Meet the Cast

Allana-Mallon

Alana Mallon

Lead Dancer
Ciara-Sexton

Ciara Sexton

Lead Dancer
Emma-Warren

Emma Warren

Lead Dancer
Stephen-Brennan

Stephen Brennan

Lead Dancer
Bobby-Hodges

Bobby Hodges

Lead Dancer
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Ryan McCaffrey

Lead Dancer
Jason-O'Neill

Jason O’Neill

Lead Dancer
Oreilly

Andrew O’Reilly

Dance Captain, Irish Dance Troupe
William-Bryant

William Bryant

Irish Dance Troupe
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Nicola Dempsey

Irish Dance Troupe
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Katie Hands

Irish Dance Troupe
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Christina Havlin

Irish Dance Troupe
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James Keating

Irish Dance Troupe
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Shaun Kelly

Irish Dance Troupe
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Aoife Kennedy

Irish Dance Troupe
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John Lonergan

Irish Dance Troupe
Siobhan-McSharry

Siobhan McSharry

Irish Dance Troupe
Ceili-Moore

Ceili Moore

Irish Dance Troupe
Louise-O'Sullivan

Louise O’Sullivan

Irish Dance Troupe
Natasia-Petracic

Gianna Petracic

Irish Dance Troupe
Gianna-Petracic

Natasia Petracic

Irish Dance Troupe
Peter-Willson

Peter Wilson

Irish Dance Troupe
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Matt Bashford

Riverdance Band
David-Lombardi

David Lombardi

Fiddle
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Dave McGauran

Saxophone
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Rocio Montoya

Flamenco
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Kelly Isaac

Tapper
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Michael Wood

Baritone, Tapper
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Ana Turcan

Dance Captain, Russian Ensemble
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IIya Burtsev

Russian Ensemble
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Evgenii Gurianov

Russian Ensemble
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Iana Hajdau

Russian Ensemble
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Eugeniu Turcan

Russian Ensemble
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Anna Vedenina

Russian Ensemble
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Maggie Darlington

Lead Dancer
Chloey-Turner

Chloey Turner

Lead Dancer
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Lauren Smyth

Lead Dancer
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Siobhán Manson

Lead Dancer
Brendan-Dorris

Brendan Dorris

Dance Captain, Irish Dance Troupe
James-Greenan

James Greenan

Irish Dance Troupe, Lead Dancer
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Callum Spencer

Irish Dance Troupe, Lead Dancer
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Peta Anderson

Irish Dance Troupe
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Tom Brosnan

Irish Dance Troupe
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Ellen Bonner

Irish Dance Troupe
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Darren Casey

Irish Dance Troupe
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Orlagh Carty

Irish Dance Troupe
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Alexander Cross

Irish Dance Troupe
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Blaine Donovan

Irish Dance Troupe
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Mitchell Hodges

Irish Dance Troupe
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Miriam Lee

Irish Dance Troupe
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Meghan Lucey

Irish Dance Troupe
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Roisin Lyons

Irish Dance Troupe
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Fred Nguyen

Irish Dance Troupe
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Patrick O’Mahony

Irish Dance Troupe
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Brian Shinners

Irish Dance Troupe
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Shaunessy Sinnett

Irish Dance Troupe
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Kincaid Stringer

Irish Dance Troupe
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Sarah Woods

Irish Dance Troupe
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Patrick Mangan

Musical Director, Riverdance Band
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Mark Alfred

Riverdance Band
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Isaac Alderson

Riverdance Band
Darren-Hatch

Darren Hatch

Riverdance Band
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Marita Martinez-Rey

Flamenco
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Natia Mangan

Dance Captain, Russian Ensemble
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Katrina Meske

Russian Ensemble
Alexander-Safonov

Alexander Safonov

Russian Ensemble
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DeWitt Fleming Jr

Tapper
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Dharmesh Patel

Tapper
Alana-Mallon
Alana Mallon

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Dancing from the age of three, within months Alana had already won the first of many championships. She progressed to win various competitions throughout the UK and Ireland, consistently ranking in the top three at the All-Scotland and British Nationals and the top ten at the World Championships.

With Riverdance, Alana has toured far and wide and given exceptional performances in The Kremlin in Moscow and on the Great Wall of China.

Alana is the only Scottish dancer ever to perform lead in Riverdance.

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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.

