20 Years of Dance

Riverdance got its start at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. The leads and Irish dance chanmpions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley were accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Celtic choral group  Anúna. Following its huge success it was expanded it into a stage show, which opened in Dublin, on Feb 9 1995.


Original Riverdance leads Jean Butler and Michael Flatley.

Later that year the show moved to London. The reaction for Riverdance was so huge the original 10 performances was quickly increased to 151 performances. In March of 1996, the show began a successful tour, selling out 8 shows at Radio City Music Hall. Since then Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

Over the last 20 years Riverdance has racked up some serious numbers. We decided to put together a collection of estimated statistics the show has acquired throughout the years.


Photographer Rob McDogall

– There have been 11,000 performances of “Riverdance”

– It has been seen by over 25 million people in over 465 venues worldwide

– Its played in 46 countries across six continents

– The show has travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!)

– Its played to a global television audience of 3 billion people

– The Grammy Award-winning CD has sold over 3 million copies

– The DVD has sold over 10 million

– 1,500 Irish Dancers


Riverdance Line Photographer Jack Hartin

– 14,000 dance shoes used

– 12,000 costumes worn

– 200,000 gallons of water consumed

– 60,000 gallons of gatorade consumed

– 1,650,000 show programmes sold

– 1,500 flight cases used

– 12,000 stage lighting bulbs used

– 40,000 boxes of tissues used

– 16,250 guitar, bass and fiddle strings replaced


Photographer Jack Hartin

– 284,000 t-shirts sold

– 39 marriages between company members

– 20,000 cumulative years of study in step-dancing by Irish dancers

– 45,000 rolls of self-grip tape used by company physiotherapists

– 15,000 hours of rehearsals on tour

– 5,500,000 pounds of dry ice used on stage


Photographer Jack Hartin

– 60,000 pounds of chocolate consumed (for energy!) by the cast

For tickets to Riverdance visit: www.hollywoodpantages.com/riverdance

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