 20th Anniversary European and Uk tours.

Aoife Kennedy

Irish Dance Troupe

Aoife Kennedy from Co. Meath began dancing at the age of 5 for the Jackie O’Leary School of Irish dancing. She went on to join the Jim Murrihy and Denise Flynn School and the O’Shea School of Irish dancing. She had a successful competitive career winning numerous titles including the World Championships, All-Ireland Championships, American Nationals, and several Leinster Region and British Nationals titles. She has also won titles such as the All-Ireland Championships, Irish National and Leinster Championships in the Senior Ladies Ceili with the O’Shea School of Irish dancing.

After completing an honours degree in 2013 in Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin, Aoife was delighted to follow her dream by joining Riverdance performing in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin and is honored to be a part of the Riverdance 20th anniversary tour.

John Lonergan

Irish Dance Troupe

John started dancing at the age of 6 after taking classes each Friday in Primary School. He went on to join the ‘Eleanor O’ Brien School of Irish Dancing’ then the ‘Sheila Hayes School, & finally the ‘Kiely-Walsh Academy’ where he is still a pupil to date.

Throughout his dancing career, he has travelled all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales & even the US, to take part in competitions. His competitive career is extremely successful seeing him being crowned ‘North American Champion’, Irish National Champion’, ‘All Scotland Champion’ twice, ‘Munster Champion’ 10 times, ‘All Ireland Champion’ 5 times, & finally ‘World Champion’ 6 times. He has also won 4 All Ireland & World Gold Medals in 8-hand Céilí competitions.

John toured with ‘Magic of the Dance’ throughout Germany, Holland and Austria before joining Riverdance. It is his dream to be a part of Riverdance and he is delighted to be performing in the show doing what he loves.

He would like to thank his friends & family, especially his Mother & Father, for their all the love, support & help they have given him to make his dreams come true.

Patrick O’Mahony

Irish Dance Troupe

Patrick began his dance training at the tender age of two with Rinceoiri Na Riochta under the direction of Jimmy Smith and Honor O’Conor. At seven, Patrick won his first Munster title in 1993 and continued claiming the title every year until 2004. Patrick was awarded All Ireland Champion in 1995. Patrick continued to compete until 2004 in the All Ireland’s, the British National’s, the American National’s, the Great Britain’s, and the World’s, always placing in the top 4.

Patrick went on to dance and travel all over the world with shows such as Ragus, To Dance on the Moon, Spirit of Ireland, Dance of Desire, Playboy of the Western World, Irish Thunder and Emerald Beat in Busch Gardens, Virginia and Florida, Skydance, Noctu, Irish Celtic, Gaelforce Dance and Dance Masters.

Patrick is extremely excited and privileged to be a part of the overly talented cast of Riverdance, and would like to thank his parents and family for their support throughout his dance carrier.

Andrew O’Reilly

Irish Dance Troupe

Andy started dancing for the Sean Eireann McMahon Academy at the age of nine. He excelled competitively, becoming an All-Ireland, Great Britain, All- Scotland, and North American champion. His professional career began alongside Michael Flatley in an arena tour of Celtic Tiger. Andy then joined Riverdance touring the world for five years, the highlights of which were special performances for Queen Elizabeth II in Dublin and performing in Radio City Music Hall. After winning Got to Dance 2012, with dance group Prodijig, Andy starred in lead role in their touring
show, Footstorm. He is delighted to be back in the Gaiety this summer

Louise O’Sullivan

Irish Dance Troupe

Louise from Dublin, began dancing at the age of 4 for the Elaine Kavanagh School of Dance. She has won many medals in competitions worldwide and also learned tap, ballet, modern and Latin American dance. After 17 years of competition Louise joined Gaelforce Dance as understudy and then principal dancer. Louise danced with Dance of Desire, Magic of the Dance, Dance Masters and Irish Celtic touring the world for 4 years.

Louise has a degree in fitness and personal training and works with Trinity College gymnasium in Dublin when she is not on tour. Louise is delighted to achieve her dream to perform with Riverdance and would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support through out her dancing career.

Brian Shinners

Irish Dance Troupe

From in Co. Tipperary, Brian started dancing at the age of 3 with the Fleming Ball School of Irish Dancing under his teacher Linda Ball Hoban. He had a successful competitive career winning Munster titles, the European championships and medals at the all Ireland and World championships. Since the age of sixteen, Brian has worked seasonally as an entertainer at the Traditional Irish Evening in Bunratty Castle Folk Park which thousands of tourists visit each year. Brian comes from a musical family and has won medals at Fleadh Ceoil na h’Eireann on the bodhran.

