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The Rhythm Team

Musical Director

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Shane Moran is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Mayo, Ireland.

He began playing music when he was 10 years old and competed successfully nationally on both the Banjo and Guitar in his teenage years and soon pursued a professional career in Irish Music.

Shane began working with Rhythm Of The Dance on Banjo and Guitar in 2013 for their 15th Year Anniversary World Tour. In 2016 he was delighted to attain the position as Musical Director for the show. Shane has toured extensively throughout more than 20 countries all over the world with Rhythm Of The Dance and has also featured on two PBS specials with the show.

His professional touring career began when he joined The Spirit Of Ireland in 2013 as a Guitarist and Vocalist and performed throughout Europe. He also held the role as Musical Director for the show. Shane also toured as the leading vocalist and head musician for a 6-month tour across Germany with “Dance Masters” in 2015/2016.

Shane was a featured Musician and Vocalist in Walt Disney World Florida serving 2 residencies in 2017 and 2018.

Shane has had many highlights in his career to date such as performing at the prestigious Kremlin Palace in Moscow, performing at the closing ceremony for the 2015 European Games in Baku-Azerbaijan, performing a residency in the New Orleans Casino Las Vegas and also performing alongside country music legend Dolly Parton in her theme park “Dollywood” as part of the Festival Of Nations.

Choreography

Dane McKiernan Choreographer & Lead Male Dancer. . Dane has been dancing since he was 6 years old. After competing for 8 years, he began touring the world in 2007 with The National Dance Company of Ireland’s ‘Rhythm of the Dance,’ where he performed in the irish dance troupe for two years before moving to ‘Riverdance,’ where he toured worldwide for three years before taking a step away from touring to be part of the modern Irish dance group ‘Prodijig,’ winning Sky’s ‘Got To Dance’ 2012 and touring their show ‘Footstorm’ in Ireland, UK and China. 
In 2014 Dane returned to ‘Rhythm of the Dance,’ where he performs the lead role and is now choreographer for the company. 
Dane is delighted to be a part of the cast and crew as the choreographer with ‘Rhythm of the Dance.’

“It has been great working with everyone involved throughout, it’s very different to anything I’ve worked on before and I’m really looking forward to performing with my fellow cast members.”

Lead Female Dancer

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Amy Marie Prior , Amy was born and raised in Woodford Green, London where she began to dance at the age of 3 with dance teachers Bertie and Helen Roddy, when they gave up teaching she then went on to dance for her close relations Mandy O’loughlin and Sean Hennigan for the Hennigan O’loughlin school. This is where she obtained top 10 in every major competition she entered including every championship in United Kingdom, She has achieved 6 world medals over the years including currently being ranked 8th in The World and 5 x southern regional Oireachtas champion. Amy stopped competing and began her professional dancing career when she was 18 and completed her first tour in Russia and Europe in November 2015, after a year of touring with Rhythm she was then offered the role of Lead Female Principle dancer and has been touring with them since. The highlight of her career so far was Performing lead in front of 7,000 in Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Amy is honoured to be touring with such great cast and company and is excited for her future ahead.
 

The Dancers

Rhythm of the dance blends the principle forms of Irish dance Step, Set, Old Style Step and Sean-nós re-invented and reworked to enhance the production of Rhythm of the Dance.

Rhythm of the dance dancers are among the most accomplished Irish dancers in the world.  Over the years the show has been proud to boast numerous national, international and world champion dancers. Their dedication to the art form of Irish dance is clearly evident on stage during production. With their graceful movement and disciplined control it is often said that “they make it look easy”.  What is not evident is the off stage commitment required to reach the panicle of Irish dance demanded of the rhythm of the dance dancers.  With the rigours of touring and the endless hours of rehearsals and practice, working and reworking routines the dancers of Rhythm of the Dance form lifelong friendships and get to know intricately know each other’s dance styles and timing. And it is this unique knowledge that enables the dancers and choreography team to deliver the driving rhythmic performance which has been enjoyed live by millions worldwide.

 

Production

The shows producer, Kieran Cavanagh has for many years been a promoter of international renown and was the recipient of the prestigious CMA award for “International Promoter Of The Year 1995” in Nashville TENN.. His roster of concert successes, too numerous to list in full here include sell out tours with , Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the late Tammy Wynette etc and for some twenty two years has promoted sell -out concerts in Ireland for Irelands truly International star Daniel O’Donnell. 
Kieran continues to expand his productions, promotions, and agency under the heading KCP. With “Rhythm of the Dance”, Kieran fulfilled a long held ambition in the late ‘90’s to produce a superb dance spectacular. Having invested a vast amount of time and effort into market research he finally came up with the blueprint to create and bring to fruition “Rhythm of the Dance” in 1999 and judging by reaction to the shows continual worldwide touring and 7 million ticket sales, he got the formula just right. KCP book and route tours for International artists on a worldwide basis and Kieran prides himself on his company being one of the very few Irish based companies who undertake and manage tours on a worldwide basis.

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Kieran Cavanagh

Producer:                      Kieran Cavanagh
Choreographer:             Dane McKiernan
Wardrobe Manager:       Anna Slomka
Set Design:                   Evgeniy Gurenko
Production:                   Prosound Ltd.

Production Administrator Annemarie Carey

Production Manager:          Greg Kozlowski
Tour Manager:                    Ken Cavanagh
Lighting Manager:              Michal Wiktor
Merchandising Manager:    PJR Merchandising
Tour Accountants:             BH & Company
Legal and Business:          Barry Lyons & Co. Dublin.