Michael Flatley is enjoying his retirement from Irish dancing and recently showed what a true gentleman he is when he made a young girl’s dream come true.
The Riverdance and Lord of the Dance legend hung up his dancing shoes earlier this year, after finally performing on Broadway – where he describes as the greatest place on earth.
However, while Flatley’s career as a dancer may be over, he is still involved in big production Irish dancing. His latest show ‘Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games’ has been a hit on Broadway, London’s West End and is currently wowing audiences all over Europe.
Ahead of the Dublin Premier of the show, Flatley met seven-year-old Tipperary girl Maya Gillick back stage.
Maya loves Irish dancing and has been both watching and practising the dance moves after school since she was three.
Maya suffers from a number of medical conditions including Down Syndrome. Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, she was able to meet her hero before the show.
She had been in hospital in the week leading up to the meeting but was in high spirits when she spoke to the Chicago born star.
They even had a little dance together and practised moves including high kicks. Maya was also given a specially-designed Irish dancing dress by the Foundation.
Maya’s mother Linda said that Flatley was a ‘true gentleman’ and that he had made her daughter ‘the happiest little girl’.
Flatley’s Facebook page posted photos of the meeting with the message: “7 year old Maya Gillick from Tipperary had her wish granted when she met and danced with Michael, thanks to the help of the Make a Wish Foundation. And a lovely dancer she was! Bless you Maya x”
As you can see, Maya was delighted to come face to face with her hero – and is quite the little dancer herself.