After completing his degree in Primary School Teaching (Bachelor of Education), Brian got the opportunity to perform as a dancer and bodhran player in the Japanese production of The Pirate Queen. He has also toured Europe and America with dance show Rhythm of the Dance. Brian was delighted and honoured to get the opportunity to join the amazing Riverdance cast.

Fiona Stone

Irish Dance Troupe

Fiona began dancing at the age of 4 under the instruction of Carmel Merrigan, An Comhdhail in Dublin. She had a successful competitive career winning numerous Dublin, Leinster titles and placing top 5 in the All Ireland and International Championships. After obtaining a degree in design Fiona’s passion for dance led her to her first show in 2009 performing as the lead role in Rhythm of the Dance for 3 years. In 2013 she joined Lord of the Dance show travelling throughout Europe & Ireland.

Also in 2013 Fiona was privileged to take the stage with Riverdance performing in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. She is grateful and honoured to be apart of the historic Riverdance 20th anniversary tour of 2014.

Peter Wilson

Irish Dance Troupe

Peter Wilson 21, began dancing at the age of 4 with the Coyle school in Donegal. His competitive career included titles at provincial, national and international level.

In 2012 Peter began his professional career by being one of 12 dancers cast in Breàndan De Gallai’s ‘Rite of Spring’. Peter then went on to tour Asia, Russia, Europe and the US and performed the lead role in ‘Rhythm of the Dance’. Peter would like to thank his teachers and parents for helping him make his lifelong dream come true by joining the cast of Riverdance.

Sarah Woods

Irish Dance Troupe

Sarah, 24 from Dundalk, Ireland began dancing for Scoil Rince Mona Ni Roddy aged 4. She attended classes there for 15 years competing in multiple national an international competitions. Sarah placed top 5 in every major championship and won titles such as the Ulster Championships, All Scotland,North American Championships and World and All Ireland championships with her senior mixed and senior girls Ceili.

Sarah has toured with Gaelforce, Dancematers and Irish Celtic where she was chosen as principal female dancer. Having completed a year of studies in DCU but has postponed further studies to persue her career in dancing. Sarah is delighted to get the opportunity to tour with Riverdance as it as always been a dream for her to tour with the show that inspired her as a young dancer.

Kincaid Stringer

Irish Dance Troupe

Born in Dallas, Texas, Kincaid began dancing when he was 7 years and eventually moved to Galway to dance with The Celine Hession School in Salthill. Throughout his competitive career he won 10 regional titles as well as placing in the top three in The All Irelands and the top five in The World Championships.

In the fall of 2010 Kincaid graduated from University with a First Class Honours in English Literature along with a qualification in Business Management.

Kincaid is both delighted and privileged to finally be a part of the Riverdance cast and is looking forward to seeing the world and experiencing life on tour.

Ken Edge

Saxophone/Musical Director

Kenneth Edge began his career in music by winning RTE’s ‘Young Musician of the Future’ competition in 1983. Since then, Ken has performed with some of the greatest musicians and orchestras in the world. He has attracted many composers to write new works for him to perform, such as Shaun Davey, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin and John Buckley. Aside from his performing career, Kenneth has held the posts of Music Director of Ireland’s CoisCéim Dance Theatre Company, for which he composed the scores for five of their productions, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Limerick.

Mark Alfred

Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán

As one of Europe’s most sought after and highly regarded drummers, Mark Alfred – a native of County Monaghan – is constantly in demand from some of the world’s biggest music acts.

His individualistic, versatile and energetic style has seen him play with acts as diverse as Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Josh Groban, The Corrs, Mary Coughlan, Westlife, Girls Aloud and Donnie Osmond.

Mark first studied music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and then at the Performing Arts College Dublin. As well as contracting musicians for the world’s premiere music acts, Mark books musicians for The Late Late Show.

In between that, he continues to tour the world with Riverdance. His involvement with the show has taken him to such prestigious venues as Radio City Music Hall in New York and Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles.

