Mon, Dec 06, 2010
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Romance's afoot in Riverdance

Romance's afoot in Riverdance THERE must be something in the air at Riverdance.

The Irish music and dance extravaganza has played matchmaker to many dancing couples.

They include Padraic Moyles, 31 and Niamh O' Connor, 34 (above), who tied the knot two years ago after dating for eight years.

The pair are part of the 44-strong troupe in Singapore for Riverdance, The Farewell Tour.

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Moyles is the lead dancer in the two-hour show, which features high-kicking toe-tapping dancing.

His pairing up with O' Connor makes them the 37th couple in the travelling show's history since it began in 1994.

O' Connor revealed that she and Moyles have actually known each other since they were young as both of them took up competitive dancing.

Despite the show's gruelling schedule - nine cities in the next six months - the pair believes performing together does not affect their marriage.

O' Connor pointed out one obvious perk: "It's nice to have a partner around when you are travelling."

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But despite all that jet-setting, the all-important proposal was done in O' Connor's home in Dublin, Ireland.

Moyles popped the question in May 2007 when they were home on a break.

He said: "I went to buy a specially designed ring for her and was heading to another Riverdance couple's wedding.

But I decided to do it back at her house as I know her family is very important to her and that was where it all happened."

The couple said they plan to start a family soon.

Said O'Connor, who dreams of having two kids: "I am not getting any younger but it will be very demanding to travel with children.

"We have married couples who do that but I am not sure if I'm up for it."

She added: "(Moyles) and I are trying to decide on the best solution."

Moyles and O' Connor aren't the only couple in the company.

There are eight others, including principal dancers Alan Kenefick, 26, and Ciara McGillan, 24.

On mixing work and pleasure, McGillan said: "It is good to have someone closer to you but it can also be bad because you are together all the time."

WHAT: Riverdance, The Farewell Tour
WHERE: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
WHEN: Now showing till Dec 12. Tue - Fri: 8pm; Sat: 2pm and 8pm; Sun: 2pm and 7pm
TICKETS: $70 to $170 available from Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg or 63485555).

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