When you’ve spent more than a decade Irish step dancing nearly daily, you too would welcome the chance to cool your dogs in a big tub of ice. That’s what Adam McSharry and the rest of the cast of the traveling show of “Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance” do after each night’s show, like the one they’re performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Bangor Auditorium.
“We’re very careful, and we’re sure to work out every day and take care of ourselves,” said McSharry, who has danced for 13 years with the company founded by Michael Flatley in the mid-1990s. “I’ve been lucky to have never had a serious injury. But we do jump into giant tubs of ice after each show. You get used to it after a while.”
McSharry, a native of Birmingham, England, has been step dancing since he was 3 years old. His mother and father did it; they even met each other while in dancing class. Now 33, McSharry shows no signs of slowing down — in fact, he’s as enthusiastic about the art of dancing as a dancer half his age.
“It’s in our blood,” he said. “When I was a kid, it was dancing and soccer, all the time. I had to choose eventually, so I chose dancing. Been doing it ever since. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Flatley is incredible, and he’s over 50 now. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.”
Flatley, who rose to international fame during the “Riverdance” craze of the mid-1990s, started “Lord of the Dance” in the late 1990s. McSharry has been on board since those early days, when he was onstage with Flatley every night during 13 sold-out “LOTD” performances at Wembley Arena in London. From there, McSharry has been a cast member with “Lord of the Dance” in countless tours across the world. He has visited every state in the United States, every European country and many cities in Asia, Africa and South America.
There are two “LOTD” troupes — one that is touring eastern Europe, and one that is touring the United States. The performance is based on an old-fashioned good vs. evil story, and McSharry plays the villain, Don Dorcha. Though he has many fond memories of dancing with “LOTD” all over the world, McSharry recalls a performance in Texas a few years back that was particularly memorable, as former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were in attendance.
“She was very sweet, very friendly,” said McSharry. “I also remember getting to dance onstage with Michael Flatley in Taiwan, back in 2009. That was a thrill. He’s such an inspiration to anyone in Irish dancing.”
“Lord of the Dance” will be performed at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Bangor Auditorium. Tickets are $37 and $49.50 and are available at the Bass Park box office or by calling 990-4444.