Here's a treat: the supercut of Michael Flatley's #LordOfTheDance finale number, Victory!
This is the first supercut to feature *six* performances rolled together, featuring:
* Michael Flatley and James Keegan as the Lord of the Dance
* Helen Egan Maguire, Kate Pomfret, and Alice Upcott as the Little Spirit
* Bernadette Flynn and Caroline Gray as Saoirse
* Gillian Norris, Leigh Ann McKenna, Aisling Mc Cabe, Ciara Sexton, and Aimee Black as Morrighan
* Daire Nolan, Steven Brunning, and Tom Cunningham as Don Dorcha
Since the original show was created nearly 25 years ago, some of the numbers have changed dramatically, or even been deleted entirely and replaced with new numbers -- but Victory has always remained the same.
If you go to a Led Zeppelin concert, you know you're going to get Stairway to Heaven. If you go to a Lord of the Dance concert, you know you're going to get Victory. It's the moment after the winning goal is scored in the final seconds of the World Cup, and the striker runs across the field, flanked by his team, celebrating in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans on their feet.
Victory is a calling card for classic Flatley-formula choreography; in the decades since Michael's art form and choreography created the genre of the commercial #IrishDance show, there have been any number of innovative explorations within that genre -- but there's no getting around the fact that when you want a proven crowd-pleaser that sells out stadiums, you go back to the Flatley formula, best exemplified in Lord of the Dance.
A little over a month from the time of this writing, it will be 2021 -- the 25th anniversary year of Lord of the Dance. Here, now, as Team Lord gets ready to travel to Taiwan for a Feet of Flames stadium tour, let's celebrate 25 years of standing ovations.
Planet Ireland arises: 2021.