Michael Flatley is an American dancer, choreographer, and musician.
He became internationally known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger.
Flately, alongside Jean Butler and Anúna, changed the world of Irish dancing with Riverdance in 1994. Riverdance was originally created to be a 7 minute ‘interval act’ for the 1994 Eurovision in Dublin. The 7 minute song and dance scene became an overnight worldwide sensation – changing the world of Irish dance.
A year later, Michael Flately opened a full length production of Riverdance, which still tours the world today.
Flately opened his next production Lord Of The Dance in 1996. The show broke box office records worldwide and set a record breaking run of 21 consecutive shows at London’s Wembley Arena.
In May 1989, Flatley set a Guinness Book world record for tapping speed at 28 taps per second. He subsequently broke his own record in 1998 with 35 taps per second.