Lead Dancer / Irish Dance Troupe
Maggie began dancing with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance in California. She won four North American Championships, two All-Ireland Championships and in 2007 won the World Irish Dancing Championships. In 2010 Maggie performed the lead role in Busch Gardens’ production Celtic Fyre and originated the lead female role in Battle of the Dance. She joined the cast of Riverdance in 2011.
Julia began dancing at age six under the instruction of the Raney sisters at Tara Academy in Seattle, USA. She competed successfully locally and internationally until 2014 when she joined the cast of Riverdance for a tour of the UK and Switzerland. She has been performing with the company ever since including tours of Europe, Asia, North America and Ireland. Julia is thrilled to be performing the lead role in this remarkable and much-loved show. When Julia is not touring, she teaches dance in Seattle and would like to thank her family, teachers and fellow cast members for their inspiration and continued support.
Australian Gianna attended the Halloran School of Dance. She trained in Irish Dance, Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Obtaining several Championship titles in Irish Dance, she also studied ballet part-time at the Australian Ballet School. Gianna’s career came to life when she joined the original cast of the international touring show Heartbeat of Home. Soon after she joined the cast of Prodijig’s show Footstorm. Her Riverdance journey began in 2014 on the 20th Anniversary tour in the UK and has since toured across three continents. Gianna is delighted to be performing the lead in Riverdance.
Australian born, Natasia began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in all styles with a strong focus on Classical Ballet and Irish Dance. Throughout her dancing career Natasia obtained 7 National Irish dance titles whilst training as a Ballerina with the Australian Ballet School. This all led her to be chosen as an original cast member in the debut world tour of Heartbeat of Home (2013). Since then she has continued on to perform as a lead with Heartbeat of Home (2015) as well as leading Prodijig’s show Footstorm in China (2014). After joining Riverdance in 2014, Natasia is delighted to now be performing the leading role in the show that inspired her to pursue Irish dance.
Lead Dancer/Irish Dance Troupe
Lauren was born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland and she began Irish dancing with the St. Patrick’s School of Irish Dance. She won many regional championships including the Ulster and Northern Ireland titles numerous times. Lauren transferred to the Reilly School of Irish Dance where her success in competition continued. She joined Rhythm of the Dance in 2007 where she performed the lead role for three years. In 2010 she then progressed to fulfil her lifelong ambition in joining Riverdance.
English-born, Chloey started Irish dancing with with Jenny Flower at the Matthews Academy and has competed at national and international feiseanna, qualifying for the world championships every year. Having joined Riverdance in 2008, Chloey has touring Europe, Japan and China and one of her highlights was performing at Radio City, New York. Chloey is a keen athlete and a qualified personal fitness trainer, She loves to motivate and help people achieve their personal goals.
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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. He 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.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Will trained with the Halloran Dance School in Irish, ballet, contemporary and tap from the age of four. Will performed lead roles in musical productions and made regular appearances on TV. At University he studied a Bachelor of Music and is an accomplished guitarist. An ambitious athlete, Will is studying personal training on and off tour. Following an impressive competitive Irish dance career, placing top 3 internationally and winning state and national titles, he then went on to perform with Celtic Illusion and Heartbeat of Home. In 2014 he joined Riverdance, touring over ten different countries, and is thrilled to be joining the lead team.
Born in Belfast, Brendan studied dance at the Paul Wilson School of Dancing and the Hyland School of Dancing. He performed the lead role in a production of Heartquest in Melbourne Australia in 2002. Brendan has been placed in the top five in the World Championships and top three in the All Ireland Championships and has obtained a Politics/History Degree from Queen’s University Belfast. He performed lead roles with the O’Shea’s Busch Gardens’ productions of Irish Thunder and Emerald Beat, before joining Riverdance in 2007.
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 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.
From Warwickshire, England, Callum danced with the Matthews Academy. He consistently placed in the top ten at World Championships and top five at the All Ireland Championships and other majors. Callum has appeared in the RTÉ TV series Dance Off and was chosen as lead for Noctu in Ireland and off-Broadway. He toured the USA, Canada, Europe and Russia with Lord of the Dance before joining Riverdance in the summer of 2011.