Matt Bashford

Uilleann Pipes / Low Whistle / Tin Whistle

Matt is a native of Limerick City. He began playing and touring with various musical groups and stage shows at a young age. These productions include Micheal Ó Suilleabháin’s Traditional Irish Music Orchestra, Ragús, and The Belfast Irish Harp Orchestra among others. Matt has recorded on RTÉ television programmes, BBC radio documentaries and with other artists including the Irish Tenors and Denis Carey. He has also performed on various orchestral works including Bill Whelan’s Seville Suite at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and Shaun Davey’s Grainneuaile Suite.

He has a graduate degree in Irish Music and Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music at the University of Limerick.

Patrick Mangan


Patrick Mangan is from Brooklyn, New York, where the two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion studied with renowned fiddler and teacher Brian Conway.
At sixteen, Patrick appeared in Riverdance – On Broadway, becoming the youngest fiddler in the show’s history.

Patrick joined the John Whelan Band in 1999, with whom he toured throughout the US and Europe. He has also appeared with the Cathie Ryan Band, and with the neo-Celtic group Whirligig. Noted Irish Echo and Wall Street Journal music critic, Earle Hitchner, has stated that he “embodies all that is admirable and durable about the Irish tradition in America.” In Spring 2002, Patrick was awarded first prize honors for instrumental composition in the Bertelsmann Foundation’s World of Expression competition for his piece, “September Sky.”

Edel Murphy


Edel is an actor and singer from Dublin and holds a B.A in Drama Performance from DIT. She has always been heavily involved in music, both in choirs and as a featured soloist with credits such as The Manchester Carols (All Hallows) and Arise my Love (Celtic Mass). In early 2013 she joined Celtic Woman’s Aontas choir and has since completed two US tours and a DVD along with tours in Europe and Australia. Edel is delighted to join the show and to be performing the beautiful and iconic music of Riverdance.

Marita Martinez-Rey

Flamenco Soloist

Marita was born in Úbeda (Jaén), Spain. She graduated in Spanish Dance from the Royal Conservatory of Córdoba in 2001 and a year later in Classical Ballet with AraLeo Moyano. She also studied Cátedra de Flamencologia in Córdoba and has got an BA (Hons) in Music and History Studies at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Marita´s professional experiences started in the opera El Cid with Placido Domingo which was performed in La Maestranza, Seville in 1999. She joined the Ballet Gallego Rey de Viana for a year in the production Vira ó Vento. After that, she returned to Madrid, where she has worked with several companies like Luisillo, Rafael Aguilar and José Greco among others. She has also performed as soloist in the role Dulcinea in Delirios del Quijote by Sara Lezana. She joined the Compañia Antonio Gades where she has worked in the productions of Carmen, Bodas de sangre and Fuenteovejuna around the world. She was working with different choreographers like Goyo Montero in Teather La Zarzuela. Marita also likes teaching and to bring the art of dance to everyone.

Michael E. Wood, Riverdance
Michael Wood


Michael Wood was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, but raised in Dallas, Texas. From before he could remember Michael has had a passion for the performing arts. Growing up he found himself dancing to Michael Jackson and singing to whatever was on the radio. In school he was always a part of the choir, but was never
afforded the opportunity for classical dance training. Finally, at the age of eighteen Michael started his technical dance training at Oklahoma City University, where he studied ballet, jazz, and first put on his tap shoes. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in Dance Performance, Michael spent a couple years as a singer/ dancer on Norwegian Cruise Lines before finally making his way to New York City. Michael is thankful for all the support and encouragement from his friends and family.

Dharmesh Patel


Dharmesh Patel graduated from Doreen Bird Performing Arts College in 2007. He has performed at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles and since graduating has performed in numerous operas for the English National Opera and the Royal Opera House. He starred on Sky 1’s Got to Dance as a semi-finalist and he’s also a member of Plague, who have won the World Hip Hop International Championships in both 2005 & 2011. He was one of the original cast in Bodyguard the Musical in London’s West End and has choreographed and performed for Cirque Du Soleil. He is delighted to be making his Riverdance debut in the Gaiety Theatre.

Natia Mangan

Riverdance Russian Ensemble/ Dance Captain

Natia Rtveliashvili Mangan grew up in the Republic of Georgia where she studied at the State Academy of Ballet in Tbilisi. There she excelled in ballet, folk, and character dancing and performed in productions including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, the Nutcracker, Giselle, and many more with the State Ballet of Georgia.