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Emma Warren

Lead Dancer/Irish Dance Troupe

Dublin-born Emma began Irish dance at a very young age with the Elaine Kavanagh School of Irish Dancing. Highlights of her career to date include touring as a dancer and lead vocalist with Riverdance, appearing in Prodijig’s Irish and UK tour of Footstorm. Emma was a finalist on BBC’s Over the Rainbow – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Dorothy. Most recently she’s become a lead dancer with Heartbeat of Home touring China and North America to great acclaim and completed a Bachelor of Arts Music degree. Emma is honoured to be joining the Riverdance lead team in its celebration year and would like to thank her family for their support with best wishes all cast and crew in this amazing production.

Stephen-Brennan
Stephen Brennan

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

From England, Stephen is a World Champion Irish dancer. He joined Riverdance in 2005 and to date has performed extensively across twenty-eight countries as well as thirty-five States of America. Most recently, Stephen has toured with Heartbeat of Home. Stephen holds a First Class Honours degree in Architecture and is a qualified Irish dancing teacher. Stephen lists the absolute highlight of his career as performing the lead role in Riverdance for his parents for the first time.

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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.

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Ryan McCaffrey

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Ryan McCaffrey began dancing at the age of three for the Irwin School, Calgary. At sixteen, Ryan moved to London to perform in the West End production of Dancing on Dangerous Ground. After completing the run, Ryan joined the cast of Riverdance on Broadway. He later went on become the Principal Dancer and Dance Captain of Riverdance’s touring productions. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications, Ryan joined the cast of Heartbeat of Home as a Featured Dancer. He is now delighted to be returning to Riverdance.

Jason-O'Neill
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.

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Andrew O’Reilly

Irish Dance Troupe / Dance Captain

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 Dance Captain and back on tour with Riverdance

William-Bryant
William Bryant

Irish Dance Troupe

William began dancing at the age of four with the Halloran School of Dance in Sydney, Australia. He trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and Irish dance. He has played lead roles in musicals such as West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and Oliver! and appeared on the Australian television series Dance Academy. William has also been successful at major competitions worldwide winning National and State titles in Australia. He has performed in Celtic Illusion and toured internationally with Heartbeat of Home. He has studied for a Bachelor of Music at University and is an accomplished musician. William is thrilled to be now touring with Riverdance.

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Nicola Dempsey

Irish Dance Troupe

Nicola began Irish dancing at age eleven in London, placing highly in regional, national and international competitions including the world championships. She started dancing professionally 8 years ago, performing in many shows including Lord of the Dance. She began touring with Riverdance in 2011 and hasn’t looked back enjoying tours throughout North and South America, China and Europe.

Nicola is a qualified TCRG registered with An Coimisiun and is also an accomplished flautist with a BMUS Hons degree. The 20th anniversary UK tour is very special as Nicola will be performing at London’s Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith where she first saw Riverdance in 1996.

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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.

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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.

James-Keating
James Keating

Irish Dance Troupe

James started Irish dancing at the tender age of 7, under the tuition of Michael Kenny of The Kenny Academy, Birmingham, before moving on to compete for The Doherty Academy, Coventry and finally The Carey Academy, Birmingham.

His achievements as an Irish dancer include placing regularly inside the top 10 at the World Championships, as well winning many gold medals in team competitions. It has always been a dream from James to join Riverdance, ever since he saw the show as a young boy. He feels privileged and overjoyed to be a part of this world famous production.

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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. At the beginning of 2014 he danced in his home county with the new production of Titanic Dance.

He has travelled to Australia, New Zealand and China with Riverdance, performed three consecutive seasons in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and most recently completed their 20th anniversary tour of Europe.

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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
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.

Siobhan-McSharry
Siobhan McSharry

Irish Dance Troupe

Siobhan began dancing when she was only 3 years of age, dancing competitively under the instruction of Bernard Hynes, Grainne Feely and original Riverdancer Dearbhaile Bates. She won many Leinster titles as well as numerous all Ireland and world medals. Siobhan began her professional dancing career with Rhythm of the Dance before leaving to complete her degree in Primary School Teacher and TCRG exam in teaching Irish Dancing. Siobhan is both delighted and honoured to receive the opportunity to join the Riverdance cast for the 20th Anniversary Tour.

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Ceili Moore

Irish Dance Troupe

Sydney-born Ceili has trained in music, drama, Irish, ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics under the guidance of Fiona-Gaye Moore, Geraldine French, Bernadette Langshaw-Clarke and Bronagh Kelly. She has won several major titles including the Australian Nationals, North American Nationals, All Ireland and World Championships in Irish Dance. At the age of 18, Ceili was delighted to begin her professional career with dance show, Heartbeat of Home which after its debut in Dublin, Ceili toured with internationally. Her other career highlights include touring with Footstorm by the creators of Prodijig, featuring in the television series Dancing Down Under and The Wiggles, and performing in Candy Man the Musical and The Military Tattoo. She would like to say thank you to her family and dancing teachers who have been great role models and support during her dance career.

