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Flatley performs as the original "Lord of the Dance"

If the man who broke the Guinness World Record for number of tap steps per second—35, to be exact—can’t be in Chattanooga, take solace in the fact that the Irish dance show will go on.

Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” is set to play the Scenic City for only one night on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the Memorial Auditorium, with tickets on sale this Friday, Nov. 16.

Though it has suffered numerous parodies—Mike Myer’s opening skit at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards—and countless cultural references—Willem Dafoe’s mocking jig in “Boondock Saints”—”Lord of the Dance” remains the highest-grossing tour ever.

In fact, more than 60 million people spread across 60 different countries have seen the dance phenomena.

The show translates an Irish folktale of good, evil and love into 21 dance scenes. Originally created in 1996, the tour has been updated with new costumes, sets and an LED wall. The dance steps and the thunderous noise of more than 40 dancers simultaneously stomping on the stage in perfect rhythm, however, is the same.

“Lord of the Dance” is one or four shows in which Flatley has been instrumental: He co-choreographed “Riverdance” and choreographed, directed and produced “Feet of Flames” and “Celtic Tiger.” 

Each production revolves around traditional Irish step dance and the trademark finale of a single line of dancers pounding out an insanely technical series of moves. The shows also frequently featured flute solo performances from Flatley himself.

The new tour evolved from the 3-D movie version, which was filmed during Flatley’s 2010 tour, “Michael Flatley Returns as Lord of the Dance.” 

Tickets for the Chattanooga performance range from $27.50 to $47.50 and will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

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