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Originally, Riverdance was just the interval act for the Eurovision Song Contest when Ireland hosted it in 1994 having won the previous year. It was choreographed and danced by Jean Butler and Michael Flatley to music arranged by Bill Whelan based on traditional Irish tunes and dance Rhythms. The dancing featured spectacular solo and massed Irish step dancing with breathtaking precision and synchronisation.

It should have won, being better than any of the acts.

Riverdance went on to be performed all over the world in an expanded show and spawned a similar show - 'Spirit of the Dance' which crossed cultural boundaries with dance bringing in salsa, tap, flamenco,jazz and other influences following on from 'Lord of the Dance' which was the Michael Flatley showcase after he left Riverdance.

banjolin November 9, 2007