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Michael Flatley launches dance academy

James Keegan and Michael Flatley dancers in reheasals. Photo: Marotiri/Brian Doherty James Keegan and Michael Flatley dancers in reheasals. Photo: Marotiri/Brian Doherty
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Michael Flatley is to launch his own dance academy later this year.

Flatley’s new venture will begin teaching classes in and around London from September, with plans to expand internationally in the next five years.

Beginner to advanced level classes will be taught as part of the Michael Flatley Dance Academy, which Flatley said aimed to bring Irish dancing to young people in a “positive and mentoring environment”.

He added: “After touring the world for over 20 years and seeing the joy on people’s faces, I’m delighted to open the first ever Michael Flatley Dance Academy that will teach my unique show style Irish dance technique to children and dancers of all ages and genres.”

Classes will be taught by Lord of the Dance performers James Breen and Sarah Redmond, with Simona Mauriello and Ellie O’Sullivan. Guest teachers will also take part in the classes, the first term of which will run from September until December this year.

The academy costs £130 for 13 classes, which covers a term. The classes take place in various locations in and around London.

Last year, Flatley ran an outreach programme in the West End alongside his Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games show, which offered free lessons to young people.

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