Twenty years ago, the Feet of Flames World Tour was taking the planet by storm. Adapted from the original Feet of Flames at Hyde Park two years earlier, the World Tour variant was a wildly different show, featuring several new numbers and multiple changes to the classic #LordOfTheDance storyline.
One tour leg finished at Stormont, in Northern Ireland. And you can get a glimpse of a day in the life of Michael Flatley on tour in this piece, taken from the "Gold" behind-the-scenes video.
Six years prior, no one had heard of a professional #IrishDance show. The very concept of selling out any venue of any size to watch this obscure cultural folk dance was laughable. The pioneer of the genre we know today as the commercial Irish dance show, Michael Flatley, was a construction worker in his mid-thirties in Los Angeles -- to all the world, just a blue-collar laborer with a quirky hobby. No one was paying attention to the art form he was creating, through decades of toil, atop Irish dancing.
Fast-forward six years, and Stormont hosted Lord of the Dance, Michael's billion-dollar dance show.
This is why Michael's message has always been, and continues to be, to follow your dream. If an "uneducated" kid from Chicago can sell out stadiums with over 100,000 people in attendance to see the Irish jig, what can you do if you set your mind to it? If you're willing to put in the work, you can have anything you want.
And speaking of putting in the work, what might next year -- the 25th anniversary year of #LordOfTheDance -- bring?
Planet Ireland arises: 2021.