Michael Flatley, a famous American dancer and choreographer best known for his work on the Irish musical Riverdance, underwent surgery for a “aggressive form of cancer.”

He was “in the care of an excellent team of doctors” according to a message on his Instagram page, which also stated that no further comments will be made.

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The seven-minute Riverdance performance, which debuted in Dublin during the 1994 Eurovision intermission, catapulted 64-year-old Flatley to prominence.

Here’s a look at his net worth, career, family and more.

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Flatley has a net worth of an astounding $350 million. He is well-known throughout the world for producing traveling dance productions like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, among others, that have generated over $1 billion in revenue altogether.

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Flatley was born on July 16, 1958, and was raised in Chicago’s south side. He is currently 64 years old.


Following high school, Flatley worked in a variety of industries. He  toured with Green Fields of America in 1978 and 1979. He toured with The Chieftains in the 1980s, but when he requested to join the group permanently, he was denied.

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Mary Robinson, the president of Ireland, and dance show producers took notice of Flatley, who then received an invitation to assist in developing an intermission entertainment for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. He participated in the interval act of the competition, which was hosted in Ireland, and gave a 7-minute performance titled Riverdance.

Following widespread praise, Flatley wanted to expand the show into a theatrical play, which eventually became Riverdance. Produced by Moya Doherty, the show featured major choreography by Flatley and lead performances from Jean Butler and Flatley himself.

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After Riverdance’s split, Flatley made the decision to start his own show, Lord of the Dance, which could be performed outside of traditional theatres, and could be performed in stadiums and arenas. It had its Irish debut at Dublin’s Point Theatre (now the 3Arena) in June 1996, and subsequently it had its British debut at the London Coliseum. The show’s soundtrack was written by Ronan Hardiman. I

Flatley earned $43 million in 1997, placing him 25th among the top-paid artists in the world.

Relationship & Family

At the Royal Albert Hall in London, Flatley met Beata Dziaba. The pair wed in a Danish registry office in 1986, and after having several affairs with different women, they divorced in 1997.

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Flatley started dating Niamh O’Brien, a longstanding dancer from numerous of his shows, in June 2006. The pair wed on October 14, 2006, at Fermoy’s medieval St. Patrick’s Church in County Cork, Ireland, followed by a spectacular reception at Flatley’s historic Castlehyde House.

Flatley and his wife have a son, Michael St. James, born in 2007.