Get Ready for Riverdance with These Dancing Celebrities

By Madison Stapels

Riverdance the 20th Anniversary World Tour steps into East Lansing April 1-3. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. To get in the spirit of Riverdance, here are three celebrities that love a bit of Irish dance.


Niall Horan

The 22-year old Irish member of One Direction has been known to break out into an Irish jig or two on stage. Niall is very proud of his Irish heritage and takes every opportunity to bring some luck of the Irish to the crowd with his quick moving feet.

niall horan

Coco Rocha

This 27 year old model is native to Toronto, but her family has celebrated its Irish heritage all her life. When she was younger she trained in Irish Dance for 13 years. She was able to show off some of her talent in a 2007 Paris Fashion Week show for Jean Paul Gaultier. Known for his quirky runway shows, Jean Paul Gaultier encourages his models to dance down the runway, and enlisted Coco to do an Irish jig down the runway – landing her in runway history and cementing her then sky-rocketing career.

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Jean Butler

Jean butler was the original lead in the first theatrical production of Riverdance in 1994, which she helped co-choreograph with Michael Flatley. Since her time with Riverdance, she has become an Irish dance phenomenon, retiring from dance in 2010. Throughout her career she has appeared in several films such as Goldfish Memory, The Revengers Tragedy and The Brylcreem Boys.

Jean butler


Riverdance provides a night of incredible dance, music and song – don’t miss out and buy your tickets now!

For more information about the show click here.

For specially priced $25 student tickets follow this link and enter your MSU PID number.

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