What is The Riverdance ?

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"Riverdance" showcases Irish dance and music.
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"Riverdance" first opened at the Point Theater in Dublin, Ireland in February, 1995. The show is rich in Irish history and has become a saga of its own in the dance and music world.

    Irish History

  1. "Riverdance" tells Irish history. The dance tells the story of Ireland from the rise of Celtic culture, progressing through the immigration to America, to the present day, in which Irish-Americans return home to visit their native land. 
  2. The Music

  3. Bill Whelan composed the music for "Riverdance" and won the 1997 Grammy award for "Best Musical Show Album." The spectacular fiddle performances are the work of Eileen Ivers, who is hailed by "The New York Times" as "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin."
  4. The Dance

  5. "Riverdance" showcases Irish step dancing. Step dancing traces it roots back to pre-Christian Ireland where it was taught by traveling dance masters.
  6. The Stars

  7. Michael Flatley and Jean Butler were the original solo stars of "Riverdance." Michael Flatley went on to produce and star in "Lord of the Dance," "Feet of Flames" and "Celtic Tiger." Jean Butler produced and starred in "Dancing on Dangerous Ground."
  8. Performance History

  9. "Riverdance" first began as a seven-minute performance. The full-length show opened in Dublin to sell-out performances and premiered in the United States at Radio City Music Hall on March 14, 1996. The show celebrated its 5,000th performance in March, 2002. In 2010, the show is performing its Farewell Tour.

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