Lord of the Dance features many talented dancers. This year, that includes 2009 World Irish Dance champions Scott Doherty and Michael McHugh. We had a chance to talk with one of the dancers, Jason Gorman.
Highlights From The Interview
"I got started with Irish dancing when I was eleven," says Gorman. "I went to a class with my cousin. After a couple of invitations from the teacher, I did join the class. (Incidentally, my cousin dropped out.) I really got into it – in fact, I was only sixteen when I was asked to join the cast of Lord of the Dance in Las Vegas. I didn't get to graduate with my class or go to the prom. I did graduate and I've got my diploma, but it was just too good an opportunity to miss."
Jason is also an active outdoorsman. "I'm from California, and I love hiking and getting out into the country. I also like other forms of dance like ballet and even hip hop."
A Lord Of Light From The Sunshine State
"In the current production, I'm actually the ‘ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance. It's a basic story that's sort of based on Irish folklore. There's conflict with my opponent The Lord of Darkness. And there's a bit of romance with a good woman and an evil one as well."
"Lord of the Dance is really a joy to be a part of. Audiences really get into it. We have people from five to eighty-five who are able to follow the story and to connect with the rhythm and the drama. I've had nearly a decade of the story and it's still fresh and new for me each time."