Brandon began dancing at the age of 4 with the Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance located in Cleveland, Ohio. In sixteen years of competitive dancing, Brandon became a five time Mid American champion, National champion, and placed 6th at the World championships. After participating in the 2015 Riverdance Summer School, Brandon began touring with Riverdance at the age of 19. Brandon is privileged to be in the show that inspired him to begin Irish dancing and looks forwards to continue to share his passion with audiences around the world. Brandon would also like to thank the family, friends, and teachers that allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream.
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 for the last seven years and has juggled this with her studies, graduating with an honours degree in Accounting and Finance in 2012. Ellen has toured Europe, Asia, Canada and the The USA with Noctu, Irish Celtic, Heartbeat of Home and Riverdance. She was Assistant Dance Captain with Heartbeat of Home and is currently Dance Captain with Riverdance. Ellen is delighted and very privileged to be following her dream and touring the world with Riverdance.
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Kieran danced with the Halloran school of dance in Sydney since the age of five. He is trained in many forms of dance including, classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre and Irish. He is also a talented guitarist. Kieran has travelled extensively to compete in Irish dancing competitions and has achieved countless podium places, including top 2 at State and National level. Kieran was a cast in the movie Dance Academy and has filmed with world renowned performers ‘The Wiggles’. After touring internationally with shows such as Celtic Illusion and playing lead roles in productions such as Grease and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kieran attended the Riverdance Summer School and was subsequently offered a position in the cast.
Ciara Callanan Ryan, a BA Irish Music and Dance graduate from University of Limerick, began dancing at the age of three under the instruction of her mother Anne Callanan. When Anne finished teaching in 2001, Ciara continued learning from Michael Ryan. She has since toured extensively with Dance shows such as Ragus – the show and Titanicdance. She has also shared the stage with such bands as The Chieftians, De Dannan and Téada. Ciara is seven times Provincial Champion, former European Champion and she is a World Championship medal holder for eight consecutive years. She also enjoys playing the harp, whistle and piano and has traveled the world performing with her father Sean Ryan. It has been a lifelong dream for Ciara to perform with Riverdance and she is delighted to be part of the company.
Irish Dance Troupe
Orlagh Carty is 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 21st anniversary tour.
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!
Xander, 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. Xander began his international show career in 2013 with the Busch Gardens show ‘Celtic Fyre’, and has since toured in various productions across the globe including the world famous Son Amar in Spain and as a Lead Dancer with GFD Promotion’s . Xander has also appeared in the Australian Television series Dance Academy and has studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of New South Wales. Other then Irish dancing Xander has a great interest in film production and photography and runs a YouTube channel. Xander is very proud that he continues to live his dream of being in Riverdance.
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Amy-Mae Dolan from Tyrone began dancing at the age of 2 years old. She currently dances for the fantastic Carson Kennedy School in Belfast Northern Ireland. Amy-Mae has won many major titles including the World Irish Dance Championships. In July 2016 Amy-Mae completed the Riverdance Summer School which she feels was one of the most rewarding and educational weeks of her life. Amy-Mae is delighted to achieve her lifelong dream – performing with Riverdance and would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for all their love and support.
Michael Gardiner started dancing in Denver, Colorado when he was 4 years old. At the age of 10, Michael and his family moved to Galway, Ireland and he, along with his older sister Anna and younger brother Matthew, joined the renowned Hession School. Michael went on to win every major including the All Irelands and World Championships, with a historic world title win in the same year as his brother Matthew. Michael has toured with the Kilfenora Ceili Band and is a member of the ‘Fusion Fighters’ and Trad on the Prom. Along with his younger brother Matthew, ‘The Gardiner Brothers’ preformed their famous ‘Smooth Criminal’ piece on Irelands biggest TV show, The Late Late Show this year. He loves choreographing new material and show pieces and has started teaching with the Hession School and Trinity Academy. Michael is an Architecture student at the University of Limerick and is an avid lover of trad music! He is delighted to have fulfilled a lifelong dream of touring with Riverdance and is excited to be a part of the Riverdance team.
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.
