Jean Butler

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Jean Butler

Irish American Irish stepdancer, choreographer, and occasional actress add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1971.

Countries: Ireland (60%), United Kingdom (20%), Europe (20%)

Main connections: Eurovision Song Contest, Michael Flatley, Colin Dunne

Linked to: University of Limerick, University of Birmingham




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Jean Butler was born in 1971 add something


In 1994, under the invitation of producer Moya Doherty, she performed in a seven-minute intermission piece at the Eurovision Song Contest entitled "Riverdance" add something


Michael Flatley - Flatley and Jean Butler choreographed the original "Riverdance" and led the show to great success as the intermission act in the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30, 1994, and starred in the full-length show that was developed from the seven-minute number


Colin Dunne - In June 1998 Dunne left "Riverdance" to begin work on a new project with Jean Butler


In 1999 she was awarded the Irish Post award for "outstanding contribution to Irish Dance" add something


It opened in London in 1999 to critical acclaim, and in New York add something


In 2001 she married Irish designer Cuan Hanley add something


From 2003 to 2005, Butler was Artist In Residence at the University of Limerick's Irish World Music Centre add something


She received a commission from the Irish Arts Council to create a solo work in 2004 add something


In 2005 she released an instructional DVD, "Irish Dance Masterclass With Jean Butler", which her sister participated in, and completed a Master's degree in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick add something


She premiered "Does She Take Sugar-" on 12 April 2007 at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin add something


In 2009 she received the "Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Culture Alumni award" from the University of Limerick add something


She retired from active dancing in 2010 add something


In January 2011, it was announced that she had designed and released her own jewellery line add something