Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne – the World Irish Dancing Championships – is taking place next week in Glasgow!
We’d like to wish the organisers, teachers and competitors the very best of luck.
Go n-éirí go geal libh – may you succeed wonderfully!
We’d also like to congratulate new teachers and adjudicators graduating at this year’s ORnC, especially members of our extended McGL family!
**Cecily Charlton ADCRG**
**Ashleigh John TCRG**
**Katie Smith TCRG**
**Brittany Silla TCRG**
**Elena Barrett-Hough TCRG**
**Heather Adlam TCRG**
**Kathy Skrien TCRG**
We had an absolute blast last weekend, with our display teams out performing at a total of 37 venues across Essex, Kent, London and Oxfordshire. We battled through the snow, but it was worth it! Here’s our weekend in pictures. If you’re interested in booking a display, please see our displays page and/or contact us.
A highlight of our weekend was performing at the London St. Patrick’s Day parade on the main stage at Trafalgar Square!
We also performed and gave taster sessions at the Festival Leisure Park in Basildon
Of course, St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without performing at many pubs, bars & social clubs!
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported our feis this year. We tried out a number of new things this year, which we think were successful overall. There’s always things to work on for next year too – so we will keep striving to improve the “feis experience”! Here’s a round-up of our weekend supported by the wonderful photography of Peter Langman, who worked tirelessly for a week after the feis to collate all the photos. They are all FREE for you to download on his website (password: MCGLsat or MCGLsun depending on the day).
Congratulations to all our amazing competitors. The standard of competition was unreal this year, with dancers having traveled from all over the world! Not everyone can win, and not everyone will have walked away entirely happy with their results. However, it was wonderful to see all dancers behaving with respect for their competitors. Because of this we enjoyed a fabulous atmosphere all weekend. It was lovely to see great friendships showing through in the photos.
Of course, we are extra proud of our seven McGL champions!
We’d like also to thank our wonderful panel of adjudicators. They were constantly on the move around the halls this year, since each championship round saw a new panel of three. All championship and prelim marks packs can be downloaded from our Open Feis page. The adjudicators also worked hard in the grades hall, writing comments for all our graded dancers to work on. We hope you found your comments useful!
One of the things we love about open feiseanna is the live music that is played so tirelessly throughout the weekend. Thank you to Dean, Majella and Aidan for providing ours.
Support from friends and family is an essential ingredient that goes into a dancer’s success. We’d like to thank all the supporters who gave up their weekends to make up our fabulous audience. Especially those mums who gave up their mothers day! Here’s some lovely moments that Pete captured.
It was also great to see teachers working hard to support their dancers, as always.
Last but not least, the event literally could not run without the help of our amazing team of parents, friends, family, dancers, ex-dancers and other helpers, who did not stop from Friday to Sunday! Thank you, and please keep the date free for next year! ;-P
This time in two weeks the McGL feis will be well under way, and we’ve got some great features in store!
Every competitor will receive one of our new medals!
First, second and third place medals will be given out in the graded trophy reels, preliminary and open championships, with all other competitors receiving a copper and black medal in these competitions.
We hope you agree they will look amazing on your mantel piece, trophy cabinet or medal board!
As usual, trophies will also be given out for first-third in graded solo dances, with a sash for first place in the trophy reel. All our grade results will be given out using our decorated podium area in the grade hall.
Cups and sashes will also be awarded for first-fifth place in preliminary and open championships.
Adjudicator feedback in Graded Trophy Reels
Another new feature for our graded competitions is that adjudicators will give comments for each dancer competing in the trophy reel. We hope this constructive feedback will prove valuable for our graded dancers and help guide their practice.
Panel of nine adjudicators for Open Championships
All open championships (running on Saturday) will be run using the popular system of adjudication by a panel of nine adjudicators (three for each round).
This year’s photography services will be provided by Peter Langman. Peter will be available all weekend for capturing great moments in social environments and during awards. The best thing is that all these photos will be available to download for FREE after the event.
Social Media Areas
Once again, we will have various social media areas up around the venue, to provide a great backdrop for your selfies! Check in and post away on FB, Instagram and Snapchat! #mcglfeis2018
All in all, we can’t wait for what is set to be a busy and exciting weekend, full of amazing dancing. We hope to provide a great environment to allow all our competitors to dance to their full potential. Please check out our open feis page for full syllabus, provisional timetable and entry forms. Any questions? Just contact us.
Congratulations to all our dancers who competed at the All Ireland Championships last week!
We are very proud to announce that we have two All Ireland Champions!
**Liam Costello (U16 Boys)**
**Ashton Canty (U12 Boys)**
Both boys are now two-times All Ireland Champions!
We had a further two podium positions: Niall Forrest (2nd in the Senior Men) and Gavina Zuccharello (4th in the U19 Ladies)
…And another two finishing in the top ten! Ellie-Kate McCarthy (U12 Girls) and Molly O’Neill (Senior Ladies). Ellie-Kate also won her solo heavy jig!
We are so proud of all our other dancers who went and competed in this world-class field. We had some excellent medals, recalls and personal bests!
Bring on the Worlds! One month to go!
We are so proud to announce that our Cecily has been successful in passing the rigorous exam required to become an adjudicator of Irish dance, under An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha. Cecily passed on her first attempt (an amazing achievement) after dedicating hours and hours to preparing for the exam, alongside teaching full time and being a mum of two. She is now qualified to adjudicate Irish dance competitions all over the world! (Though of course her passion remains as nurturing our next generation of dancers!)
We are holding our family race night on Saturday 3rd March at the newly refurbished Dartford Irish Club. It promises to be a night of fun and excitement, so get your tickets now – £10 per family.
Frances established McGahan Lees Irish Dance in 1996, meaning we are 21 years old this year! Coupled with our great successes at major championships this year, including Ashton Canty becoming U11 boys World Champion, we felt it was high time to CELEBRATE!
It was an amazing night, and we were lucky enough to share it some with amazing people, who have helped us all so much over the years! Thank you so much to everyone that came (some from afar!) and helped create such an amazing atmosphere – it really means a lot to us.
Here are some photos that we feel captured the night perfectly!
Our major champions
We had such an amazing day at our Christmas Class Feis – our biggest yet! The standard of the competitions was truly awesome, right from Novice to Open.
As always, we were privileged to have Santa make a special visit!
But the best bit of the day is, of course, seeing our dancers enjoy performing for their friends and family (some for the first time).
We hope you had fun!
The end of the calendar year sees regional championship (oireachtas) events held in each region. These championships are also the main qualifying events for the following year’s World championships. Most of our dancers compete in the Southern England Region Oireachtas, which was held 16th-19th November.
This year we were lucky enough to obtain FIVE Southern England Regional Oireachtas titles:
*Niall Forrest – U22 Men’s Champion*
*Gavina Zuccharello – U18 Ladies Champion*
*Ellie-Kate McCarthy – U11 Girls Champion*
*Ashton Canty – U11 Boys Champion*
*Ava Folan – U8 Girls Champion*
We are also very proud of our 24 dancers who achieved a qualifying position in their competitions!
Aside from this, every dancer performed to the absolute best of their ability, showing off all the hard work they put into preparing themselves both physically and mentally for what can be a stressful event.
Here are some photos to sum up the weekend!
Our oireachtas champions – Flying high!
Congratulations also to our dancers who competed at the Midlands Oireachtas – Freddie and Nicole you flew the McGL banner high!