Kick it Kate!

Help Kate O’Connor Kick Cancer

Our friend and colleague Kate O’Connor, who teaches at the Butler Fearon O’Connor Academy in California, is currently fighting cancer and BFOC families are selling fun T-shirts in support of her. If you would like to show your support by getting a T-shirt, or sharing their page, please follow this link and/or check out their facebook page.

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Go Team Kate!

Congratulations Caroline Gray, TCRG!

A TCRG is someone who has passed the official teaching exam set by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the governing body of Irish dance. These exams only take place once every few months somewhere in the world, and results come out subsequently. This time around, three of our former dancers have been successful in passing this prestigious exam, making a total of 14 TCRGs who were taught by Frances. We are particularly lucky that Caroline will be teaching with us.

Caroline Gray

In addition to having won every single major championship title, and successfully danced the lead in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games, Caroline has added her TCRG qualification to her list of achievements! Caroline will continue her role as lead and dance captain in Dangerous Games, however whenever she is home she will be joining us here at McGL as part of our teaching staff. Proud does not quite cover it!

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Caroline dancing as leading lady in Lord of the Dance

We would also like to congratulate two other former McGL dancers on passing their TCRG exam this time around:

Jessie Leach

Jessie won many major championships for McGL,including the prestigious All Ireland title. She has also performed in Riverdance. We wish her the very best of luck with her teaching.

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Jessie in her Riverdance costume

Adele Turner

Adele was also a top dancer with McGL, and now joins her sister, Ferne, in teaching at the Turner Academy in Kent. The two have set up a very successful school and we wish them all the best!

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The Turner sisters celebrating their school’s first birthday

Success at McInerney Feis

This year’s feis season has started with a bang at the McInerney feis! We’ve had a great many personal bests and fab results. A special congratulations to our three champions:

**Niall Forrest** **Kelly McGillicuddy** **Ellie-Kate McCarthy**

And to everyone else who danced their hearts out and made for a really enjoyable weekend. Last but not least, thank you to the feis organisers, the McInerney School.

Below are some pictures. Check out day two for some real cuties – the future looks bright!

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McInerney Feis 2016 – Day 1

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McInerney Feis 2016 – Day 2

 

The Brennan Lucey Irish Dance Academy

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McGahan Lees dancer Stephen Brennan, who was one of Frances’ first World Champion dancers, has opened up his own school in Connecticut, USA. He is teaching alongside his close friend Meghan Lucey, who is also a champion dancer. The pair became friends whilst performing in Riverdance together. We are very proud of Stephen and wish him and Meghan the very best of luck for their new school.

Check out their website here and their facebook page here.

Amazing British National Championships Results

We would like to congratulate all our dancers who performed at the British National Championships this July. Keeping going for the entire season is a marathon, and you all pulled it off in style!

Special congratulations to our winners:

**Ashton Canty** **Gavina Zuccharello** **Niall Forrest**

We also had numerous other top 10 finishes…

Liam Forrest – 2nd
Ellie-Kate McCarthy – 6th
Gabrielle Nurse – 7th
Jodie Upton – 8th

…And many more recalls and personal bests!

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Registration 2016-17

Dear all,

The days are counting down to the final deadline for registration forms to be in for this year. Please get yours in as soon as possible and don’t miss out on our new T-shirts which come free with every registration. Forms are available from your teacher, or click here to download one!

Many thanks, McGL