SOLE MAN; Dance Lord Michael Flatley keeps his cool.
He plunges into a bath of ice within seconds of the curtain falling.
He told me: "It's true, I do bathe in ice after every performance.
"It takes me a few hours to calm down afterwards because the show is so energetic. We dance really hard and the best way we can.
"My body temperature rises so much that I use a bath of ice to cool down."
The charismatic star brings his breathtaking Lord Of The Dance to Glasgow's SECC for a four-day run starting on Saturday.
The 38-year-old millionaire is looking forward to a Scottish reception.
"I've a great feeling about returning to Scotland," he said. "I'm sure we'll have a ball. It'll be brilliant."
Flatley has gone from strength to strength since being asked to leave his pounds 50,000 a week job as the lead in Riverdance.
He's dancing all the way to the bank, as Lord Of The Dance continues to receive plaudits from fans around the world.
The video of the show has already sold 1.5 million copies and could earn him a staggering pounds 30 million over the next five years, while the shows continue to sell out around the UK.
The Chicago-born star - who never mentions his previous job by name - admitted: "To be honest, the hardest and worst point of my life was getting out of bed when I left the last show.
"It was my greatest struggle. But I realised the people out there deserved more. I promised myself never to give in."
HE added philosophically: "Right now, I'm the happiest I've been in my whole life.
"I've had to make sacrifices, but there are sacrifices in everything. It was never going to be easy.
"There are always going to be ups and downs, highs and lows. But I don't want to live a life of mediocrity. If you work hard enough, there will always be rewards."
Despite being double the age of many dancers, Flatley gives 100 per cent during the glittering stage extravaganza.
And with feet insured for pounds 25 million, the ageing Irish jigger says he is fully committed to his new show.
"My dancers are 19 or 20 and smile because they feel the music and the dance and the audience," says Flatley.
"It's very sexy. We try to get across the sensuality of the dance. And we are aware that the harder we work, the better the response that we get from the audience.
"It's punishing hard work for everybody," says Flatley.
"When we rehearse, everything happens from crying on the floor to laughing together.
"Lord Of The Dance is a journey which we look forward to every part of."
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 23, 1997|
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