The art of performance, mentoring and developing high potential

Padraic Moyles

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Padraic Moyles emigrated to New York when he was nine years old. Padraic has danced in Riverdance thousands of times to millions of people throughout the world over the last 15 years. He has danced at the biggest venues and in front of the world leaders in business, sport and politics.

Dancing under the tutelage of Donny Golden, he joined Riverdance in 1997, going on to become Dance Captain and Principal Dancer and also being nominated for an Ovation Award for his leading role in the show. 

In 2006 he joined the Broadway production of ‘The Pirate Queen’ as Dance Captain before returning to Riverdance in 2008. Later that year, Padraic was a member of the cultural delegation to Norway with President Mary McAleese.  

Padraic is also a performance consultant working with McNulty Performance over the last ten years providing top class performance workshops and talks to corporate audiences. Padraic’s mindset, energy, enthusiasm and leadership is world class.


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3:34 Padraic’s experience of dancing from a young age 

8:22 Emigrating to New York aged nine

15:14 How parents can instil or encourage passions in their kids

20:01 Being inspired by his teacher Donny Golden

24:15 The career risks as a performer

29:45 Music therapy and autism

33:10 Padraic’s teaching philosophy

41:51 The signs that a young person has the potential to be a professional dancer

43:34 How to cope with the physical demands of a dancing career

49:12 Padraic’s first lead role in Riverdance, September 1999

52:53 Advice on managing stage fright

1:01:14 Keeping a Riverdance performance fresh night after night

1:03:27 The change in dynamics when being a Dance Captain

1:09:52 The impact of audience participation and performance

1:15:42 The approach to performance management

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