Michael Flatley

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Michael Flatley
Flatley on stage, 2009
Michael Ryan Flatley

(1958-07-16) July 16, 1958 (age 65)
OccupationIrish dancer
Years active1969–2016 (dancing)
1971–present (music)
Known forRiverdance (1994–2016)
Lord of the Dance (1996–2022)
Feet of Flames (1998–2001)
Celtic Tiger Live (2004–2007)
  • Beata Dziąba
    (m. 1986; div. 1997)
  • Niamh O'Brien (m. 2006)

Michael Ryan Flatley (born July 16, 1958)[1] is an Irish-American dancer. He became known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger Live.

In 2003, Flatley was treated for a malignant melanoma.[2] In January 2023, Flatley announced that he had surgery for "an aggressive form of cancer".[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Johnson, Lawrence A. (2001-06-15). "Former Chicago Plumber Brings His Remarkable Feat Back Home". The Chicago Tribune. p. 5-2. Born Michael Ryan Flatley July 16, 1958 to parents who emigrated from Ireland a decade earlier, Michael began dance lessons at age 4, taught by his grandmother, a champion Irish dancer.
  2. Shaikh, Thair (November 16, 2006). "'Riverdance' star Flatley seriously ill in hospital". The Independent. Archived from the original on May 12, 2022.
  3. Evans, Connie (11 January 2023). "Michael Flatley diagnosed with 'aggressive form of cancer'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 11 January 2023.
  4. "Michael Flatley has surgery after 'aggressive cancer' diagnosis". RTE. 11 January 2023. Retrieved 11 January 2023.