In 2000 Natia moved to New York to expand her horizons in dance, studying contemporary, modern, and jazz. There, she worked with numerous prestigious companies including the Metropolitan Opera. In 2007 Natia was invited to join Riverdance and has toured extensively with the show, performing to enthralled audiences around the world.

Rifat Gabdulkhakov

Russian Ensemble

The Riverdance Russian Ensemble combines elegance and grace with verve, dynamism and joyous physicality. The company’s dancers come from a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds. What they have in common is a dedication to dance and many years of training and performance in pursuit of perfection in their chosen art. Working as individual performers, they have come together for Riverdance, where they will share their individual talents and fuse the many elements that have gone into the development of their own unique style of dance.

Katrina Meske

Riverdance Russian Ensemble

The Riverdance Russian Ensemble combines elegance and grace with verve, dynamism and joyous physicality. The company’s dancers come from a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds. What they have in common is a dedication to dance and many years of training and performance in pursuit of perfection in their chosen art. Working as individual performers, they have come together for Riverdance, where they will share their individual talents and fuse the many elements that have gone into the development of their own unique style of dance.

Alexander Safonov

Russian Ensemble

The Riverdance Russian Ensemble combines elegance and grace with verve, dynamism and joyous physicality. The company’s dancers come from a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds. What they have in common is a dedication to dance and many years of training and performance in pursuit of perfection in their chosen art. Working as individual performers, they have come together for Riverdance, where they will share their individual talents and fuse the many elements that have gone into the development of their own unique style of dance.