Louise-O'Sullivan
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.

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Gianna Petracic

Irish Dance Troupe

From Sydney Australia, Gianna attended the Halloran School of Dance training in Irish Dance, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre. Obtaining several State and Australian National titles and numerous North American Championship medals in Irish dance she also studied 2 years part-time at the Australian Ballet School.

Gianna first performed in the Australian production, Celtic Illusion. Though it was Heartbeat of Home which became her first international show touring in Dublin, China and North America. Soon after she joined the cast of Footstorm for their China tour in 2014. She also has a strong passion for film making and photography. Gianna is very grateful to be joining Riverdance during its 20th anniversary year.

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Natasia Petracic

Irish Dance Troupe

Australian born, Natasia began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in all styles with a strong focus on Irish dance and Classical Ballet. Throughout her dancing career Natasia obtained 7 National Irish dance titles whilst training as a Ballerina with the Australian Ballet School. This led her to be chosen as an original cast member in the international dance show Heartbeat of Home (2013), where she was able to showcase her versatility on their worldwide debut tour. She also toured as lead in Prodijig’s show Footstorm in China.

Natasia is delighted to now be performing in Riverdance, the show that inspired her to pursue Irish dance.

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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.

Matt-Bashford
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.

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David Lombardi

David Lombardi grew up in a musical family in Italy where he studied violin and viola at the “Vivaldi Conservatory of Music”. His passion for world folk music, particularly Irish and Scottish traditional music, brought him to Ireland, where he graduated from the “Irish World Academy” with a BA in Irish Traditional Music and Dance. Most recently, David studied at the “Royal College of Music” in Stockholm where he completed his Master’s degree in World Music.

David has toured extensively in Europe, India, Nepal, the Reunion Island and Mauritius, and has performed at high-profile festivals such as “Celtic Connections” in Glasgow and the “Temple Bar Trad Fest” in Dublin.

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Dave McGauran

Saxophone

Dave is a graduate of NUI Maynooth, where he received a BMus and a MA in Music (Composition). A multi instrumentalist he plays Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano. Dave was musical director and co-orchestrator for the world premiere production of Goodnight Mr. Tom: The Musical in November 2008 in Dublin. He has also worked as musical director for Irish productions of Sweeney Todd, Thoroughly Modern
Millie, Rent, The Pirates of Penzance, Mack and Mabel and Crazy for You to name a few. In 2013 he received the award for Best Musical Director from the Association of Irish Musical Societies, for his work on Sweeney Todd.

In 2013 Dave became a co-founder of the highly successful Music for Fun Orchestra, which was set up to encourage music education for all ages in a fun and engaging way. The Orchestra, for which Dave is both arranger and conductor, performs regularly in concert venues around Ireland. Dave has played all over Asia, Europe and America as lead saxophonist with Riverdance, as well as appearing in the DVD Riverdance: Live in Beijing.

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Rocio Montoya

Rocio started dancing at age 4 in Granada, Spain. At 21, she graduated from El Conservatorio Profesional de Danza, Granada and began working professionally with various flamenco companies and artists including Compañia Andaluza de Danza, Flamencos en Route, Mario Maya, and Rafaela Carrasco.

Rocio has created her own works as well. In 2006, she premiered Acordes Pintados con Palabras and currently has an ongoing show Alhambra Baila. Rocio has performed all over the world as a featured flamenco soloist in Riverdance and most recently added the international dance show Heartbeat of Home to her credits as a flamenco artist/choreographer.

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Kelly Isaac

Lead Tapper

Kelly Isaac started tap dancing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area at the age of 4. By the age of 13, he began dancing professionally. Since then, Kelly has had the experience of sharing his passion for tap dancing and teaching to over 25 countries worldwide. Along with Riverdance, Mr. Isaac’s credits have included “A Stormy Weather Review”, “National Tap Dance Day with Gregory Hines”, and “A Man For All Seasons… Carnegie Hall’s Tribute to Dudley Moore”. His inclusion in the cast of the Broadway hit “Bring in ‘ Da Noise, Bring in’ Da Funk” gave Kelly the opportunity to work closely with some of the greatest tap dancers of our day. Following in their legacy, Kelly has dedicated himself to sharing his love and knowledge of tap dance everywhere he goes.