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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. 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. For the past 3 years Miriam has been selected as a choreographer for studio2stage – a performance experience for aspiring young dancers. Miriam has been touring with Riverdance since 2014 and is delighted to be returning to the cast for the Barrow Company’s UK & Germany Tour.
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Erin started Irish dancing under the direction of Mary Kay Heneghan for the Rince na Tiarna School in Buffalo, New York. She has danced nationally and internationally, competing at the World championships, with frequent podium placements in the North American Nationals, and Great Britain Championships. At age 19, Erin turned professional when she joined Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance- Dangerous Games, working in London’s West End, Broadway, and on the finale of Britain’s Got Talent. This past summer, Erin appeared in Downtown Disney at the Raglan Road Irish Restaurant, and with the show TitanicDance for their North American debut. Erin would like to thank her family, teachers, and friends for helping her achieve her life long dream of performing in Riverdance!
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. In 2007 Siobhán 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.
Sinéad began dancing at the age of four. She competed successfully under the tuition of Scoil Rince Uí Nualláin becoming a medal holder at all major Irish dancing championships. After completing her training in primary school education Sinéad began touring as a professional Irish dancer, performing with Ragús The Show for three years and also as lead dancer on Women of Ireland’s European tour. Sinéad would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for helping her achieve her dream of performing with Riverdance.
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.
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
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.
Erin Roberge trained with the Irwin School of Irish Dancing in her home town of Calgary, Canada from the age of 7. She is a four time regional champion and holds top three and top ten placings at the North American Nationals and Worlds respectively. She was an original cast member in both Studio2Stage and the American Company of Irish Dance. After participating in the first ever Riverdance Summer School Academy, she was delighted to fulfill her life long dream of joining the Riverdance cast on their UK/Germany tour. Erin is very grateful to her teachers and family who have supported her through this amazing journey.
Megan began dancing at the age of 5 and is currently a dancer with the McNelis/Cunningham/Boyle SD, Co. Donegal, Ireland. After completing her Leaving Cert in 2013 she began her professional dance career with “Celtic Legends”, where she was lucky enough to perform as Lead Dancer. Within her three years of professional dancing, Megan toured with such shows as Irish Celtic, Irish Celtic Generations and Titanic Dance, aswell spenting six months performing in Raglan Road Irish Pub, DisneyWorld, Florida. Megan is delighted to be performing with Riverdance, a lifelong dream which has now become a reality.
Peter Wilson 23, began dancing at the age of 4 with the Coyle school in Donegal. After a successful competitive career including titles at National and World level, Peter pursued his studies at Dundee University, Scotland completing qualifications in Media, culture & Society. In 2012 Peter began his professional career by being one of 12 dancers cast in Breàndan De Gallai’s ‘Rite of Spring’. Peter has toured Russia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States performing the lead role in ‘Rhythm of the Dance’, ‘Ragus – The Show’ and was the Dance Captain of ‘Gaelforce Dance’ . In 2013 Peter travelled to Las Vegas to film the series ‘Jigs and Wigs’ which continues to air in Ireland and the UK. In late 2013 Peter was invited to perform in China as part of a concert televised to 300 million people. In 2014 Peter joined Riverdance on the 20th Anniversary tour and continues to tour extensively throughout the world. Peter has performed in some of the worlds most prestigious venues including The Hammersmith Apollo Theatre London, Tokyo Opera City Music Hall, The Kremlin Palace Moscow and The Gaiety Theatre Dublin.
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Emma McPhilemy is an international soloist and performer, with a highly unique and versatile style to her playing. She performs throughout the UK, Europe and China as a soloist, as leader of the Abelia Saxophone Quartet and as the soprano saxophonist in Bill Whelan’s production of Riverdance. Recent highlights include performing Tansy Davis’ ‘Iris’, a concerto for soprano saxophone and ensemble, playing first alto in a recording for one of the world’s premier classical record companies, Chandos records, and touring the UK, Germany and China as the musical director and saxophonist in the current Riverdance production.
Emma is currently working on composing a new and innovative style of music for an album to be released in 2017/18 and is enjoying commissioning a variety of new works for her saxophone quartet, who subsequently performed as BBC young artists live on Radio 3. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Emma as she will be leading the group to compete at the European Youth Music Festival in Belgium, and to tour major cities in China, performing a tailored programme in well established recital venues. Forthcoming solo performances include her debut appearance as a soloist at Wigmore Hall in May 2017.
