When Jason O'Neill was seven he watched the Eurovision Song Contest when a number called "Riverdance" came on. "The world hadn’t seen Irish dancing in this context before," recalls the dancer. "It was cool and interesting and exhilarating and I remember wanting to become apart of it as a child."
O'Neill says it was "a dream come true" when he eventually joined the high-energy theatrical experience — now celebrating its 20th Anniversary World Tour — six years ago.
We chatted with the now 29-year-old about the show's history, new elements to expect and if he ever gets sore from all that fancy footwork.
Wow. Twenty years of "Riverdance," how does it feel to be apart of the show this year?
It feels like a celebration. It’s all a bit surreal. We only have a few weeks left and we’re excited to come to Philadelphia.
When did you first start dancing?
I have six sisters. Big Irish family and they all danced. I was always reluctant to get involved but one day I went with them to dance class and I stayed and I’ve stayed for over 20 years now! [laughs] All my sisters quit and I developed this passion for the music and the rhythm. It was on a whim as a child and blossomed into what I do full-time now.