The Riverdance Irish Dancers
(Principals and Troupe) 1995 to 2011
  • Caitlin Allen
  • Lorraine Gallagher
  • Yvonne McNelis
  • Alejandro Arguelles
  • Michael Pat Gallagher
  • Paula McNelis
  • Craig Ashurst
  • Tracey Gallagher
  • Oisin McQuoid
  • Liam Ayres
  • Fiona Gallagher
  • Siobhan McSharry
  • Jessica Baffa
  • Fiona Gallagher
  • Jemma McSloy
  • Paul Bailey
  • Rachel Galligan
  • Aisling McVeigh
  • Patrick Barnett
  • Michael Galvin
  • Laura Minogue
  • Owen Barrington
  • Siobhan Gargan
  • Susannah Moffitt
  • Sarah Barry
  • Nicholas Gayeski
  • David Moore
  • Tara Barry
  • Oliver Gemoli
  • Derek Moran
  • Dearbhail Bates
  • Yvonne Gibson
  • Cal Moran
  • Orfhlaith Bates
  • Stephen Gillespie
  • Jennifer Moriarty
  • Sean Beglan
  • Susan Ginnety
  • Joe Moriarty
  • Paula Bell
  • Mark Gorman
  • Neil Morrison
  • David Bellwood
  • Paula Goulding
  • Padraic Moyles
  • Michael Belvitch
  • Deirdre Goulding
  • Brian Mullane
  • Gili Ben Ari
  • Freda Gray
  • Laura Mulligan
  • Meaghan Berne
  • James Greenan
  • Niall Mulligan
  • Lisa Berry
  • Sinead Greene
  • Laura Mulqueen
  • Natalie Biggs
  • Rachel Griffin
  • Gerard Mulrey
  • Bobbie Ann Boeing
  • Orla Griffin
  • Rachel Mulvihill
  • Karen Bolton
  • John Grimes
  • Damian Murphy
  • Caroline Boyce
  • John Guerin
  • Lisa Murphy
  • Donna Marie Boyle
  • Lori Hall
  • Eimear Murphy
  • Gavin Boyle
  • Karen Halley
  • Lorcan Murphy
  • Lorna Bradley
  • Deirdre Hamilton
  • Louise Murphy
  • Caroline Brennan
  • Fiona Hand
  • Elaine Murphy-Laps
  • Martin Brennan
  • Katie Hands
  • Sarah Murray
  • Stephen Brennan
  • Joel Hanna
  • Kelly Nagan
  • Keith Brett
  • Kieran Hardiman
  • Chris Naish
  • Claire Brett
  • Peter Harding
  • Kathleen Natter
  • Ciaron Brooks
  • Liam Harney
  • Dawn Nestor
  • Abigail Browne
  • Fiona Harold
  • Arlene Ni Bhaoill
  • Niamh Browne
  • Rachael Harris
  • Mairead Ni Bhriain
  • Florian Bruillet
  • Sarah Harris
  • Riona Ni Fhrighil
  • Maria Buffini
  • Christina Havlin
  • Dara Ni She
  • Michelle Buffini
  • Taka Hayashi
  • Caitlin Nic Gabhann
  • Eugene Burke
  • Bridgit Hayden
  • Sam Nicholas
  • Nina Burke
  • Conor Hayes
  • Richard Nicholl
  • Siobhan Burke
  • Eileen Healy
  • Andrew Nolan
  • Jean Butler
  • Gary Healy
  • Cheryl Nolan
  • Cheryl Nolan
  • Maureen Byrne
  • Jennifer Healy
  • Damien Noone
  • Nicola Byrne
  • Charlene Hegarty
  • Linda Nurney
  • Rachel Byrne
  • Tara Hegarty
  • Arlene O’Brien
  • Steven Byrne
  • Craig Henderson
  • Carla O’Brien
  • Kelley Byrne
  • Enda Heneghan
  • Catherine O’Brien
  • Emma Caden
  • Patricia Henry
  • Derval O’Brien
  • Roisín Cahalan
  • James Hester
  • Sean O’Brien
  • Zephanias Caissie
  • Carol Hetherington
  • Aoibheann O’Brien
  • Karl Callaghan
  • Lisa Hetherington
  • Niamh O’Brien
  • Mary Jo Cange
  • Zoe Heynes
  • Jennifer O’Connell
  • Gemma Cannon
  • Lexa Hickey
  • Kyle O’Connor
  • Nora Cannon
  • Conor Holmes
  • Niamh O’Connor
  • John Carey
  • Miceal Hopkins
  • Oriel O’Dwyer
  • Doireann Carney
  • Sarah Hopkins
  • Emer O’Grady
  • Gemma Carney
  • Kevin Horton
  • David O’Hanlon
  • Ryan Carroll
  • Kerry Houston
  • John O’Hara
  • Sabrina Carty
  • Donnacha Howard
  • Deborah O’Keeffe
  • Cara Casey
  • Maria Hueston
  • Katrina O’Leary
  • Darren Casey
  • Catherine Hughes
  • Mark O’Loughlin
  • Niamh Champion
