Please join us in wishing Dark Lord Declan Durning a happy birthday today! Who here has seen this Glaswegian perform the role of Dark Lord live onstage in Lord of the Dance?
Declan brings a wonderfully different energy to the role of the Dark Lord. While Zoltan is all power and Alasdair is disturbed, Declan is a punk rocker looking for a street fight. His Don Dorcha is young, brash, and out to watch the world burn.
Known to the troupe by several random nicknames -- Darren, Derek, D-Squared, etc. -- he's an incredibly friendly and down-to-Earth guy from Glasgow. If you were sitting at the pub next to him, you'd have utterly no idea that this clean-shaven and soft-spoken Scotsman was an absolute hurricane of terror onstage in the world's biggest-selling dance show.
Declan also has some of the fastest feet in the troupe. When we asked various troupe members live on Dancelord TV who had the fastest feet, Declan was a name that repeatedly came up. We saw him on camera once backstage during the recent tour, teaching a rhythm pattern to some of the lads, and he was putting in some eyebrow-arching steps -- trebles off the back foot going into a quadruple heel-click, that sort of thing.
Declan, like everyone else in Team Lord, is one of the finest Irish dancers in the world. Let's wish him a happy birthday!