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Riverdance role ‘best job in world’, insists Northern Ireland star Amy-Mae

Lead dancer Amy-Mae Dolan, from Co Tyrone, at an event to mark the launch of Riverdance’s updated show
Lead dancer Amy-Mae Dolan, from Co Tyrone, at an event to mark the launch of Riverdance’s updated show

By Catherine Wylie

A Co Tyrone dancer with a leading role in the new-look Riverdance tour was not even born when the show opened in 1995.

Amy-Mae Dolan (21), from Aghyaran, is loving being part of the long-running success.

She said her role is "the best job in the world", adding: "It's that music. It's incredible. It just makes my heart beat so, so fast. It fills my body with adrenaline. I just thank everyone who helped me get there."

The Irish dancing phenomenon has thrilled audiences worldwide for a quarter of a century and will return to the UK with an updated show next year on its 25th anniversary.

Riverdance took its first steps as the interval act at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, before it was developed into a full-length show, changing the face of Irish dance.

To celebrate 25 years of toe-tapping, the show's composer, Bill Whelan, has re-recorded his Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, while producer Moya Doherty and Strabane director John McColgan have brought in new lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.

Love has blossomed for 142 performers since the show began, with 71 marriages and long-term relationships and 108 babies born, with more on the way.

Amy-Mae said on a recent tour there were four or five couples.

"It just seems to be part of the Riverdance culture... it just seems to happen and I do think this is kind of the best time of their lives - when they're part of Riverdance - so it's like you find your soulmate , I guess," she added.

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