‘Riverdance’ star Jean Butler talks about life after Irish culture phenomenon (VIDEO)
Butler remains an inspiration for the up and coming generation of Irish dancers today
When asked what advice she would give dancers today, Butler said "(What I would tell them) if they wanted to listen – and I never listened when I was young – is that they need to know that dancing is not just about the body.”
"They (the young dancers) need to know that to have a full life as a dancer, you have to get rid of this idea of perfectionism.”
"You need to cultivate your brain: feed your mind and body. You need to have that connection because when a performer is fulfilled, they have this presence which everybody talks about.”
Now it is Jean’s younger sister Cara is rising to stardom the in the world of Irish dance. "Cara is the most incredible Irish dancer out there. She has been working so hard and I remain her biggest fan," Jean said. Based in New York and Toronto, Jean and Cara have not been in Ireland for years, but decided this year to have a sort of gathering of their own.
While in Ireland, Jean had the chance to reunite with some old familiar ‘Riverdance’ faces, most notably John McColgan and Moya Doherty, the composers and producers behind Riverdance who invited Jean to perform in the now iconic debut of Riverdance in 1994.
"It was lovely because I hadn't seen them in such a long time," Butler said. "We talked about family and friends and about their new show [Heartbeat of Home], which sounds so exciting. I know a lot of people working on it so I'll definitely be catching it.”
Butler shows no signs of slowing down. After receiving rave reviews for her solo dance show ‘Home’ in New York, she is now considering pursuing a doctorate in dance.
However, don’t expect a memoir anytime soon.
"The amount of people I've met while back in Dublin, asking me if I am going to write a book. The answer from me is 'No'.”
"I just want to do what I am doing now, I have no interest in living my life in a public way. It's that simple.”
Watch the now famous 1994 debut of ‘Riverdance’ at the Eurovision Song Contest featuring Jean Butler here:
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