The Journey

1994

April

Riverdance, the original seven-minute version is first performed as the interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin and is viewed by a worldwide audience of over 300 million

May

The Riverdance Single is released and goes straight to No.1 in the Irish charts and No.9 in the UK charts

1994-single

1995

February

Riverdance – The Show, the first Irish dance show ever, opens at the Point Theatre, Dublin for a sell-out five-week run, with record breaking ticket sales. Guests include President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

April

The first video of the show Riverdance Live from Dublin is released and becomes the all-time best-selling music video.

June

Riverdance opens at The Apollo, Hammersmith, London for a sell-out run and by overwhelming public demand a second run opens in October setting a box office record of 151 sold-out shows.

Original Troupe, Point Theatre

1996

March

Riverdance arrives in North America, opening at Radio City Hall, New York for eight sell-out shows Riverdance enters the Billboard World Music chart at No.

October

The first Riverdance tour of North America commences.

November

The new video Riverdance – Live from Radio City New York is released and later reaches No.2 in the US Charts.

1997

February

Bill Whelan wins a Grammy Award for the Riverdance Album in the “Best Musical Show Album” category.

March

The first Riverdance sell-out tour of Australia opens at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney.

June

Tickets go on sale for a tour of six Canadian cities with CAN$11 million sales on the first day, a Canadian record.

July

Riverdance opens in Oberhausen, Germany for 12 sell-out performances – the shows first performances to a non-English speaking audience.

Bill-Whelan-Grammy-Award-1997

1998

August

The first Riverdance European tour visits arenas throughout Germany, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands and France, performing to sell-out audiences.

Riverdance Eiffel Tower

1999

January

Riverdance is voted the top grossing Family Entertainment show of 1998 in the USA.

March

Riverdance opens for the first time in Japan to sell-out audiences and unprecedented standing ovations. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan attend Riverdance at the International Forum in Tokyo.

2000

March

Riverdance – On Broadway opens as a new production at the Gershwin Theatre, New York – the beginning of a hugely successful 18 month run. 

July

Riverdance – The Homecoming opens at the Point Theatre Dublin. The success of the run reaffirms the Irish audience’s love for the show.

2001

May

Riverdance Live from Geneva DVD is filmed at the Geneva Arena, Switzerland.

2002

March

The Mayor of San Francisco proclaims March 6th Riverdance Day in honour of the show’s 5000th performance.

2003

June

Riverdance participates in the opening ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Games in Dublin with a performance featuring the longest ever Riverdance line with over 100 Riverdancers on the stage.

October

Riverdance becomes the first show from the West to perform at The Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Over 100,000 people attend the first Riverdance tour of China.

2004

June

Riverdance opens in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for the most successful run in the theatre’s 135 year history. The Gaiety becomes the summer home for Riverdance with the show returning each summer season.

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2005

March

Radio City Music Hall hosts the show’s tenth anniversary gala performance. The Mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg, declares 15th March Riverdance Day.

2007

June

Riverdance visits Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts for the tenth time, setting a new record in the history of American theatre for playing the same venue.

2010

March

Riverdance returns to Radio City Music Hall, New York to celebrate its 15th anniversary setting a new record with an unprecedented 95 shows at the famous landmark theatre

November

The new Riverdance Live from Beijing DVD is released. Filmed at the Beijing Exhibition Centre celebrating the show’s 15th Anniversary.

2011

January

Riverdance performs on African soil for the first time with sell-out shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

May

Riverdance performs for President Mary McAleese, Queen Elizabeth II and guests as part of a celebration of Irish music, theatre and dance during the historic state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland. 

2012

February

Riverdance performs for Mr Xi Jinping, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China during his first state visit to Ireland.

August

The first tour of South America visits Sao Paulo, Brazil then onto Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Argentina marking the 6th continent where Riverdance
has performed.

2013

June

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and her daughters attend a special performance of Riverdance in Dublin, staged in honour of their visit to Ireland.

July

On the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin 1,693 dancers from over 40 countries set the World Record for the Longest Riverdance line.

2014

January

Riverdance launches the 20th anniversary tour in Limerick – City of Culture. In the 20 years since the first performance the show has played to a live audience of over 25 million and a global television audience of
3 billion.

2015

June

The Riverdance Academy opens with 321 dancers from 32 countries worldwide attending at Trinity College Dublin.

August

Anna Livia, a new a capella hard-shoe number featuring the female troupe and female lead is added to the show to mark 20 years of Riverdance on tour.

2016

July

The first Riverdanceathon takes place at the Gaiety Theatre, as part of an annual charity event during Riverdance’s summer season in Dublin.

2017

June

The Riverdance Academy launches in North America at Boston University, M.A., USA. 

2018

January

With 64 marriages between company members and 105 children born since the show began, the first of these Riverdance Babies takes to the stage.

August

The Riverdance troupe of 63 dancers joining with 500 Irish dancers perform for the historic visit of Pope Francis to Ireland

2019

March

New Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is announced and 2020 UK tour go on sale.