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.
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/ 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
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.
Lead Dancer/ Irish Troupe Dancer
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.
For great videos and fitness tips, follow Chloey on:
Facebook Chloey Turner Fitness Instgram xchloeytx Twitter chloey_turner
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.
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. 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.
Lead Dancer/ Irish Dance Troupe/ Dance Captain
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.
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.
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.
Katie is from Anchorage, Alaska, where she began dancing for the Comerford School at the age of seven. She competed nationally, internationally, and was a Western USA Regional champion, but her childhood dream has always been to dance professionally. After graduating from the University of San Diego, she recently completed her first tour in Germany with Irish Celtic. Katie is humbled and honored to join the Riverdance cast, and is very excited to now be part of such an iconic and inspiring production. She would like to thank her family, teachers, and friends for the constant love and support as she continues to pursue her passion for dancing.
Irish Dance Troupe/ Assistant Dance Captain
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 Assistant Dance Captain with Riverdance. Ellen is delighted and very privileged to be following her dream and touring the world with Riverdance.
Follow Ellen on: Instagram: xellenb Twitter: xellenb
Will 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. Will 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. Will is thrilled to be now touring with Riverdance.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Follow Mitch on: Twitter: @mitch_hodges Instagram: mitchellhodges96
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.
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.
Zach Klingenberg’s Irish dancing career started when he was five years old with the Richens/Timm Academy, where he trained for 14 years. Through his competitive Irish dance career, he became the Mid-West regional champion, North American runner-up and placed top 10 at the World Championship four times. After graduating high school Zach was accepted into the highly acclaimed show Lord of the Dance. He has performed globally as a backline and lead dancer with Lord of the Dance as well as several other productions he has choreographed. Zach is thrilled for the opportunity to be performing, for the first time, with the ground breaking show, Riverdance.
From Connecticut, USA, Kelsey began dancing at the age of six with the Griffith Academy, studying Irish dance, ballet, and musical theater. While Kelsey is in her senior year at Southern Connecticut State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism, she enjoys performing. She is a lead dancer with the Griffith Academy Celtic Dance and most recently, Kelsey toured as a troupe member in Heartbeat of Home. Kelsey has been a New England Regional first place Ladies’ Champion and has been a top three placement finisher in both the North American Championships and the All Ireland Championships as well as a top ten finisher in the World championships. Kelsey would like to thank her very supportive teachers and is honored to be joining the cast of Riverdance.
Follow Kelsey on Instagram: kelseylatham
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.
Follow Miriam on:
Mia began Irish dancing at age 6 with the Bracken School in Arizona. At age 9, her family relocated to California where she continued her training with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance under the direction of Maire O’Connell. Since 2005 Mia has obtained numerous national and international dance titles in both team dancing and solo dancing. In addition to excelling at dance Mia has also excelled academically and achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Riverdance inspired Mia to pursue Irish dancing and she is thrilled to begin her professional Irish dance career as a Riverdance cast member. Mia would like to thank her parents, family, teachers and friends for their support.
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 family, friends & especially his Mother & Father for all the love, support & help they have given him to make his dreams come true.
Dancing since seven Meghan achieved many titles including National Champion, All Scotland Champion and 6 time New England Regional Champion. She has 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, Europe and China; highlights include Radio City Music Hall in NYC and Riverdance on Ice. She has also toured throughout North America with several other shows, including Cherish the Ladies and featured on America’s Got Talent as part of Hammerstep. Riverdance has always been Meghans dream and she is thrilled to be on the 20th anniversary tour!
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’.
Greg has been dancing since the young age of 5 and danced for the Martin Percival School of Irish dance. His competitive career includes three Western USA regional titles, placing top five at the North Americans, and competed internationally at the All-Ireland and World Championships. Greg has done three world tours with The National Dance Company of Ireland’s production of ‘Rhythm of the Dance’ as a lead dancer, became a full time cast member of ‘Footstorm’, a modern Irish dance show from the creators of ‘Prodijig’, and now is delighted to be apart of Riverdance, the show that originally made Greg begin to Irish dance. Greg would like to thanks his family and teachers for helping him pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer.
Follow Greg on:
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.
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
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 on this anniversary tour.
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.
Shaunessy Sinnett is from Goderich, Canada and has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, acro-gymnastics, and Irish dance. As a professional Irish dancer, Shaunessy toured extensively in North America, Europe 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. Shaunessy was also a guest choreographer on the West End production of “I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical”. Recently, Shaunessy was part of the inaugural cast of Heartbeat of Home and enjoyed being part of the world tour. In her time off, she enjoys teaching dance, writing and working as a voice-over artist. Shaunessy is delighted to be back for her second year with Riverdance on their 21st Anniversary Tour!
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.
Follow Peter on: Twitter: @PeterWilson_ Instagram: @peterwilsonn
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.
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
Now in her third year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tuition of Rob Buckland, Andy Scott and Carl Raven, Emma McPhilemy is regularly takingpart in many exciting projects. As leader of the Abelia Saxophone Quartet she has commissioned many new works for saxophone quartet, has won many competitions and has performed at a wide variety of concert venues in London and Manchester. As a soloist and as part of an ensemble, she has worked with many well established jazz and funk musicians such as Clark Tracey, Stefan Redtenbacher, Colin Towns and the band Snarky Puppy. She has also performed to and with many renowned classical saxophonists including Timothy McAllister, Johan van der Linden, and Philippe Geiss. Emma also recently took part in a wind orchestra recording for one of the world’s premiere classical record companies, Chandos Records.
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.
Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán
An incredible hand percussionist born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Nêgah Santos has a unique sound, which is influenced by several styles as Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, R&B, Jazz, Pop, African and World Music. Performing professionally since her teens and recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, as part of the Global Jazz Institute outreach program; Nêgah has performed with her own project ChoroBop and with many artists as Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Danilo Perez, Women of the World, Alejandro Sanz, Clinton Cerejo, Joyce, Marcos Valle, Nona Hendrix, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Esperanza Spalding, Diane Reeves, Valerie Simpson and recently the Riverdance show. Nêgah has performed in several countries as Brasil, Dominican Republic, Panama, USA, United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland.
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.
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.
Mark Alfred uses and proudly endorses: Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases.
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 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.
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.
Find out more on www.maritamartinezrey.com
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.
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.
Riverdance Russian Ensemble
Michael Everett 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.
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!
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.