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Michael Wood

Tapper/Baritone

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.

Ana-Turcan
Ana Turcan

Riverdance Russian Ensemble/ Dance Captain

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.

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IIya Burtsev

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.

Evgenii-Gurianov
Evgenii Gurianov

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.

Iana-Hajdau
Iana Hajdau

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.

Eugeniu-Turcan
Eugeniu Turcan

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.

Anna-Vedenina
Anna Vedenina

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.

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Maggie Darlington

Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe

Maggie  began dancing at the age of three with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance in California, United States under the instruction of Maire O’Connoll. She went on to win four North American Championships, two All-Ireland Championships and in 2007 won the World Irish Dancing Championships, and is one of the few Americans to win all three titles in the same year.

In 2010 Maggie performed the lead role in Busch Gardens’ production Celtic Fyre. She then went on to originate the lead female role in Battle of the Dance, and joined the cast of Riverdance in 2011.  She is delighted to now be performing lead with the show.

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Chloey Turner

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.

Lauren-Smyth
Lauren Smyth

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

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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.

Brendan-Dorris
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
James Greenan

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.

 

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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
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.

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Tom Brosnan
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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.

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Darren Casey

Irish Dance Troupe

Darren Casey started dancing at the age of eight for the world renowned Scoil Rince Mona ni Rodaigh in his hometown of Dundalk, Co.Louth in Ireland. After a successful competitive career including during which he won gold in Ulster, All Ireland and World Championships, Darren fulfilled his lifetime dream when he joined Riverdance in the summer of 2008, he toured worldwide with Riverdance for three years. Darren was also part of dance group PRODIJIG, who won the TV hit show ‘Got To Dance’. Darren is now delighted to be back on stage and touring with Riverdance!

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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.

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Alexander Cross

Alexander, from Sydney Australia has been dancing since the age of 7. He has trained in various styles with ‘Halloran School of Dance’ including Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz, leading him to perform lead roles in numerous productions including ‘The Sound of Music’ and Oliver’. Alexander began his international show career with Busch Gardens ‘Celtic Fyre’ and has since toured as a Lead Dancer with ‘Dancer Masters’ across Europe and was an original cast member in the Ballet Musical ‘Tristan & Yseult’. Alexander has also appeared in the Television series ‘Dance Academy’ and studied a ‘Bachelor of Arts in Dance’ at the University of New South Wales. Alexander would like to thank and dedicate each performance to his family who have supported his dream of performing with Riverdance since he was a child.

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Blaine Donovan

Blaine Donovan started learning Irish Dancing from the age of 7 and went on to compete in major competitions around the world, gaining titles in the World, All-Ireland, National and Regional Championships.  He became a professional dancer in 2011 and since then has danced with ‘The Chieftains’, ‘Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire’, ‘Cherish the Ladies’ and ‘Heartbeat of Home’. Blaine was under the instruction of Celtic Steps and now teaches for the same school. He also works in choreography when he is not touring around the world.

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Mitchell Hodges

Born in Bristol, Mitchell Hodges began dancing at the age of 4. After training with the Carey Academy in Birmingham he went on to attain several international titles including  Great Britain, All Scotland  and four consecutive North American championships. His biggest achievement to date was being crowned the U18 Men’s World Champion in London 2014. Mitchell is thrilled to begin his professional career with Riverdance on their 20th Anniversary Tour.

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Miriam Lee

Miriam began dancing at the age of three with the Lee-Byrne Academy, Dublin. Over her competitive years she has won Dublin, Leinster, All England, All Scotland, Great Britain, All Ireland and World Championship titles.

In 2011, Miriam deferred her university degree to start her touring career with Irish Celtic. She was one of the original cast members and was selected as Dance Captain of the troupe in 2014. Miriam has also toured with both Gaelforce Dance and Dance Masters, where she performed the lead role. In 2012 she was part of Breandán De Gallaí’s show – Roots of Ireland. She has also been a member of Damhsa Irish Dance Company since 2010 and performs weekly at the Belvedere Irish Nights in Dublin and at corporate events throughout Ireland and abroad. In 2014 Miriam was selected as a choreographer for studio2stage – a performance experience for aspiring young dancers.

Miriam is delighted to join the cast of Riverdance for their 20th Anniversary Tour.

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Meghan Lucey

Irish Dance Troupe

Dancing since Seven, Meghan trained with the Pender-Keady Academy in CT achieving many titles including National Champion, All Scotland Champion and 6 time New England Regional Champion. She also placed as high as 2nd in the World Championships. Meghan has since become a certified Irish Dance teacher with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin.

