Riverdance is a touring theatrical dance show which involves a shedload of traditional Irish stepdancing. It was originally composed by Bill Whelan, a local Irishmen from Limerick, for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.
It’s first performance at the contest, which took place during an interval, received a standing ovation from the crowd and remains as one of the competition’s most memorable moments!
Since then, it’s been taken over by husband and wife team John McColgan and Moya Doherty and converted into an on-going stage show which tours very often, and very hard! Audience numbers now tally well into the millions.
Nowadays, Riverdance can boast an incredible line-up (which has gone through many changes), a tour diary that has reached countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Down Under, and a highly-decorated trophy cabinet.
In 2014, Riverdance celebrated its 20th anniversary with a tour spanning from September right through to December.
New shows for Rivedance have been announced for 2016 also - check below to catch one of the shows!
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I have been at both Blackpool, 24th Oct performance and Edinburgh 9th Nov. Dancers were fantastic at both venues, one of my favourites are the Russian dancers which we saw at Blackpool they were noticeably missing from Edinburgh and I felt the evening finished like a damp squib much as I love the singing and the musicians they are overtaking the dancing which is what i go to see. I really felt let down last night, usually when we leave Riverdance (we have been about 12 times) we are on a high, now I will think twice about booking one show never mind two or more.