Joseph Moriarty (USA) is a dancer, choreographer, played the main role in the world famous Irish show «Riverdance». Co-director of the ML Dance Academy — (Ohio, USA). He has toured all over the world, performed for the imperial family in Japan, the President of Ireland, on Broadway, in the People’s Hall of China of China, on the main stage of Russia — Moscow Kremlin State Palace. He has instructed dance camps in New York and Los Angeles as well as masterclasses in Japan and Colorado.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Joseph started traditional Irish dancing at the age of seven. It was soon obvious he had a natural flair for dancing and within a couples of years was winning age group titles at the US Midwestern Regional and US National Irish Dancing Championships. Joseph progressed to competing at the World Championships and consistently placed in the top five.
Joseph then joined Riverdance-The Show in 1997 at the age of sixteen, and was asked to train for a lead position shortly after. Joseph is to date, the youngest male ever to be given the principal role. He is the second North American male to be given the lead role in the history of the show. Joseph was the longest tenured male lead in Riverdance history.
Joseph toured with Riverdance for over thirteen years spanning the globe. His career highlights include starring on Broadway, performing in the People’s Hall of China and the Moscow Kremlin State Palace, as well as performances for the Empress of Japan, the President of Ireland and many others.
Joseph is recognized by An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha as a T.C.R.G. certified Irish Dance instructor. Joseph has taught extensively throughout his touring career. He has instructed dance camps in New York and Los Angeles as well as masterclasses in Japan and Colorado. Mr. Moriarty also performs regionally with the top Irish bands.
Joseph is Co-Director and Co-Owner of The ML Dance Academy with his wife Yulia. They operate an extremely successful and competitive dance academy located in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, U.S.A. They have won numerous regional and national awards including overall winners, choreography and technique accolades. Their academy has competed in the Youth American Grand Prix Finals at the Lincoln Center in New York City and also the World Ballet Art