Now called, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, the show is a high-octane and thrilling show, as Michelle confirmed to the ‘Journal’.
“It’s an amazing show, and I’m delighted to be a part of it. Michael has never been afraid to push boundaries and this show is no different.
“It’s filled with amazing costumes, set to a new soundtrack and with new staging. I’m enjoying every second.”
An Irish dancer from a young age Michelle is no stranger to new dance routines and hard work.
A World Champion in 2012 she has been practising Irish dancing from the tender age of two.
“I learnt to dance under the tuition of Mary McLaughlin and spent many years at the Derry Feis.”
In fact Michelle has achieved many accolades including winning Feis Dhoire Cholmcille’s Championships on three occasions, consistently placing top two in Ulster and top four at The All Ireland and International Championships, culminating in her becoming An Comhdhail’s Under 21 Ladies’ World Champion in 2012.
She is also no stranger to the stage, having previously toured Australia, China, Europe and the UK with ‘Rhythm of the Dance’ during her gap year in 2009.
This latest role in the troupe involves a gruelling and demanding schedule.
Michelle said, “It’s definitely hard work but we’re always looking after ourselves, training at the gym, eating healthily and doing regular training.
“This run involves eight performances a week; we only get Sundays off. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love dancing on the stage and it’s a great way to see the world, all while doing what I love.”
In fact, Michelle has continued to tour the world extensively after she was selected to join ‘Lord of the Dance’ in 2010.
However, she’s enjoying being based in London for the duration of this run, which doesn’t end until September.
She said, “I don’t get home much because I’m only off one day a week, but being in London means my family can get to visit me more often. My parents, Anne and Billy, as well as my sister and lots of my cousins, have all been to see the show.
“It’s great to know they’re in the audience.”
Michelle also had Derry singer Nadine Coyle starring alongside her for the show’s original run at the Palladium in September 2014, and the first ten performances at the Dominion Theatre, where she reprised her role as Erin the Goddess.
She said, “It was so lovely to have another Derry girl on stage, but there have been quite a few Derry dancers in the troupe too.”
When she’s home in Derry Michelle still trains hard, as she explained, “I currently train with the McConomy School of Irish Dance under Elizabeth McConomy and Tara Doherty any time I get home and have done so for the last two years. They’ve just opened a new state of the art dance studio atRathmore business park which is amazing. I don’t think I would be here without their continuous support and advice throughout the last couple of years.
“I would also like to thank all my family and friends that have helped and supported me over the years to get to where I am today, especially my mum and dad.”
Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Michelle’s sister Jennifer said, “We are all so proud of Michelle. To see her on the West End stage has been wonderful, especially for our parents.”
During the City of Culture year Michelle was also awarded the City of Culture Bursary for Dance and performed in the televised ‘Sons and Daughters’ concert featuring Phil Coulter.
Michelle continues to perform in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games until Saturday 5th September.