What a 3 weeks for Gavina…

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In the space of 3 weeks, McGahan-Lees dancer Gavina Zuccarello managed to win the Great Britain Championship, All Irelands and Southern England Oireachtas. To top it all Gavina also secured the prestigious Over 12 Traditional Set Memorial Belt title at the Oireachtas, just before performing at the event’s Parade of Champions. The highlight during this whirlwind period has to be Gavina’s amazing haul at the All Irelands of 4 gold medals, securing first in all 3 solos as well as the overall All Ireland title itself. Gavina’s amazing work ethic and determination  is an inspiration to our younger dancers and proof that hard work does pay off.

Gavina Zuccharello, All Ireland Champion!

Congratulations to our Gavina on her amazing win at the All Ireland Championships last week in Killarney, SW Ireland. She has won two major titles in two weeks!! We are incredibly proud of her. Congratulations also to Niall Forrest who won 2nd place at the All Irelands after winning the Great Britains the previous week.

Gavina with proud teacher, Frances and the All Ireland CUP!

Gavina with proud teacher, Frances and the All Ireland CUP!

Gavina's four GOLD All Ireland Medals!

Gavina’s four GOLD All Ireland Medals!

Gavina on the prestigious All Ireland top box!

Gavina on the prestigious All Ireland top box!

McGL – You can’t buy loyalty

A lot has been said about the number of teachers at McGL, but we are proud of the loyalty and long term friendships that the school’s teachers share. Before becoming TCRGs, most of them enjoyed successful dance careers with the Academy themselves, and have between them won just about every title, including World Champion! They are now proud and excited to teach alongside Frances and pass on their experiences to new dancers. Several other former McGL dancers have started up their own dance schools, including world medal holder Danielle Arthurs at Reel Eire and SER Oireachtas Champion Ferne Turner at the Turner Academy. Others have gone on to successful show dancing careers, including former World and All Ireland Champion Stephen Brennan, who is still touring with Riverdance but is also a TCRG in his own right.

Frances, surrounded by the enthusiastic TCRGs that she has trained.

Frances, surrounded by the enthusiastic TCRGs that she has trained.

The sweet taste of success

Sometimes the hard work pays off with the highest rewards. McGL were delighted to have 2 Championship winners at the recent 2015 Great Britain Championships: Gavina Zuccarello in the Under 16 Girls and Niall Forrest in the Under 19 Men. As you can see from their faces, winning is never expected and is always a fantastic bonus.

Photos courtesy of FeisPix Photography.

Vienna Feis

A big congratulations to our dancers from Prague and Warsaw on some brilliant results at the Vienna Feis last weekend – their first dancing under McGL. A special congratulations to Maciek Skwarek for winning the senior mixed championship. Now we have just over 5 weeks of hard work before the Mainland Europe Oireachtas in Milan!

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Good Luck!

Let's do this!

Let’s do this!

Good luck to all our dancers competing this week at the Great Britain Championships, and the following week at the All Ireland Championships. From our first-timers to those aiming for the top spot, we are proud of how hard you’ve worked and are looking forward to some fab performances!