In 2008, Michael Flatley will earn more money than any other live performer whether he actually steps onto the stage or not. His world is now something of which his parents might only have once dreamed.Michael and Eilish Flatley left Furteen, county Sligo, in 1947 to make a new life for themselves in America. They settled on the southwest side of Chicago and began raising a family that would eventually grow to include five children. The second child, a son named Michael Ryan, was born on July 16, 1958. He was only four years old when his grandmother, a dancer from Carlow (and a Leinster champion) taught him his first Irish dance steps.