  • Kellie Hughes
  • Damian O’Neill
  • Orla Clarke
  • Kerry Hutchinson
  • Jason O’Neill
  • Lisa Clarke
  • Jason Hynan
  • Andrew O’Reilly
  • Aoife Clarke
  • Theresa Ierardi
  • Deirdre O’Reilly
  • Teresa Clarkson
  • Kathy Irvine
  • Pauline O’Reilly
  • Suzanne Cleary
  • Nicola Irvine
  • Gerard O’Reilly
  • Yzanne Cloonan
  • Ciara-lee Jenkinson
  • Jason Oremus
  • Shona Cobbe
  • David Johnston
  • Shannon O’Riordan
  • Garrett Coleman
  • William Kanaly
  • Amy O’Rourke
  • Odharnait Colley
  • Kathleen Keady
  • Jordan Osborne
  • Catherine Collins
  • Orla Keane
  • Colm O’Se
  • Maureen Collins
  • Gearoid Keane
  • Cormac O’Se
  • Joey Comerford
  • Sean Keane
  • Suzanne O’Sullivan
  • Donal Conlan
  • Edel Kearney
  • Conor Peden
  • Linda Cawte
  • James Keating
  • Erin Pender
  • Margaret Conneely
  • Kellie Keegan
  • Gary Pender
  • Erin Connolly
  • Orla Keeler
  • Martin Percival
  • Sean Connolly
  • Sean Kelliher
  • Scott Porter
  • Ciaran Connolly
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Ursula Quigley
  • Melissa Convery
  • Shane Kelly
  • Edel Quin
  • Nora Corrigan
  • Alan Kenefick
  • Erin Quinn
  • Caterina Coyne
  • Ciara Kennedy
  • Paddy Quinn
  • Patrick Coyne
  • Mairead Kennedy
  • Joan Rafter
  • Breege Creaven
  • Fiona Kidd
  • Lucia Rafter
  • Maeve Croke
  • Aidan Kilcoyne
  • Nicole Rankin
  • Aileen Cronin
  • Damian Kirk
  • Julie Regan
  • Danielle Crosthwaite
  • Tim Kochka
  • Katie Regan
  • Angela Crowley
  • Ilkka Kuosmanen
  • Sean Regan
  • Shane Cummins
  • Siobhan Lambert
  • Jemma Reid
  • Anne-Marie Cunningham
  • Grace Lavelle
  • Geraldine Reidy
  • Daniel Cunningham
  • Carol Leavy-Joyce
  • Anne Reilly
  • Fiona Cunningham
  • Dearbhla Lennon
  • Margaret Revis
  • Fiona Cunningham
  • Nicola Leonard
  • Danielle Rock
  • Isobel Cunningham
  • Deborah Lewsley
  • Pat Roddy
  • Joanne Cunningham
  • Sinead Lightley
  • Niamh Roddy
  • Andrea Curley
  • Tara Little
  • Aine Rooney
  • Kevin Curran
  • Sabrina Long
  • Aislinn Ryan
  • Noelle Curran
  • Lisa Loran
  • Ann Ryan
  • Sinead Curran
  • Dara Loughrey
  • Aoife Ryan
  • Zara Curtis
  • Meghan Lucey
  • Colin Ryan
  • Paul Cusick
  • Yvonne Lynch
  • Doireann Ryan
  • Christopher Daly
  • Gillian Madders
  • Edel Ryan
  • Brenda Daly
  • Ciaran Maguire
  • Jennifer Ryan
  • Maggie Darlington
  • Darren Maguire
  • Joanne Ryan
  • Erin Davidson
  • Ellie Maguire
  • Justin Ryan
  • Breandan De Gallai
  • Katie Maguire
  • Lisa Ryan
  • Nicola Dempsey
  • Michael Maguire
  • Sheila Ryan
  • Benedict Devlin
  • Yvonne Mahady
  • Gwenno Saunders
  • Damien Doherty
  • Conor Maher
  • Anthony Savage
  • Scott Doherty
  • Pamela Maher
  • Alan Scariff
  • Christina Dolzall
  • Alana Mallon
  • Rosemarie Schade
  • Aileen Donaghy
  • Marcus Maloney
  • Edward Searle
  • Michael Donegan
  • Sarah Manning
  • Anthony Sharkey
  • Michael Donnellan
  • Siobhan Manson
  • Jacintha Sharpe
  • Maeve Donohoe
  • Eileen Martin
  • Jennifer Sharpe
  • Terry Donovan
  • Matt Martin
  • Ryan Sheridan
  • Kathleen Doohan
  • Craig Mason
  • Ronan Sherlock
  • Brendan Dorris
  • Mairead Masuda
  • Kevin Sherry
  • Marty Dowds
  • Tokiko Masuda
  • Brian Shinners
  • Deirdre Dowling
  • Maura McArdle
  • Amy Siegel
  • Rachel Downey
  • Stephen McAteer
  • Glen Simpson
  • Claire Doyle
  • Shane McAvinchey
