This year we provided several Summer Schools in Essex, aimed at our graded dancers wishing to make a big improvement over the summer (as well as having fun). These summer schools offer the chance to learn more broadly about Irish dance, including ceili dancing, costume design, and dance drama/choreography.
Here are some photos from our Billericay Summer School, led by Debbie McGahan, TCRG.
Some of our dancers were lucky enough (after a great fundraising effort) to be able to attend the NANs, held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
As well as everyone recalling and placing highly, we achieved two champions!
- Ellie-Kate McCarthy (U11 Girls)
- Liam Costello (U15 Boys)
And of course, great fun was had by all!
Many of our Championship dancers competed at the Scottish National Championships in June, with some outstanding results and personal bests.
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.
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.
Good luck to all dancers, teachers and parents from around the world for the CLRG world championships this week.
Have a great week everyone!
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!
All championship and prelim marks packs are now available for download at the bottom of our Open Feis page – here.
We have just about recovered from the whirlwind that was the McGL feis 2017 – here are some highlights!
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!
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!
Our new backdrops banners and podium have arrived and our awards are ready to be won!
We can’t wait to see you all there!