2009-10-18 / Dining & Entertainment

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance Taps Its Way into The Whiting

FLINT – Lord of the Dance (http://www.lordofthedance. com) has announced its next lineup of tour dates including Flint on Oct. 23. Lord of the Dance will perform one show at The Whiting on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. For information visit www.thewhiting. com.

Lord of the Dance, produced by Magic Arts & Entertainment, a subsidiary of Tix Corporation (Nasdaq: TIXC), has been touring the country regularly since 1996 and recently wrapped a successful run of more than 25 performances earlier this year. In April 2009, cast members Scott Doherty and Michael McHugh (McHugh for the category of dancers under age 18) were crowned world champions at the World Irish Dance Championships.

Doherty and McHugh beat out more than 6000 dancers representing five continents over the eightday competition. The championships took place in Philadelphia, Pa., the first time the competitions were hosted outside of Ireland and Scotland in its 39-year history. Flatley, who was in attendance, received an award acknowledging his special achievements in Irish Dance such as producing and choreographing multiple Irish dance shows including Lord of the Dance.

“We are so happy for Scott and Michael. Their dedication to Irish dance and exceptional abilities are just some of the reasons they are part of the Lord of the Dance team,” said Flatley. He added, “I was just ecstatic to see them both crowned as world champions and we are very fortunate to have them as part of our cast.” Doherty and McHugh are in a cast made up of Irish dance phenoms from around the globe. “Each one is a superstar.”

Flatley, Lord of the Dance’s creator and artistic director, was the first guest judge to appear on ABC’s hit reality television program “Dancing With The Stars.” In November 2007, he and cast members from Lord of the Dance performed on the show. The thrilled studio audience clapped throughout and gave a standing ovation as Flatley and his hypnotizing dancers completed the routine.

“That kind of reaction speaks directly to the quality of dancers who I have had the privilege to bring to the stage,” Flatley said. “They give of themselves in a way that is unique alone to Irish dancing, stretching a form of dance that has evolved over more than 2,000 years.”

The dancers’ average age is 22, and each one has achieved individual recognition as a national or worldwide dance champion.

More than 100 million people worldwide have seen Lord of the Dance -- the international Irish dancing extravaganza that has performed sold out shows at theaters, arenas and stadiums in over 67 countries.

“Our success demonstrates the hunger people have,” said Flatley, “to wholly submerge themselves into a world where dancers interpret every nuance of classic good versus evil through modern Celtic music.”

For more information, ticket sales or memorabilia, please visit www.lordofthedance. com.

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