Gerard Fahy comes from Ballinakill, Co. Galway, an area steeped in traditional music. From an early age, Gerard played whistles , pipes and indeed composed many original works. He has won many All Ireland titles. Gerard enjoys experimenting with many different musical genres. His ethnic traditional roots have greatly influenced his present musical style. Many of his compositions have been covered by Boston Pops orchestra and many performers throughout the world. One of his proudest moments ever was seeing Michael perform to his music in Feet of Flames at Stormont. He has composed the new score to Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games which opened in September 2014 at the historic West End’s London Palladium Theatre.
Matthew started dancing at the age of 5 in South Norwood, London. During a successful 13 years of competing, he won 2 All Ireland titles and achieved a ranking of 2nd in the World Championships, as well as multiple Great Britain and National Championships.
At the age of 18, Matt joined Troupe 2 in Portugal on their European tour and after a year with the show he achieved his ambition by performing the lead role of “The Lord’. Matthew has travelled all over the world with the show and says that his greatest moment was performing the lead role for Michael Flatley in Killarney, Ireland in 2013.
Born and raised in Manchester, influenced by his parent’s Irish roots in Co. Leitrim and Co. Roscommon, James took up Irish dancing at the age of 4 with the Lally School of Irish Dancing. From a young age James competed in many Feisana consistently being placed top 3, winning his first title at the American National Championships at the age of 7. He continued to excel winning a total of 4 American National, 8 British National, 9 Great Britain, 3 all Ireland, 1 European and 2 World championship titles. 2000 was an incredible year for James winning every major title that could be achieved competitively in Irish dancing. For the past 10 years James has been touring with troupe 1 in Lord of the Dance. Only 10 months after joining the cast he was asked to perform the lead role of ‘Lord’ which he performed for the first time in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and became the youngest dancer to ever perform the role.
He has continued to travel with the show performing in various countries and regions such as USA, Mexico, Egypt, Dubai, Russia, Asia and all over Europe. One of James’ proudest moments came in 2010 when he performed in his home city of Manchester behind Michael Flatley. It was a lifelong ambition to perform in the Manchester arena. Other highlights for James were dancing for Prince Charles at Buckingham palace and the royal families of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Cathal Keaney started dancing at the age of 5 with the Hession School of Irish Dancing in Galway. Cathal has won two World Irish Dancing Championship titles along with multiple All Ireland, North American, British Naitonal and Great Britain titles. Cathal had the privilege of joining Feet of Flames in Taiwan, 2012 and has been a part of the show ever since.
Andras started Irish dancing in Budapest, Hungary at the age of 10. He participated in several Central European Irish Dancing competitions and qualified for the World Irish Dancing Championships where he placed 4th. In 2011, after a successful audition in London he joined Lord of the Dance and performed in the USA, Canada, Taiwan and Europe. His dream came true when he danced onstage with Michael Flatley and 3 of his fellow Hungarians; his sister Andrea Kren, Zoltan Papp and Marton Lukacs in front his family and friends in Budapest. Andras also trained in a Hungarian folk dance and American tap dance.
Marie Duffy Pask is probably the most successful Irish dance teacher/choreographer of modern times. She is a lady of exceptional versatility and achievement in all areas of choreography.
Marie’s dance experience spans from 6 years of age as a pupil of the world famous Inis Ealga Academy in Dublin, of which she later became co-director. During this period success was attained in each and every category of All Ireland and World Championships no less than 400 times.
Under Marie’s tuition, Inis Ealga won the gold medal for Ireland at the Folk Dance Olympics in Dijon in 1981 in a competition spanning the five continents of the world. In 1988, Marie formed her own dance studio in Dublin where her success has continued. She also conducts master classes and workshops throughout the USA and Canada, Australia and Great Britain.
She is a registered teacher/adjudicator and examiner and a member of An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha.
Marie has established the Marie Duffy Foundation to provide financial assistance to aspiring dancers, musicians and choreographers so they may fulfil their dreams in the world of Irish Dance.
To read all the details about the new foundation, its mission, and members please visit the foundation’s website at: marie-duffy-foundation.com