Awards & Honors
In chronological order:
In April, at the first Irish Dance World Championships held in the United States, Michael was presented with an award for his significant achievements in Irish dance.
On April 25, Michael was presented as Entertainer of the Decade, at a black tie event organised by the Variety Club of Ireland, at Dublin’s Four Seasons
On February 25, Michael Flatley was honoured with the Freedom of Sligo. The award was presented by Mayor Jonathan McGoldrick at a VIP ceremony at City Hall.
In October, Michael received the "Spirit of Ireland" award from the Irish Arts Center in New York, for his support and promotion of Irish arts and culture, and in recognition of his "achievements and true legacy of introducing Irish dance to the world." Other well known attendees included Pierce Brosnan, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson.
The Freedom of the City of Cork was conferred on Michael Flatley at a ceremony in City Hall on June 2, in recognition of "his achievements as a world class performer and a person of outstanding artistic talent." Past recipients include President John F. Kennedy, President Mary McAleese, John Hume and Roy Keane.
January 15, Michael was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the University College Dublin Law Society.
May 15, Michael received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York. Each year, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) gives Ellis Island awards to ethnic Americans from all backgrounds who have made valuable professional and patriotic contributions. The awards pay tribute to those who have preserved the distinct values and heritage of their ancestors.
October 30, Michael was honored at the annual Wild Geese Celtic Ball in Stamford, Connecticut for his outstanding achievements in promoting and preserving Irish culture and heritage. Previous honorees include President Mary McAleese of the Republic of Ireland; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, playwright Brian Friel, poet Seamus Heaney and traditional Irish musician Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains.
November 3 - The national university of Ireland University College Dublin (UCD) awarded Mr. Michael Flatley an Honorary Doctorate in law as part of the University College Dublin’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Michael was recognized for his contribution to the arts.
March 14, at The Plaza Hotel in New York, Michael received the prestigious Irish American of the Year award from Irish America Magazine for his outstanding commitment and dedication to Irish dance and Irish culture worldwide.
May 31, Michael performed for world leaders at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin at the 300th Anniversary Celebration of St Petersburg, Russia. The gala was attended by 50 world leaders including US President George W. Bush, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and China's Head of State, Jiang Zemin.
August 8, Michael staged a special performance with his dancers to benefit the Red Cross of Monaco. The annual Red Cross Ball takes place at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club where this year, His Serene Highness Prince Albert presented Michael with a Grimaldi Dynasty Award Medal for his contribution to the world of dance.
September 9, Michael met with the legendary Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The former president, who personally requested the meeting, honored Michael as the biggest selling artist in South African history and presented him with an original numbered copy of his book, Long Walk to Freedom.
September 29, after a spectacular opening night performance by Troupe One at the Apollo Hammersmith Theatre in London, Sir Cliff Richard presented Michael with a silver salver to commemorate the achievement of $500,000,000 in Lord of the Dance ticket sales worldwide.
October 8, at the Celtic Ball held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Michael received an award from the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the USA (ICCUSA) for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and Entertainment.
October 11, Lord of the Dance celebrated its fifth sensational year in Las Vegas. At an after-show celebration, Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen presented Michael with awards from the offices of both Mayor Goodman and Governor Kenny Guinn. Saturday, October 11, was proclaimed "Michael Flatley Lord of the Dance Day" in the city of Las Vegas and Clark County by Mayor Oscar Goodman, and declared "Michael Flatley Day" in the state of Nevada by Gov. Kenny Guinn.
In January, Michael was awarded Germany's top Music Video Prize for Feet of Flames, which has sold over 450,000 copies. He also collected a trophy for sales in excess of 9 times platinum.
In March, President Clinton presented Michael with the Irish-America Lifetime Achievement Award.
In June Michael brought Feet of Flames, The Victory Tour to the US thrilling his US fans and fulfilling his dream of performing before a sold out audience at Madison Square Garden.
In December, Michael was the guest of honor at the annual Christmas luncheon given by the Variety Club of Great Britain. There he received an award from the Irish Dancing Commission appointing him the first Fellow of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha with an Honorary Higher Diploma in recognition of his services to Irish Dancing. The Irish Dancing Teachers' Association of North America also presented him with a silver platter making him a lifetime member.
In March, Michael took Feet of Flames to Europe performing before sold-out crowds including a performance before 100,000 people in Budapest, Hungary.
Michael was again acknowledged as the highest paid dancer by the Guinness Book of World Records