Michael Flatley of Riverdance Has ‘Aggressive Cancer’
Michael Flatley, an American dancer and choreographer best known for his work on the Irish show Riverdance, has had surgery to treat a “aggressive form of cancer.”
A post on his Instagram page says that he is “under the care of an excellent team of doctors,” and that there will be no more comments.
Flatley, who is 64 years old, became famous with Riverdance, a seven-minute performance that was shown for the first time in Dublin during a break in the Eurovision contest in 1994.
The dance was put together by Flatley. It was a hit at Eurovision, where it featured Irish dancers and music by Bill Whelan. The next year, it opened at Dublin’s Point Theatre as a full-length show.
The Riverdance 25th anniversary website says that more than three billion people around the world have seen the show since it started. Flatley was born in Chicago to Irish-American parents.
He has also written, produced, and directed movies like Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. He had skin cancer on his face before, and he was treated for it in 2003. He also directed and starred in Blackbird, a spy thriller that got mixed reviews.
Flatley plays Victor Blackley, a former MI6 agent who goes back into the spy world after leaving it. Eric Roberts, Patrick Bergin, and Ian Beattie also star in the movie.
Last year, Flatley also did a Lord of the Dance tour, which helped raise money for the Ukrainian relief effort.
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