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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orlagh Carty age 21 from Co. Wicklow began dancing at the age of 4 for the Hunter school where she acclaimed 3 All-Ireland titles and 6 Provincial Championships. She then began her career as a professional dancer and was selected as one of the original cast of Noctu, filmed for the TV series Dance Off, 2011.
Orlagh went on to perform with numerous shows touring Europe, Asia, Russia & U.S.A. Most recently she was a part of Prodijig’s new show Footstorm. Orlagh is honoured to join the cast of Riverdance and looks forward to being part of the 20th anniversary tour.
Darren Casey 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!
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.
Julia began dancing at the age of six under the instruction of the Raney sisters at the Tara Academy in Seattle, USA. While she has successfully competed around the world, dancing in Riverdance has always been her ultimate dream. Riverdance is Julia’s first time performing in a major production and she is thrilled and honored to make her debut during this very special 20th anniversary tour. She would like to thank her family, teachers, and friends for their continued support of her in the pursuit of her goals.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 fulfill her lifelong ambition in joining Riverdance.
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
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.
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.”
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 in Dublin and then the Performing Arts College. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riverdance Russian Ensemble
Tapper/ Baritone (from Nov 8th 2015)
Rohan began his training at the Audrey Spencer Dance Academy and at the Scala Performing Arts Academy. As a young actor Rohan was a series regular in Children’s Ward (Granada TV) and as a young dancer won the title of North England Tap Champion. He then went on to train at The Urdang Academy, London. Since graduating he has appeared in Mary Poppins, Somebody’s Son, Hairspray, Riverdance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream
Coat, Hair, Some Like It Hip-Hop and The Scottsboro Boys. He has also appeared as a backing dancer for recording artists such as Beverly Knight, Lemar and Kanye West. Rohan is delighted to be returning to Riverdance for this anniversary tour.
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!