Caroline Kennedy marks 50th anniversary of JFK's 1963 visit to Ireland

NEW ROSS, Ireland, June 24 (UPI) -- Ireland has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's 1963 visit with events featuring his daughter and members of the clan.

Flatley's first flute CD released

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- Renowned Chicago-born dancer Michael Flatley has recorded his first flute album, which was released Monday on iTunes, his representatives announced. 
Castillo to be Flatley's 'Dance' partner

Castillo to be Flatley's 'Dance' partner

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and television personality Susie Castillo has been named the co-host of the new series "Superstars of Dance," NBC said Thursday.
NBC plans international dance show

NBC plans international dance show

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- "Lord of the Dance" star Michael Flatley has signed on as host of the new competition series, "Superstar Dancers of the World," NBC said Friday.

Flatley to settle false claims for $11M

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- "Lord of the Dance" star Michael Flatley has agreed to accept an $11 million payment to settle false rape claims made by a Chicago exotic dancer.

'Riverdance' star Flatley back on his feet

LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- "Riverdance" star Michael Flatley walked out of a London hospital on his own power Saturday. Flatley, whose public appearance quashed rumors that he continued to suffer from a mysterious but serious illness, told the Daily Mail, "I am on the mend."

Flatley's condition is improving

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Dancer Michael Flatley was said to be feeling "a bit better" in a London hospital where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

Michael Flatley cancels show due to virus

LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- All European dates of the show "Celtic Tiger" have been canceled by lead dancer Michael Flatley due to illness.

'Lord of the Dance' marries in Ireland

CORK, Ireland, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The self-proclaimed "Lord of the Dance," Michael Flatley, has married fellow dancer Niamh O'Brien at St Patrick's Church in Fermoy, Ireland.

Michael Flatley is single again

LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- "Lord of the Dance" Michael Flatley and his girlfriend, Lisa Murphy, have ended their six-year relationship and are no longer living together.

Kiev will be ready for famous song contest

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Kiev will finish reconstruction on its Sports Palace by April 20 -- in plenty of time for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

'Lord of Dance' star sued for $650 million

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Chicago woman has filed a $650 million lawsuit claiming "Lord of the Rings" dancer Michael Flatley sexually assaulted her in Las Vegas.

Judge says Michael Flatley can sue

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A California judge ruled "Riverdance" icon Michael Flatley can sue an Illinois lawyer for extortion for threats made over his client's rape claims.

Michael Ryan Flatley (born 16 July 1958 in the USA) is an American step dancer, writer, flautist, choreographer and occasional television presenter who became internationally known through his theatre musicals, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and others. He shot to fame during the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

From the south side of Chicago, his parents were from County Sligo and County Carlow. Flatley began dancing lessons at 11 and, in 1969, became the first non-European resident to win the All-Ireland World Championship for Irish dance. As a trained boxer he won the Chicago Golden Gloves Championship in 1975 aged 17. Flatley is also known as being a proficient flautist, having twice won the All-Ireland Competition. His younger brother Stavros recently appeared on British television programme Britain's got talent, and takes on much of the same dancing skill and style. In dance, Flatley was taught by Dennis Dennehy at the Dennehy School of Irish Dance in Chicago, then went on to producing his own show. After graduating from Brother Rice High School, on Chicago's South Side, he opened a dance school.

From 1978-79 he toured with Green Fields of America, whose members included Liz Carroll, Father Charlie Coen, Jack Coen, Sean McGlynn, Mick Moloney and Bill Ochs, with a slightly less flamboyant Donny Golden dancing alongside Michael. Later he toured with The Chieftains in the 1980s.

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