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September 2016

Liam becomes Australian Champion!

Liam becomes Australian Champion! 150 150 Isabel Yorke

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A huge congratulations to Liam Costello on winning the Australian National Championships! We are all looking forward to seeing you next week and working hard for the GB’s and All Irelands!

Kick it Kate!

Kick it Kate! 150 150 Isabel Yorke

Help Kate O’Connor Kick Cancer

Our friend and colleague Kate O’Connor, who teaches at the Butler Fearon O’Connor Academy in California, is currently fighting cancer and BFOC families are selling fun T-shirts in support of her. If you would like to show your support by getting a T-shirt, or sharing their page, please follow this link and/or check out their facebook page.

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Go Team Kate!

Congratulations Caroline Gray, TCRG!

Congratulations Caroline Gray, TCRG! 150 150 Isabel Yorke

A TCRG is someone who has passed the official teaching exam set by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the governing body of Irish dance. These exams only take place once every few months somewhere in the world, and results come out subsequently. This time around, three of our former dancers have been successful in passing this prestigious exam, making a total of 14 TCRGs who were taught by Frances. We are particularly lucky that Caroline will be teaching with us.

Caroline Gray

In addition to having won every single major championship title, and successfully danced the lead in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games, Caroline has added her TCRG qualification to her list of achievements! Caroline will continue her role as lead and dance captain in Dangerous Games, however whenever she is home she will be joining us here at McGL as part of our teaching staff. Proud does not quite cover it!

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Caroline dancing as leading lady in Lord of the Dance

We would also like to congratulate two other former McGL dancers on passing their TCRG exam this time around:

Jessie Leach

Jessie won many major championships for McGL,including the prestigious All Ireland title. She has also performed in Riverdance. We wish her the very best of luck with her teaching.

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Jessie in her Riverdance costume

Adele Turner

Adele was also a top dancer with McGL, and now joins her sister, Ferne, in teaching at the Turner Academy in Kent. The two have set up a very successful school and we wish them all the best!

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The Turner sisters celebrating their school’s first birthday

Success at McInerney Feis

Success at McInerney Feis 150 150 Isabel Yorke

This year’s feis season has started with a bang at the McInerney feis! We’ve had a great many personal bests and fab results. A special congratulations to our three champions:

**Niall Forrest** **Kelly McGillicuddy** **Ellie-Kate McCarthy**

And to everyone else who danced their hearts out and made for a really enjoyable weekend. Last but not least, thank you to the feis organisers, the McInerney School.

Below are some pictures. Check out day two for some real cuties – the future looks bright!

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McInerney Feis 2016 – Day 1

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McInerney Feis 2016 – Day 2

 

The Brennan Lucey Irish Dance Academy

The Brennan Lucey Irish Dance Academy 150 150 Isabel Yorke

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McGahan Lees dancer Stephen Brennan, who was one of Frances’ first World Champion dancers, has opened up his own school in Connecticut, USA. He is teaching alongside his close friend Meghan Lucey, who is also a champion dancer. The pair became friends whilst performing in Riverdance together. We are very proud of Stephen and wish him and Meghan the very best of luck for their new school.

Check out their website here and their facebook page here.

Gavina’s exciting news!

Gavina’s exciting news! 150 150 Isabel Yorke

Watch this space… our Gavina will be modelling the new clothing range for IRINCEAPPAREL soon!! Well done for being chosen Gavina!

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Amazing British National Championships Results

Amazing British National Championships Results 150 150 Isabel Yorke

We would like to congratulate all our dancers who performed at the British National Championships this July. Keeping going for the entire season is a marathon, and you all pulled it off in style!

Special congratulations to our winners:

**Ashton Canty** **Gavina Zuccharello** **Niall Forrest**

We also had numerous other top 10 finishes…

Liam Forrest – 2nd
Ellie-Kate McCarthy – 6th
Gabrielle Nurse – 7th
Jodie Upton – 8th

…And many more recalls and personal bests!

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New Class T-shirts!

New Class T-shirts! 150 150 Isabel Yorke

Our new 2016-17 class Tshirts have arrived and they are looking great! We can’t wait to hand these out at classes! Make sure you register as soon as possible so we can give you yours!

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Registration 2016-17

Registration 2016-17 150 150 Isabel Yorke

Dear all,

The days are counting down to the final deadline for registration forms to be in for this year. Please get yours in as soon as possible and don’t miss out on our new T-shirts which come free with every registration. Forms are available from your teacher, or click here to download one!

Many thanks, McGL

Oireachtas Vienna

Three Week countdown to the Oireachtas in Vienna!

Three Week countdown to the Oireachtas in Vienna! 750 664 McGL Team

We are excited to be heading to Vienna in just under 3 weeks for the Mainland European Oireachtas and Feis!