The Cast of Troupe 1
currently touring Europe
Lord of the Dance
James Keegan was born in Manchester, England and began attending Irish dance classes at the age of four. Two years later the accolades began and within the next twelve years he won all the major titles in Irish dance, culminating in the year 2000 when he completed the “Grand Slam” by winning every title in the same year.
In 2003, at the age of 16, James was invited to join “Lord of the Dance”. In 2004, after only 10 months with the show James became the youngest person to perform lead in the show’s history.
Born in Dublin, Ireland David McCabe started Irish dance at the age of seven and has since enjoyed competing at both national and international levels.
He joined “Lord of the Dance” in 1998 with the original Las Vegas troupe. In the year 2000 David was given the lead role of “Don Dorcha, The Dark Lord” and enjoyed performing that role for next five years. He then began dancing his current role of "The Lord".
Irish born Tom Cunningham has been with “Lord of the Dance” since 1997. Growing up in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, he was first introduced to Irish dance at the early age of five and his talent for Irish dancing soon became clear.
He went on to win many major awards including several Ulster, British and North American championships as well as runner up spots in the All-Ireland and World championships. At the age of 18 Tom got the chance to tour the world with the show and since then he has never looked back.
Brendan McCarron was born in Coventry, England, to Irish parents. At the age of 7 he began Irish dance, and competed for the Danny Doherty Academy of Irish dance. His competitive record of achievement includes the title of Great Britain Champion, runner up in the British Nationals Championship and All Ireland Championships and winner of over 15 World Championship medals.
Brendan joined Troupe 1 of “Lord of the Dance” in the summer of 2001 and in 2003 began performing the lead role of “Don Dorcha, The Dark Lord”.
Nikita started dancing at the age of 8. She comes from Ahascragh. a small village in the west of Ireland, and danced for the McDonagh-Byrne School of Irish Dance based in County Galway. She went on to win numerous titles including Connacht Champion, British National Champion, and placed in the top 3 in both All-Ireland and World Championships.
At the age of 17, Nikita joined Lord of the Dance and toured with Troupe 2 throughout North America. In 2010, she achieved her dream of dancing alongside Michael Flatley during his return to Lord of the Dance tour . Nikita now tours with Troupe 1 where she enjoys playing the lead role of "Saoirse".
Ciara Scott was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and began Irish dancing lessons at the age of four. Ciara went on to participate in competition dancing and among her accolades she placed 5th in the All Irelands and won the Leinsters.
In 1999, Ciara joined “Lord of the Dance”, and within a few years began dancing the leading female role of “Saoirse”.
Roisin began her Irish dancing career with the Doherty Academy in Birmingham at the age of 4, winning numerous solo and team championships. She finished her last few competitive years dancing for John Carey’s school where she was champion of the midland region, ranked 6th in the All Ireland and World competitions, and won a further three team world titles.
At age18 Roisin joined the show and was honored to perform alongside Michael Flatley during his special engagement Lord of the Dance tour in 2010. After a year of touring with Troupe 1, she achieved her dream of performing the role of “Morrighan” and thoroughly enjoys dancing for audiences around the world.
Aisling Murphy began dancing at the tender age of three in the south of Ireland. She danced competitively, placing high in the Worlds as well as many qualifiers. At age 19, Aisling joined “Lord of the Dance” in the company’s Las Vegas production where she spent many years.
Aisling is delighted to now be touring the world playing the role of “Morrighan, The Temptress”.
Sarah Frances Smith
Sarah Frances Smith began Irish dancing at the age of three which lead her to compete in all major dance competitions, finishing in the top three in the All Irelands, Great Britain and British Nationals, American Nationals and the World Championships in the solo section.
In 1997, at the age of 17, she joined “Lord of the Dance”. During her time with the show she has been extremely fortunate to perform all three female lead roles and is currently enjoying playing the role “Morrighan, the Temptress”.
The Little Spirit
Kate began her study of ballet, tap, and jazz at Kate Simmons School of classical dance. She was then awarded a scholarship to attend Laine Theatre Arts where she gained a diploma in dance and musical theatre.
She later received numerous theatre and TV credits which include “Sleeping Beauty” with London Lewis Ballet Company and supporting artist for the “Upside of Anger”. Kate is now proud to be performing the role of “The Little Spirit”.