Riverdance Takes on 20th Anniversary Tour

If you like a high intense show that is non stop moving then you’ll love RIVERDANCE!  The Irish Dance that has never grown old and just keeps going.  Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, is currently celebrating a sold out, critically acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and will arrive in North America in fall 2015. To mark the eagerly awaited return of the show to North America, ending a four-year absence, Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature 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 acapella hard-shoe number.




Moya Doherty is proud to announce the international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, which is celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, as it makes stops in more than 60 North American cities during the 2015/2016 season. It will return to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from October 30 – November 1. Tickets for the return engagement are available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at select Ticketmaster locations and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).


Julia grew up in Seattle and as a young girl started dancing at age of 6 under the instruction of the Raney sisters at the Tara Academy.  She then fell in love with Irish dancing which then became her focus. She studied under the instructor  She did many other sports as well but Irish dancing is her passion.  She is currently on tour with Riverdance and also is in rolled at Gonzaga University in Washington in which she will finish her Masters once she is done with the tour.

Since Riverdance is mainly all physical I wondered how she kept up with diet, traveling, and doing the shows.  How it impacted her being the first one she did.  She said that she (and pretty much the whole cast) has to eat really healthy (they do eat pizza here and there) but they have to keep a well balanced diet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They hit the gyms a few times a week. I guess you can say they are in SHAPE!

Sometimes you don’t think about all the outfits that they wear in the shows.  Julia mentioned that the men and women go through about 7 each with the help of a wardrobe helper.  Making sure that everything is in place and helping them put them on.  They do however put on their own make and hair.  Makeup and hair is more natural then the typical broadway shows/musicals that you’d see but Julia said if you were to see them walking around town with it on she feels like she’s wearing a lot.  All for the lighting.

The company arranges hotels for them at each city.  Like any one that I interview each person has those special things that they like to travel with.  Julia likes to bring her mini blender to make smoothers in her hotel room with.

So how and when does Julia get to have some free time to enjoy all these fabulous cities that she gets to see?  They typically get 1 day off a week to venture off.  Also before the shows there is some time but usually its preparing for the show and resting.

Julia says this is her passion and she loves performing Irish Dancing.  She’s not sure what she will do after her contract is up.  She does plan on going back to College to finish but she’d love to continue touring as well.  She attended college to aim for getting her masters in Physical Education but her mind is now curving more towards broadcasting in some sort.  Perhaps she got some of the fame dust on her.  I don’t blame her!  Go get them Julia!!!


Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play three days only in Seattle. The schedule for the Seattle engagement is:

Friday, October 30 8:00pm
Saturday, October 31 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 1 1:00pm An ASL / AVIA Interpreted performance
6:30 pm – An Open Caption performance
For tickets to these performances, call the TTY line at 888-331-6774.

Tickets for Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour start at $35 and are available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at select Ticketmaster locations and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is part of the 2015/2016 KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount series, presented by Seattle Theatre Group, with support for the sixth year from KeyBank as the series title sponsor. Brotherton Cadillac is the official auto sponsor, The Roosevelt Hotel is the official sponsor hotel and Alaska Airlines is the official airline sponsor of KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount.

For more information please visit www.riverdance.com.



  • Played 11,000 performances

  • Seen live by in excess of 25 million people in more than 465 venues worldwide

  • Played in 46 countries across 6 continents

  • Travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!)

  • Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people

  • Sold more than 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD

  • Sold 10 million Riverdance videos & DVDs

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.riverdance.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Riverdance

Twitter: @Riverdance

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