Performers' joy as Lord of the Dance comes home
Irish dancers Katrina O'Donnell (29) and Nikita Cassidy (25, left) are delighted to be back on home turf to perform in Michael Flatley's 'Lord of the Dance' show.
Mayo native O'Donnell and Cassidy, from Galway, will take to the stage at Live At The Marquee in Cork on June 16-18 and Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre on June 21-25.
Having just finished their North American tour, O'Donnell said the trip home is all the more special, as it is her first time performing on Irish shores.
"I was in America for five weeks this year, and then I spent the bones of a year in the West End," she said.
"It's my first time dancing in Ireland. There's something special about coming home. I am really excited to be dancing here."
The friends both danced alongside Flatley (57) for his final show in Las Vegas last St Patrick's Day.
"It was emotional, because he gave a speech beforehand and he was welling up," Cassidy said.
"It has to be hard for him to not dance again. We wanted to make sure it was a good show for him. The crowd were amazing - because they knew it was his last one as well."
The dancers said Flatley treated his performers to a night on the town to mark his final show.
The pair also revealed that, when it comes to quick-stepping it across the stage, blondes really do have more fun.
"Blondes look better on stage," Nikita told the Irish Independent. "The hair stands out more, so there are a lot of blondes in the show."