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Riverdance celebrates its 10th anniversary in style

The 10th anniversary party to mark a decade of Riverdance was held at the exclusive Metropolitan club in New York while the show was running at Radio City. Black tie and evening gowns were the uniform as current cast and crew mingled with former colleagues from the show. A stunning cake was created to mark the occasion while the guests were entertained by the Celtic Tenors. Also in attendance were many well known Irish American faces, including the original female lead with Riverdance, Jean Butler.

All photos Anita and Steve Shevett unless otherwise indicated.

The final number of the show, Heartland, on opening night

Conor Hayes and Sinead McCafferty take their finale bows

John McColgan (Director), Moya Doherty (Producer) and Bill Whelan (Composer)

Moya Doherty, Gene Wilder and John McColgan with the Riverdance Day Proclamation signed by NY mayor Michael Bloomberg

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (Irish Prime Minister), Moya Doherty, John McColgan

Ted Kennedy Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, Moya Doherty

Barbara Galavan with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan

Former and current Riverdance principal dancers Jean Butler and Sinead McCafferty

Riverdance Principal dancers, Sinead McCafferty and Conor Hayes

Cuan Hanly (husband of Jean Butler), Jean Butler, Joan Egan of Tyrone Productions and her husband Gabriel Egan (picture: Irish Voice)

The Celtic Tenors – James Nelson, Niall Morris, Matthew Gilsenan who entertained the guests at the opening night party (picture: Irish Voice)

Moya Doherty with Chloe from Celtic Woman and Adele King, also known as ‘Twink

Celtic Woman members Maeve Ni Mhaolohatha, Orla Fallon and Mairead Nesbitt

Riverdance dancers Susan Ginnety (who was celebrating her 10th year with Riverdance), Aileen Cronin, Conor Hayes and Yvonne Mahady

Jean Butler (centre) with (left to right) Riverdance dancers Aislinn Ryan, Laura Minogue, Jennifer Healy and Patricia Henry

Riverdance dancers Melissa Convery, Anna Brovkina, Aaron Tolson, Tokiko Masuda and Sam Nichols.

Moscow Folk Ballet dancers Alexei Soukarhev, his wife Liubov Marchukova and baby Georgiy in full tuxedo!

Zoe Conway (Riverdance fiddle player) with Riverdance flamenco dancers Yolanda Gonzales Sobrado and Carmen Armengou

Dancer Sean Beglan, Sean’s mother, Senior Executive Producer of Riverdance Julian Erskine and dancer Jillian Winke

Riverdance dancers Deirdre McDonnell, Katie Flannery, Aileen Cronin, Corey Hutchins, Amy Siegal and Moscow Folk Ballet dancer Natalia Tomilina

John McColgan greets the crowd to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Riverdance. (picture: Irish Voice)

Moya and John with the Riverdance 10 year anniversary cake

January 13, 2011

Jean Butler has always been my favorite!!!! my love for Riverdance is partly because of her. and i’ve meet Aislinn Ryan in China in 2009. lucky for me, huh?:)

Robert Smith (Liverpool England)
May 16, 2011

I saw the Riverdance that was performed in Beijing China and thought it was one of the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! The dance and the music were excellent and I especially liked the way other styles were integrated into the performance; a true masterpiece of chorography, musical production and inspiration.

I especially appreciated the singing of: Kevin Horton and Brioni Gallagher; the dancing of Yolanda Gonzalez Sobrado and the Moscow folk ballet company. Also, the music of Aoife Ni Bhriain and Matt Bashford and not forgetting the guy in the background on the drums! My favourite section is the dancing routine about 56 minutes into the performance with Kevin’s singing and Aislinn Ryan’s wonderful dancing!

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