Principal Dancer, Riverdance
Lauren Smyth has been a principal dancer with Riverdance since 2011.
Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, Smyth started dancing at the age of four in the Festival tradition of Irish dance, which is mainly based in Ulster. She was the first female Irish dancer from the Festival tradition to become a principal dancer with Riverdance and is proud to lead the troupe in performances around the world. Smyth recently had the opportunity to perform at Radio City Music Hall in Riverdance’s 25th anniversary show, a moment that she lists as a career highlight.
Before joining Riverdance, Smyth performed in the lead role for the Irish dance show Rhythm of the Dance, which she toured extensively with for three years. She is passionate about making a difference in the Irish dancing community, and she recently launched her own online dance academy. Smyth hopes that, by sharing her positivity and wealth of knowledge about Irish dance, she can inspire other dancers to fulfill their potential.
Smyth is also a keen choreographer and had the chance to showcase some of her work during Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland in 2018. She enjoys the challenges that go hand-in-hand with creating, and she is excited for what’s to come in the next chapter of her life.