Fiddle/ Musical Director
Two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion Patrick Mangan is from Brooklyn, New York, where he was introduced to traditional music at an early age. He grew up playing alongside legendary Irish musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. At sixteen, Patrick appeared in Riverdance on Broadway, becoming the youngest fiddler in the show’s history. Since then, he has toured extensively with Riverdance and other luminaries of Celtic music, playing to enthralled audiences around the world. In addition to his love for the stage, Patrick is also an award-winning composer. His new critically-acclaimed album “Departures” offers a fresh take on Irish music, comprised of original, globally-inspired melodies. It is available now via iTunes and at cdbaby.com/patrickmangan
Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán
A native of Monaghan, Mark began playing drums at the age of four. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Performing Arts College both in Dublin.
He is now one of Europe’s most sought after, and highly regarded, drummers and is constantly in demand from a host of leading stellar international music acts. His very individualistic and energetic style has seen him play with many international acts including Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Katie Melua, Josh Groban, The Corrs, The Divine Comedy, Lemar, Gary Moore, Mary Coughlan, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Donnie Osmond, and the late Christy Hennessy.
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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.
21 year old Ceilidh Briscoe has been playing the violin for 16 years. She is currently in the middle of the third year of her Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Ottawa studying with Yehonatan Berick, after completing a two year Diploma in Violin Performance at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, studying with Michael van der Sloot. In 2013, she performed as the first violinist in a Conservatory-formed quartet that took first place at the National Music Festival of Canada. In the summer of 2014, she took part in the two week program, ³Summer Music on the Shannon in Limerick and Ennis, Ireland, where she taught, and performed as a part of the orchestra, and as a soloist. Ceilidh also performed as a soloist with the Master Series Conservatory Orchestra, the Sooke Philharmonic, and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra. With regards to orchestral playing, Ceilidh currently holds a substitute position with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and a full time position with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Complementing her classical playing, Ceilidh is a five time North American Fiddle Champion, an All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has studied the Sligo style of Irish playing extensively via the internet and in person, with Brian Conway, of New York City.
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.
Uilleann Pipes / Low Whistle / Tin Whistle
Tara Howley is a 21 year old award winning multiinstrumentalist, singer and dancer from Kilfenora Co. Clare. She is a two-time senior all Ireland champion on the uilleann pipes. Starting both classical and traditional music at the age of 4, Tara has numerous all Ireland titles in solo competitions and with bands and groups in various instruments such as concertina, fiddle, drums, mouthorgan, piano, whistle and uilleann pipes. In 2014 Tara toured Britain and Ireland with the group Macalla na hEireann and The Echoes of Erin. She produced and launched her debut solo album in April 2015 and is currently studying Irish music and dance in the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick.
Laura is a professional drummer and percussionist. She graduated from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts with BA (Hons) Music where she was awarded the Zildjian Avedis Percussion Prize and the Philip Holt Commendation Prize. Since graduating, Laura has performed extensively at venues and festivals around the UK and internationally, supporting the likes of Ellie Goulding, Newton Faulkner and JLS. She was also percussion ensemble leader for the Balloons Project; a featured ensemble for the 2012 Olympics. Alongside her session work, Laura has been a part of many theatre productions across the UK, in both performance and creative roles. She is resident Musical Director and composer at Carbon Cadence Dance Company.
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 also created her own works. 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 Heartbeat of Home to her credits as a flamenco artist/choreographer.
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.
Marta Ortiz began to dance at four and quickly developed her talent through many disciplines, earning her degree in Spanish Dance at age 21, and a Certificate in Flamenco at 24. Having studied with such greats as Rubén Olmo in Centro Andaluz de Danza, and in the prestigious center of flamenco Amor de Dios in Madrid for two years, Marta’s second year in that school saw her work with more famous masters; Carmela Greco, Lola Greco, Alfonso Losa and Pedro Córdoba amongst others. During her time in Madrid, she performed as a cast-member of “The Trick”
across the most prestigious Flamenco theatres (or Tablaos) of the capital. As creator and choreographer of the Cádiz company “Carnaval en Danza”, Ortiz has produced three shows that fuse the musical styles of Andalusia, Cádiz carnival and traditional flamenco. As well as touring with Riverdance, Marta spent a large part of 2016 dancing and teaching in Japan.