She joined the cast of Riverdance in 2007, touring throughout North America; highlights include Radio City Music Hall in NYC and Riverdance: On Ice. She has also toured with Cherish the Ladies, was a principle dancer in Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens, dance captain for Ireland: The Show, performed with the highly esteemed Irish Tenor Michael Londra and featured on America’s Got Talent as part of Hammerstep.

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Roisin Lyons

Roisin began dancing at the age of three. She attended the O Shea School of Irish Dancing in her early years and the O Donoghue school of Irish Dance in her later years. She has attended over twenty major championships including the World and All Ireland Championships placing in the top 10 every year. At the age of twenty she joined ‘Lord of the Dance’, performing alongside  Michael Flatley in 2010 for his return tour. She has toured with Lord of the Dance for the last three years taking up a lead roll known as ‘Morrighan’ in 2012. She also danced with many different shows including ‘To Dance On The Moon’ and ‘Women of Ireland’.

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Fred Nguyen

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Fred has been dancing since he was 9 with the De Danaan School of Irish Dance. Throughout his dancing career, he has been crowned 8 time Western Canadian Champion, 2 time North American National Champion, and placed as high as 2nd at the Worlds and the All Ireland’s Irish Dance Championship. He has taken part in performing at  Awards Ceremony as well as providing entertainment for the Irish Pavilion during the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013, Fred began his professional career with Heartbeat of Home, and is now more than thrilled to be taking part in touring with Riverdance.

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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.

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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.

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Shaunessy Sinnett

Shaunessy Sinnett is from Goderich, Canada, and has been dancing since the age of four. After training as a ballerina, she began competing in other styles like jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre, acro-gymnastics, and Irish dance. In her first three years as a professional Irish dancer, Shaunessy toured extensively in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She’s been a lead dancer with Celtic Crossroads, and was part of Universal Music’s release of the show on CD, DVD, and television. Recently, she was part of the inaugural cast of Heartbeat of Home and enjoyed being part of world premiere shows in Dublin, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, and Boston. Shaunessy is thrilled to be joining Riverdance for their 20th Anniversary Tour. It is a dream come true to be part of the show that inspired her to become a professional dancer!

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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.

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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. She 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 she 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.

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Patrick Mangan

Fiddle

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.”

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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.

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Isaac Alderson

Isaac Alderson was born in Chicago, where he took up the uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle at a young age. After moving to New York City, at 19, he won the All-Ireland Senior Championships on all three of his instruments, the first and only American to claim such an achievement. Major performance credits include two years with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, five years with the show Celtic Crossroads, four years and counting with the band Comas, membership in the orchestra of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship, and two highly acclaimed albums with his band, The Yanks. He has performed across the US, Canada, Ireland, Europe, and South America.

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Darren Hatch

Darren Hatch studied the saxophone at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and completed both the Bachelor of Music programme and the Performance Masters programme. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the DIT Symphony Orchestra and the DIT Wind Ensemble and to date he has performed with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Hibernian Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Darren has a keen interest in Chamber Music and is a member of the Chatham Saxophone Quartet, winners of Music Network’s Young Musicwide award 2012. The quartet has had new music written for it by many leading Irish composers such as Brian Byrne, Brian Irvine, and Kenneth Edge.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DeWitt Fleming Jr

Tapper

DeWitt Fleming Jr. is an acclaimed tap dancer, and has performed and taught throughout the United States and abroad. TV: Boardwalk Empire(Eldon Greene), Tours: Riverdance (Lead Tapper/Baritone Soloist), Cirque Du Soliel’s Banana Shpeel(Ensemble, featured tapper). Off- Bwy stage credits include: Cotton Club Parade(Lead/ Nicholas Brother), Dance Bojangles Dance(Bojangles), Highlights in Jazz, Tribute to Tap Legends. Regional: Alliance Theater’s Sophisticated Ladies(Lead).

DeWitt has danced as a soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and with artist such as Wynton Marsalis, Marvin Hamlisch, Christian McBride, and Wycliffe Gordon to name a few. New York Times says he is, “a non stop source of rhythmic variety and surprise…. sparks seem to fly from those shoes!” DeWitt is proud to be a Capezio athlete. www.dewittflemingjr.com

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Dharmesh Patel

Tapper

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.

The Riverdance Irish Dancers
(Principals and Troupe) 1995 to 2011
The Riverdance Musicians
Anuna & the Riverdance Singers
(Soloists & Choir Members)