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Follow Your Dream, Day #406: The OG Journey Begins

Join Michael Flatley, along with #LordOfTheDance OG Troupe legends Gillian Norris, Denise Flynn, James Devine, and Michael Donnellan, as they discuss their memories of the creation of the original show in 1996, and the whirlwind adventure that followed!

Today we're used to a world in which professional Irish dancing is mainstream and Lord of the Dance is a massive ongoing success. But let's rewind the clock to 1996: the genre was brand new with only one major show, which had unceremoniously fired its star, lead choreographer, and creative force: Michael Flatley. No one believed a second show, even with Michael behind it, could work.

Then we add in the sheer lunacy of having a stage show created, choreographed, starring, directed and wholly funded by its lead performer. Conventional wisdom says this is a recipe for disaster. Yet for the chosen three-dozen or so Irish dancers -- the best in the world, handpicked by Michael himself -- they left jobs, left college, left everything behind, and took a chance on the biggest gamble in the history of show business.

They worked harder than they'd ever worked before. On a shoestring budget, with no time left on the clock, they pulled together one of the most insane success stories of all time: the creation of what would become a billion-dollar dance show.

Because social media didn't exist back in 1996, very little of that amazing journey has ever been documented. Now, with less than a year to go until the show's 25th anniversary, we finally get to hear part of the story from the people who lived it.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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