Katrina Meske grew up in Republic of Latvia where she graduated from prestigious Riga Choreography School, excelling in ballet, character dance, contemporary and acting, and got to dance with Latvian National Opera and Ballet whilst still being a student performing in such productions as Swan Lake, Giselle, Alchina etc. Through her years of education she expanded her horizons in dance traveling to many festivals and summer intensives in Europe, US and Asia. In 2011 Katrina moved to London to follow her carrier working with numerous dance companies including European Ballet where she was invited as the principal dancer for such ballets as Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Cinderella and Coppelia. In 2013 Katrina joined Riverdance and has toured extensively with the show ever since performing to enthralled audiences all over the world.
Riverdance Russian Ensemble
Ilya Burtsev grew up in Krasnoyarsk , Russia, attending the Krasnoyarsk Choreographic College’s department of folk dance. After graduating in 2006 he worked in the college’s Godenko Ensemble in Siberia. He passed military service in the Moscow ensemble Red Star as a ballet dancer. From 2009, Ilya performed as ballet soloist in the Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army, touring more than 25 countries. In 2014 he joined Riverdance.
Anna Vedenina grew up in Novosibirsk, Russia. She studied at the Novosibirsk Ballet School in the department of classical dance. In 2011, she graduated with honours from the Krasnoyarsk Choreographic College’s Department of folk dance, before performing with the Chaldony in Novosibirsk. Moving to Moscow in 2013, she worked with numerous dance companies. She has performed across the world, from Mexico to China, and many Russian cities. As well as consistently touring in various capacities, Anna has been delighted to nurture young talent in her role as a teacher. In 2014 Anna joined Riverdance.
JL Williams is celebrating 15 years of show-business performing on Broadway, Television, Film and theatre in over 20 countries around the world. Selected credits: Original Broadway Cast of “FELA!” Japan and USA tour of “42nd Street” in the role of Andy Lee, World tours of Magic of the Dance, Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award Alumni, Alumni of Broadway’s “Shuffle Along”, and CBS’s “The Gregory Hines Show” Follow on Instagram @jltapsoul or www.tapsoulpro.com
Christopher Broughton began his career at age 12 under Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance and joined the acclaimed Kennedy Tap company, known for producing greats Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick Grant. He received the national award for NAACP ACT-SO twice and performed on various stages with worldrenowned artists Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Grammy Winning R&B singer MYA, and Ted Levy. His choreography, courage and charisma are in high demand as he continues to travel worldwide both as a soloist and with Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I., Rasta Thomas’ Tap Stars, and Michelle Dorrance’s company Dorrance Dance. As part of both performance runs of Encore’s Cotton Club Parade at New York City Center, he made his Broadway deebut in the Tony-nominated, Astaire Award-winning production After Midnight. He most recently performed on the 68th Tony Awards and the Today Show and is participating in the second workshop of Top Hat.
Tyler Knowlin is a professional tap dancer from Connecticut. He attended The Hartford Academy for the Arts, where he was introduced to rhythm tap and given the opportunity to train with masters such as Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines. At 14, Tyler performed at New York City’s first annual tap festival, Tap City. Tyler’s east coast performances include Jacob’s Pillow, The Bushnell, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Playhouse on Park, The Duke Theater, and Lincoln Center. In 2007, Tyler moved to San Francisco. He taught for City Dance Studios and ODC Dance. In 2013, Tyler taught and performed in Brazil. Tyler was most recently a featured performer in Hillary Marie’s original show Soul Walk. Tyler would like to thank everyone who has supported him along this long amazing journey!
Dharmesh Patel graduated from Doreen Bird Performing Arts College in 2007. Since graduating he has performed in numerous operas for the English National Opera and the Royal Opera House and at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles. He starred on Sky 1’s Got to Dance as a semi-finalist and he’s also a member of Plague, who 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.