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Follow Your Dream, Day #456: Happy Birthday, James Keegan!

People of the internet: please join us in wishing Team Lord's Creative & Development Manager, James Keegan, a (slightly belated) happy birthday!

James Keegan is one of the most remarkable #IrishDance professionals in the world. During his competitive career, he was a Grand Slam champion, holding first place in all the major competitions in the same year. A longtime veteran of #LordOfTheDance who's been with the show almost as long as some of our youngest troupe members have been alive, James also holds the unique distinction of being the only person other than Michael Flatley to star as the Lord of the Dance in a commercial video release.

This, of course, brings us to an interesting point: imagine the kind of microscope you're under if you're James. Anyone who's ever had to play the role of the Lord in Michael Flatley's billion-dollar dance show is automatically under intense pressure, simply by virtue of having to perform the most high-profile role in the Irish dance world. When you step onto that stage as the Lord of the Dance, you have to go out there with the confidence, technique, and stage presence that can sell out entire stadiums. This is doubly true if it's a commercial video release; your performance is immortalized on film, and today's internet era acts as a force multiplier.

What's interesting about James is how *calmly* he handles all of it. A natural-born leader with classical leading-man good looks, James is an intensely focused, hardworking man who's also very personable and easy to get on with. For those of you who have watched the Dancelord TV livestreams over the last year and a half, having had a chance to interact with him live backstage *during* the show, you can easily see why Team Lord so naturally rallies behind him.

Recently, James has taken on additional creative and management duties behind the curtain; effectively, he's Michael Flatley's right-hand man, working on exciting things which we've been teasing for a while now and hope to reveal soon.

James also teaches at the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance along with fellow lead dancer Mary Mirasola, and -- most importantly -- looks after Winston, the Springer Spaniel whose cameos stole the show in Dance For Hope I and Dance For Hope IV.

Author's personal note: it is a distinct pleasure working with James.

Please join us in wishing Lord of the Dance James Keegan a happy birthday!

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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