Saturday 20 January 2018

'Michael Flatley is always bringing us on nights out' - Lord of the Dance stars

Katrina O'Donnell
Katrina O'Donnell
Nikita Cassidy
Nikita Cassidy

Irish dancers Nikita Cassidy and Katrina O'Donnell have revealed that when it comes to strutting their stuff on stage, blondes do have more fun.

Mayo native Katrina O'Donnell (29) and Galway girl Nikita Cassidy (25) are two of the stars of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance show.

The talented pair admitted they reckon fair-haired dancers stand out more during their gruelling performances.

"Blondes look better on stage," Nikita told the Herald. "The hair stands out more.

Nikita Cassidy
Nikita Cassidy

"There are a lot of blondes in the show - two lead roles and the lead 'good girl' is blonde and the 'bad girl' is dark. We are the innocent ones," she said.

The beauties both danced with Flatley for his last-ever stage performance on St Patrick's Day in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, after which the Riverdance legend took them out for a night on the town.

"He always says, 'guys enjoy it, because these are the best days of your life'. He's very good to us," Katrina said.

"He's always bringing us on nights out. They are great. Shots, bottles of champagne, everything. He goes wild.

Nikita Cassidy
Nikita Cassidy

"He will still be out when we are going home. When we go out, we all let loose."

The dancers revealed their director was teary-eyed during his final performance.

"It was an emotional one. We were all crying. It was very sad, but exciting as well," Nikita said.

"Michael gave us a speech before we went on. You could see his emotions coming out.

"He's had 20 years of it and he's so passionate about it. He had tears in his eyes and that got us going.

"We had to make sure that was a really good one - and it really was. It has to be hard for him to not dance again.

"The crowd were amazing because they knew it was his last one as well."

Although there is pressure to put on a good performance, the girls said Flatley has always been understanding.

"He wants us to do well. He works really personally with you. I have never seen him angry. He pushes you and encourages you. He's very hands-on with the shows," Katrina said.

Tickets for the show - , which will be in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from June 21-25 - are available from Ticketmaster outlets.

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