Michael Flatley and dance troupe added to the bill for Trump inauguration ball

Michael Flatley and his dance troupe have been added to the bill for Donald Trump's inauguration ball. Picture by Declan Roughan

FORMER Riverdance frontman Michael Flatley and his dance troupe are to take part in an event marking Donald Trump's inauguration as the next American President.

The Irish dancing maestro (58) is enroute to Washington for the Liberty Hall performance.

It remains unclear if the Chicago-born native will perform on stage at the event, which celebrates Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday.

It has been reported that the Lord of the Dance star, who retired in March 2015, may set the scene for his troupe prior to their performance at the inauguration ball.

It is also understood that Flatley and his dancers were only added to the line-up on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the star told RTÉ: "Michael Flatley is on his way to Washington where his dance troupe will perform at the inauguration ceremony for US President-elect Donald Trump".

Trump (70) is believed to be a fan of the dancer and has attended a number of shows over the years.

Among the performers involved in Flatley's dance group is a world champion Irish dancer from Kilwaughter, near Larne.

Morgan Comer (27) spent four years touring the world with Flatley's Lord of the Dance production before retiring last year to work as a physiotherapist in Larne.

However, it is understood the dancer received a call from Flatley last weekend asking him to take part in the inauguration ball performance.

A series of lavish ceremonies are planned for Trump's official take-over as American president with other artists set to perform at inauguration events including, Travis Greene, Sam Moore and The Rockettes.

Many other entertainers, however, have refused invites to perform including Elton John, Celine Dion, Moby and Charlotte Church citing their opposition to Trump’s political stances.


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