The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer

A theatre performance about Irish dance – coming to London in August!

The Bad Arm is a one-hour comedy about growing up Irish dancing. It’s suitable for everyone age 12 and over and you don’t have to be Irish or a dancer to enjoy it (however, if you’ve experienced the world of Irish dancing, this is a must-see!)

Máire Clerkin’s hit show about the underbelly of Irish Dancing, has been touring North America since 2008 and played in Dublin and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now finally, it will appear in London’s West End during the first week of August.

The story is set in Máire’s native North London – a snapshot of London-Irish life in the 1970s. Catch it while you can – it’s playing at Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden as part of the Camden Fringe.

For more information, visit Máire’s site and to book tickets call 02038416611 or click here.

 

John Flanagan Memorial Feis 2017

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s John Flanagan Memorial Feis THIS WEEKEND!

This is the only feis in the Southern England region whose proceeds all go to charity. This year’s chosen charity is Cancer Research UK. We hope you can come and help us support this great cause. We will be accepting entries on the day!

Here is the final timetable issued for the weekend. All other info is available on our dedicated page.

Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2017

The World Irish Dance Championships 2017 start this Sunday, this year held in Dublin. We want to wish the very best of luck to our dancers competing this coming week. The hard work is done, now time to show off the result!

Good luck also to our dancers from mainland Europe!

Our Aussie cousins from McGL Creer,

And not forgetting our fab friends from across the Atlantic, the Goggin Carroll Academy dancers!

Finally, we’d like to wish the best of luck to all competitors, supporters, teachers, adjudicators and organisers at this year’s Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne. We will see you all in Dublin soon – safe journeys everyone!

What a weekend! #mcglfeis17

We have just about recovered from the whirlwind that was the McGL feis 2017 – here are some highlights!

Our Entry

Thank you to everyone who attended, making the competitions a truly global affair, and an amazing pleasure to watch. There were…

  • 1000 dancers, representing…
  • 75 dance schools, representing…
  • 10 countries!

One Team

We want to thank each and every McGL parent and dancer who gave freely of their time (and all of their energy) to help run the event. Running such a big event would not be possible without you. It really is a pleasure to work alongside such a lovely bunch of people from dawn until dusk!

Social Media Madness

This year saw the addition of two new social media areas to enjoy (some of us might have enjoyed it a little too much!)

Not forgetting what it’s all about!

We wanted to share these priceless reactions from our two preliminary championship winners, Robert and Nicole. Their faces say it all!

Alongside working behind the scenes all weekend, McGL dancers also managed to scoop up 6 open championship titles:

  • Ellie-Kate McCarthy – U11 girls
  • Ashton Canty – U11 boys
  • Liam Costello – U15 boys
  • Gavina Zuccharello – U18 ladies
  • Lily Taylor – U21 ladies
  • Niall Forrest – Senior men

Well done everyone!

Looking forward to next year!

Leanne is RTME’s Teacher of the Week!

The Registered Teachers of Mainland Europe (RTME) association has featured our very own Leanne Gray in their “teacher of the week” post. Leanne regularly travels to Warsaw and Prague to teach, and this year saw 11 solo dancers and a senior ceili team qualify for the World Championships. We are very proud of Leanne and all the time and energy she puts into her overseas dancers. You can read the full write-up here.

Less than two weeks to go!

The Southern England region has seen some great and well-attended feiseanna this year and finally ours is the next one! We hope to issue our final timetable by the end of this week. This will take account of all the entries received to date, plus a realistic estimate of entries taken on the day, based on attendance at the last few events in the region.

We appreciate it’s been an extremely busy few weeks; however, it would really help us be as accurate as possible in our timetable if you could send your entry ASAP.

Many thanks, and have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Weekend!