(b Chicago, 16 Jul. 1958)
Irish-US dancer and choreographer. He began to study step dancing locally at the age of 11 and at 16 established a world record by tapping 28 times per second. At the age of 17 he became the first American to win the World Irish Dancing Championships and in 1993 starred in the Irish dance and music special Mayo 5000 with his partner Jean Butler. He then appeared in the Riverdance entertainment which featured in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. From this emerged the hit show Riverdance which he helped to choreograph and in which he starred for two years. In 1995 he left to create and star in his own equally successful show Lord of the Dance, which was followed by a second showcase Feet of Flames (1998). He retired from international touring in 2001 but in 2005 created a new production Celtic Tiger and despite injury has continued to dance occasional performances, including on television.
http://www.michaelflatley.com Flatley's official website