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Michael Flatley to open his first Irish dance academy

Over the last two decades, Michael Flatley has become a legend of Irish dancing. Now he is opening an academy so he can pass on his knowledge to the next generation.

The Chicago born star retired earlier this year after spending over 20 years travelling the world performing huge productions such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

He said that the wear and tear was starting to take its toll on his body and retired after finally fulfilling one final ambition – to perform on Broadway, where he described as the greatest place on earth.

Michael Flatley. Photo copyright Beaumain CC2

Thankfully, for Irish dance fans, Flatley has no intention of leaving the industry altogether. He is working behind the scenes on new show – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – and now he is set to open his first Irish dance academy.

The first stage of his new venture is to open an academy in London. This is happening soon, with classes due to start in September. He hopes to expand internationally over the following five years.

Flatley said: “After touring the world for over 20 years and seeing the joy on people’s faces, I’m delighted to open the first ever Michael Flatley Dance Academy that will teach my unique show style Irish dance technique to children and dancers of all ages and genres.”

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Students will learn from the best – teachers include Lord of the Dance James Breen and Sarah Redmond, along with professional dancers Simona Mauriello and Ellie O’Sullivan.

There will also be a number of guest teachers throughout the course.

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