Byline: EAMONN O'HANLON
FORMER Riverdance star Colin Dunne has revealed for the first time how money woes almost robbed him of his love of Irish dancing.
Colin, who replaced Michael Flatley as the male lead in Riverdance, admitted he thought he was finished when his own show collapsed in 1999 with debts of pounds 3million.
He said he found himself unable to dance for four months after his Dancing On Dangerous Ground extravaganza went down the tubes, just eight nights after it opened in New York.
Unknown to the public, the show's closure coincided with the end of Colin's relationship with his girlfriend of five years.
"It was scary. I lost the show, lost the dosh, lost the girl. All in the one go!"
"I didn't dance for about four months. I went to dance classes, contemporary, jazz, yoga, t'ai chi... anything physical which I thought might relate if I did go back to dance."
Colin, a nine-times All-Ireland dance champion, dazzled audiences all over the world with his deft dancing skills during four heady years with Riverdance.
His troubles began after he quit to set up his own production company - Tricky Feet - with his former Riverdance partner Jean Butler.
The pair ploughed more than pounds 250,000 of their own money into the venture and raised an additional pounds 1.5million to launch the aptly-named Dancing On Dangrous Ground.
They had hoped it would rival Flatley's Lord Of The Dance and Feet of Flames spectaculars, but the show never took off, despite being launched in a fanfare of publicity at the Theatre Royal in London's Drury Lane. …