Meet the Cast

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Maggie Darlington

Lead Dancer
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Ciara Sexton

Lead Dancer
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Chloey Turner

Lead Dancer
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Emma Warren

Lead Dancer
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James Greenan

Lead Dancer
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Bobby Hodges

Lead Dancer
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Jason O’Neill

Lead Dancer
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Brendan Dorris

Dance Captain, Irish Dance Troupe
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Ellen Bonner

Irish Dance Troupe
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Stephen Brennan

Irish Dance Troupe
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William Bryant

Irish Dance Troupe
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Orlagh Carty

Irish Dance Troupe
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Katie Hands

Irish Dance Troupe
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Aoife Kennedy

Irish Dance Troupe
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John Lonergan

Irish Dance Troupe
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Patrick O’Mahony

Irish Dance Troupe
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Andrew O’Reilly

Irish Dance Troupe
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Louise O’Sullivan

Irish Dance Troupe
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Natasia Petracic

Irish Dance Troupe
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Callum Spencer

Irish Dance Troupe
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Lauren Smyth

Irish Dance Troupe
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Peter Wilson

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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Matt Bashford

Riverdance Band
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Darren Hatch

Riverdance Band
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Marina Claudio Manso

Flamenco
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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
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Alexander Safonov

Russian Ensemble
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Ana Turcan

Russian Ensemble
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Eugeniu Turcan

Russian Ensemble
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James Chisholm

Baritone, Tapper
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Dharmesh Patel

Tapper
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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Brendan Dorris

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.

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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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Stephen Brennan

 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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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Callum Spencer

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

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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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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.

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Patrick Mangan

Fiddle/ Musical Director 

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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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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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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Marina Claudio Manso

Marina Claudio commenced her training in Spanish dance as a young child in Valladolid at the respected school of the Bernal Sisters. The culmination of her many years of preparation was when she took the main role of Laurencia in Antonio Gades’s final and critically acclaimed production Fuenteovejuna. She has also performed in the role of the Lover in Joaquin Grilo’s De Noche and was invited to perform in the 12th Festival of Choreography of Spanish Dance and Flamenco, in the piece Documento Inalterable created by Carlos Chamorro. Recently she has been touring as Principal Dancer in Rafael Aguilar’s productions Rango and Carmen. Marina is delighted to rejoin Riverdance in Ireland, having already toured with the show both in Europe and the US.


	
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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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James Chisholm

Tapper/ Baritone

James trained in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music and graduated with a BA (Hons) in 2013.  Before training in Musical Theatre, he gained an N.A.T.D teaching qualification in Associate Tap.  This allowed him to teach Tap at Scott ‘n’ Wiseman School of Performing Arts where he trained in dance.  James also teaches Street Jazz, has choreographed routines in both disciplines for performances at the Churchill Theatre and The Catford Broadway Theatre.  He is thrilled to be joining Riverdance on the German part of the tour.

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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)