People of the internet: please join us in wishing #LordOfTheDance OG Troupe legend Denise Flynn a happy birthday today! To celebrate, here's a new OG Troupe Stories episode with Gillian Norris, James Devine, Michael Donnellan, and Denise herself, along with more never-before-seen rehearsal footage from the original show!
Denise was instrumental in helping to bring about Dance For Hope II, the OG Troupe charity reunion video. She's also helped organize past OG Troupe get-togethers, and was the first OG to publicly appear on camera via livestream after Team Lord's social media overhaul a year and a half ago. For those of you who were watching Dancelord TV last year, you got to see her tell a story that had hitherto never been shared: what the *original* auditions were like for Lord of the Dance in 1996, when Michael Flatley handpicked the greatest troupe of #IrishDance practitioners the world had ever seen.
Today, Denise is the Director of Sales & Irish Banquets at Barberstown Castle, just outside of Dublin; she is one of the foremost tourism and hospitality industry experts in Ireland. In 1996, however, she was a teenager who'd retired from competitive Irish dancing and was pursuing other interests when she got the call from Michael Flatley's nascent production: #LordOfTheDance.
The rest, as they say, is history.
And with next year being the 25th anniversary of Lord of the Dance, isn't it fun to celebrate this history?
Planet Ireland arises: 2021.