  • Ronan Slevin
  • Joanne Doyle
  • Fiona McCabe
  • David Smith
  • Lindsay Doyle
  • Sinead McCafferty
  • Conor Smith
  • Shannon Doyle
  • Ryan McCaffrey
  • Lauren Smyth
  • Aisling Drennan
  • Brendan McCarron
  • Callum Spencer
  • Jacqueline Duggan
  • Ryan McCarthy
  • Kelly Stephens
  • Liam Duggan
  • Sorcha McCaul
  • Eulalia Stewart
  • Colin Dunne
  • Claire McCole
  • Martina Stewart
  • Lindsay Ellis
  • Mark McCole
  • Alex Strange
  • Emily Endean
  • Eireann McCormack
  • Kincaid Stringer
  • Niall Ennis
  • Kevin McCormack
  • Brian Swanton
  • Michael Eustace
  • Ronan McCormack
  • Tracey Taaffe
  • Niamh Eustace
  • Alanna McCrudden
  • Orfhlaith Taylor
  • Mairead Joanne Evans
  • Aoife McDarby
  • Ross Thompson
  • Derek Fahy
  • Niamh McDarby
  • Arlene Toal
  • Anthony Fallon
  • Deirdre McDonnell
  • Colin Toland
  • Jillian Farmer
  • Emily McDonnell
  • Anne Toner
  • Attracta Farrell
  • Debbie McGahan
  • Daniel Triggle
  • Dearbhla Fay
  • Caroline McGarrell
  • Chloey Turner
  • Seamus Fearon
  • Dervla McGee
  • Claire Usher
  • Maeve Fearon
  • Mary McGeough
  • JR Vancheri
  • Ciara Fenlon
  • Ciara McGillan
  • Ronan Wall
  • Anthony Ferguson
  • Holly McGlinchey
  • Eithne Walls
  • Patricia Finnegan
  • Sarah McGowan
  • Raymond Walls
  • Katie Flannery
  • Christina McGrath
  • Regina Walsh
  • Michael Flatley
  • Katie McGrath
  • Justin Walsh
  • Eddie Flynn
  • Declan McHale
  • Francis Ward
  • Sean Flynn
  • Nicole McKeever
  • Leanda Ward
  • Maryanne Fogarty
  • Joanne McKenna
  • Eileen Westernacher
  • Kristyn Fontanella
  • Dane McKiernan
  • Lynsey Wilkinson
  • JoEllen Forsyth
  • Michelle McKitterick
  • Ashley Wilkinson
  • Alan Fox
  • Sinead McLaughlin
  • Margaret Williams
  • Sean Fox
  • Gregory McMahon
  • Nicole Williams
  • Bobby Fox
  • Paula McManus
  • Jillian Winke
  • Barry John Gallagher
  • Claire McManus
  • Stephanie Wright
  • Catherine Ann Gallagher
  • Jason McMorrow
  • Nicholas Yenson
  • Clare Gallagher
  • Jonathan McMorrow
  • George Bernard Gallagher
  • Claire McNelis
The Riverdance Musicians
  • Kennedy Aitchison
  • Carolyn Goodwin
  • Albert Niland
  • Mark Alfred
  • Kevin Hanafin
  • Johnny Norton
  • Nicky Bailey
  • Robbie Harris
  • Tomas O’Briain
  • Conor Barry
  • Tommy Hayes
  • Brian O’Brien
  • Ivan Barvich
  • David Hayes
  • John O’Brien
  • Matt Bashford
  • Noel Heraty
  • Mick O’Brien
  • Stephen Benson
  • Jim Higgins
  • Mairtin O’Connor
  • Paul Booth
  • Stephen Hogan
  • Martin O’Hare
  • Maire Breathnach
  • John Hogan
  • Colm O’Foghlu
  • Fran Breen
  • Steve Holloway
  • Athena O’Loughlin
  • Lloyd Byrne
  • Eileen Ivers
  • Eoghan O’Neill
  • Stuart Calvert
  • Stuart Calvert
  • Sarah James
  • Brendan O’Sullivan
  • Nollaig Casey
  • Don Johnson
  • Nikola Parov
  • Robbie Casserly
  • Julian Kelly
  • Peyo Peev
  • Brian Connor
  • Alan Kelly
  • Georgi Petrov
  • Zoe Conway
  • Toby Kelly
  • Robin Pitre
  • Ewan Cowley
  • Elizabeth Knowles
  • Amy Platt
  • Joe Csibi
  • Alexis MacIsaac
  • Brendan Power
  • Luke Daniels
  • Pat Mangan
  • Damien Quinn
  • Matt Darriau
  • David Mann
  • Andrew Reilly
  • Nigel Davey
  • Patrick Martin
  • Martin C. Reilly
  • Fionan de Barra
  • Tommy Martin
  • Marie Reilly
  • Dan Dorrance
  • Maria Mason
  • Desmond Reynolds
  • Mark Dougherty
  • Declan Masterson
  • Guy Rickarby
