Michael Flatley - My Story, The Lord of the Dance
From the international star of Riverdance and creator and star of Lord of the dance, Feet of Flames, and now, Celtic Tiger, comes this no-holds-barred autobiography that reveals the person, the passion, and the drama behind Michael Flatley’s astounding rise from the streets of Chicago to the heights of fame, wealth, and artistry.
After breaking onto the international dance scene as the star of Riverdance, Michael Flatley has shattered records, silenced doubters, revolutionised an ancient dance form, and brought joy to millions of people all over the world. But growing up in Chicago as the son of Irish immigrants, Michael did not show early promise. He played an old wooden flute, he fought in the schoolyard and in tournaments, and he helped his father dig ditches. It wasn’t until he was eleven and was “dragged by the ears” to dance school that Michael found his calling. After winning virtually every major American Irish dancing competition, Michael went on to become the first American ever to win the All-World Irish Dancing Championship, catching the attention of some producers who were looking for step-dancing performers for their upcoming televised song contest. Riverdance – and a new man – were born.
The show became a huge hit, but Michael Flatley and Riverdance abruptly parted company. In his book, Michael explains what really happened backstage at Riverdance and how he went on to launch one of the greatest show business success stories of all time- Lord of the Dance. In his own words, Michael tells what it’s like to ride a rocket to stardom, and he addresses some of the drama and controversy that surrounds his success, like the 2003 rape charge, his turbulent love life, and the illness and injuries that have threatened his career. He also takes you behind the scenes for a look at the dancer’s life, revealing how he creates his solos and shows and describing the training that has kept him dancing for so long.
Filled with commentary from family, friends, colleagues, and celebrities and brimming with Michael’s Irish charm and good humour, this book is the very personal story of a man who has lived life to the fullest according to his own credo: Nothing is impossible.
Michael Flatley has performed his electrifying brand of Irish step dancing all over the world to an audience of millions. His most recent show, Celtic Tiger is currently touring the world.