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Moya Doherty is proud to announce that Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, is back by popular demand, and will play the Straz Center for the Performing Arts from Jan 19-21 and at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 26–28.

Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves about Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, “As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”

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Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour features new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.

“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Lead Dancer Maggie Darlington for this exclusive interview:

At what age did you begin dancing?

I started when I was 3. I had two older sisters who were already dancing, so I picked it up at a very early age.

What was your first professional gig?

I may have been paid for smaller jobs earlier, but my first big stint was at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. The show was called Celtic Fyre, and I worked there for the summer in 2010.

Other than this show, what show has been your favorite to dance in?

I did a show called Battle of the Bands. It was dinner theater, and the reason it stands out is because it was so fun to do something from scratch. I still have amazing friends from that project.

What’s your fantasy role?

I do love Newsies, but I am not really a modern dancer.

How did you get cast in Riverdance?

I auditioned with the dance captain and about a year later I got cast. I have now been with them for six years.

What should the audiences expect out of 20th anniversary tour of Riverdance?

Traditionally the girl numbers have been light and pretty but this new tour has new numbers including an acapella number for the girls which is a strong and powerful number.

This show is such a good celebration of Irish music and culture. We also have tap and Russian ballet, so there is something for everybody. In addition, the whole cast loves what we do and I think that comes across.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play the Straz Center’s Morsani Hall, Jan. 19-21. Regularly priced tickets $35.25-$95.25, and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at strazcenter.org. Riverdance will also play at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from Jan 26-28. Regularly priced tickets range from $34.25 to $99.25, and may be purchased by calling 844.513.2014 or by going to DrPhillipsCenter.org.

For more information, please visit: riverdance.com