Travelling from all over!

Come and compete with dancers from all corners of the globe!

With only just over a week to go before the closing date we are pleased to see entries coming in on a daily basis!

Particularly amazing are entries we are receiving from all corners of the globe. So far we’ve had dancers enter from as far afield as Canada, United States and Australia. Continental Europe is also well represented with dancers from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, and Poland. We’ve also dancers from all 4 Provinces in Ireland as well as our friends North of the border in Scotland. Where else can we add to the map?

It’s looking like it’s going to be a truly international event, and a great weekend of dancing.

So don’t delay, and please get your entry in as soon as you can. This will allow us to refine the timetable, minimizing delays caused by receiving large entries on the day.

Please click here for our dedicated info page and here to contact us with any questions.

Grade Exams

McGL recently held a day of Grade Examinations in Oxford. These events offer an alternative path of progression in Irish dance and eventually count towards a TCRG (Irish dance teaching) qualification.

It looks like great fun too! Stay tuned for our next grade exam day – to be held on the 14th May 2017 (save the date!)


Preliminary Championship Winners

We wanted to say a special well done to our THREE prelim championship winners so far in 2017. It is a huge achievement and means they move up to the highest grade in solo Irish dancing – Open Championship.

We’ve also had a great number of seconds and thirds in the prelim grade. To those dancers: enjoy your successes, keep working hard and your day will come.

Congratulations Drew, Mollie and Lainey! 

Fab Feis Days! A great beginning to 2017

Congratulations to all our dancers who have been out in force at feiseanna so far this year. Thank you to all our dedicated parents, family and friends who give up their time on cold winter days to attend these events, supporting the dancers! From what you can see below, it has really paid off. Dancers in all grades have really performed their best and achieved personal goals.

Congratulations everybody!

2016 – A great year in review

As the dancing year comes to an end it’s time to look back on what’s been an amazing 20th anniversary year for McGL.


The Academy managed more major titles and qualifiers then in any other of our previous 20 years.

Overall we managed to achieve:-

3 All Ireland Champions
2 Great Britain Champions
3 British National Champions
3 All Scotland Champions
1 North American Champion
6 SR Oireachtas Champions
26 SR Qualifiers & 11 European Qualifiers

The Academy continues the thrive in Essex, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and our London classes in Balham are really starting to take off.

This year has also seen a significant improvement in our European classes. The Academy now conducts classes in both Prague and Warsaw twice monthly and the results at the European Oireachtas speak for themselves with 11 dancers qualifying, 10 of which all appeared in the top 5.

The Academy also held its annual Feis in Welling this year. As part of this years Feis we were able to celebrate the Academies anniversary by giving each entrant a specially commissioned enamled medal. The Academy also hosted its annual Charity Feis in Oxford raising funds in aid of Helen and Douglas House raising over £2000.

The Academy continues to be supported by a dedicated group of parents who as the “Friends of McGahan Lees” continue to raise funds to support dancers travel expenses to overseas competitions as well as supporting the Academy at grass routes level with funded workshops and external teaching support such as fitness and mind coaches.

We look forward to the continued support of our dancers and parents throughout the next year wishing them and all of our colleagues around the world a very happy Christmas.