  • David Downes
  • Martin McCormack
  • Rafael Riqueni
  • Brendan Doyle
  • Gemma McCrisken
  • Nicky Scott
  • Zac Drummond
  • Johnny McDonagh
  • Danny Sheridan
  • Rose Duffy
  • David McGauran
  • Mikie Smyth
  • Patrick Dunne
  • Ivan McKenna
  • Theodosii Spassov-Iordanov
  • Noel Eccles
  • John McSherry
  • Davy Spillane
  • Kenneth Edge
  • Ian McTigue
  • Tony Steele
  • Eilis Egan
  • Mel Mercier
  • Cathal Synnott
  • Chris Eminizer
  • Maria Millar
  • Derrick Tallon
  • Mairin Fahy
  • Des Moore
  • Des Moore
  • Kelvin Thomson
  • Niamh Fahy
  • Paul Moore
  • Cillian Vallely
  • Ray Fean
  • Paul Moran
  • Kevin Walsh
  • Mark Fineberg
  • Frankie Mulcahy
  • David Weiss
  • Eamonn Galldubh
  • Darragh Murphy
  • John Whelan
  • Colm Gannon
  • Donal Murphy
  • Brian Whelan
  • Carl Geraghty
  • Eoghan Neff
  • Pete Whinnett
  • Rob Geraghty
  • Flaithrí Neff
  • Dave Whyte
  • Ivan Gilliland
  • Aoife Ni Bhriain
  • Ivan Goff
  • Niamh Ni Charra
Anuna & the Riverdance Singers
(Soloists & Choir Members)
  • Robert Archibald
  • Liz Foster
  • Conor Mellon
  • Catherine Bamford
  • Brioni Gallagher
  • John Molloy
  • Miriam Blennerhasset
  • Fionnuala Gill
  • Kendal Mooney
  • Richard Boyle
  • Julie Gillan
  • Jeremy Morgan
  • Denise Brennan
  • Hayley Griffiths
  • Simon Morgan
  • Brenda Brooks
  • Gary Haas
  • Maire Mullarkey
  • Anne Buckley
  • Caron Hannigan
  • Ann Myler
  • Sarah Burgess
  • Peter Harney
  • Ciaran Nagle
  • Derek Byrne
  • Gary Harpur
  • Caroline Newman
  • Eoin Cannon
  • Kate Harvey
  • Mairead Ni Fhaolain
  • Amy Carrick
  • Laine Henderson
  • Maeve Ni Mhaolchatha
  • Paul Carroll
  • Joanna Higgins
  • Lorraine Nolan
  • Jonathan Carter
  • Lynn Hilary
  • Tara O’Beirne
  • Sara Clancy
  • Alison Hill
  • Robert O’Connor
  • David Clarke
  • Andrew Holden
  • Ann O’Kane
  • Derek Collins
  • Darren Holden
  • Denise O’Kane
  • Paddy Connolly
  • Patrick Hughes
  • Curtis Olds
  • Aidan Conway
  • Morgan James
  • Kenneth O’Regan
  • Sean Cooper
  • Tim Jay
  • Tony O’Sullivan
  • Lorraine Cotter
  • Pam Jolley
  • Avril O’Toole
  • Morgan Crowley
  • Helen Kelly
  • Gareth Patterson
  • Jennifer Curran
  • Lisa Kelly
  • Cary Posavitz
  • Tony Davoren
  • Colette Kidney
  • Amy Rivard
  • Esther Dee
  • George Komsky
  • Michael Sands
  • Kira Deegan
  • Maire Lang
  • James Sasser
  • Roisin Dempsey
  • Emer Lang
  • Suzanne Savage
  • Brian Dunphy
  • Kay Lynch
  • Mary Sexton
  • Julian Edwards
  • Jackie Mahon
  • Sherry Steele
  • Marc Ellery
  • Bernadette Mahony
  • Naoise Stuart-Kelly
  • Kathyrn Else
  • John Matthews
  • Ben Stubbs
  • Susan Facer
  • Niamh McCormack
  • Roisin Sullivan
  • Joanna Fagan
  • Catriona McEleney
  • Jessica Summers
  • Caitriona Fallon
  • Ian McGlynn
  • Colette Todd
  • Elizabeth Farnum
  • John McGlynn
  • Fiona Wight
  • Julie Feeney
  • Robert Archibald
  • Liz Foster
  • Conor Mellon
  • Catherine Bamford
  • Brioni Gallagher
  • John Molloy
  • Miriam Blennerhasset
  • Fionnuala Gill
  • Kendal Mooney
  • Richard Boyle
  • Julie Gillan
  • Jeremy Morgan
  • Denise Brennan
  • Hayley Griffiths
  • Simon Morgan
  • Brenda Brooks
  • Gary Haas
  • Maire Mullarkey
  • Anne Buckley
  • Caron Hannigan
  • Ann Myler
  • Sarah Burgess
  • Peter Harney
  • Ciaran Nagle
  • Derek Byrne
  • Gary Harpur
  • Caroline Newman
  • Eoin Cannon
  • Kate Harvey