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December 2016

2016 – A great year in review

2016 – A great year in review 150 150 Isabel Yorke

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.


Christmas Class Feis 2016

Christmas Class Feis 2016 150 150 Isabel Yorke

We love the Christmas Class Feis anyway, but this year we had great fun. We saw remarkable talent, great friendship (with a competitive edge) and we hope that every dancer enjoyed getting up on stage for their moment to show off what they have learnt this year. There were some priceless reactions to winning trophies, medals and presents from Santa in the awards ceremonies. Here are some photos!


Oireachtas Results

Oireachtas Results 150 150 Isabel Yorke

Now that we have had time to recover, we have our final results together from the SER Oireachtas (below). Plus here are a few highlights in pictures:


We had 6 Oireachtas champions:

Gavina Zuccarello u17
Liam Forrest u20
Ashton Canty u10
Ellie Kate McCarthy u10
Ellie Arthurs u18
Ava Folan u7

Lily Taylor u20

Ciarra McCarthy u8
Callum Schroeyers u8
Jacob Browne u9
Liam Howe u14
Beth McGillicuddy u14

Christopher Gaine u8
Erin Rothwell u11
Mary Conway u12
Lucie Peters u6

Maddison Humphreys u10
Jodie Upton u20
Molly O’Neill SL

Oireachtas trophy champions

Drew Shannahan u10
Hannah McKay u13
Mary Owens SL

Congratulations to our 26 qualifiers in total! What an achievement.

Freya McMahon u11
Louise Sanders u11
Catherine James u12
Louise Fitzpatrick u12
Betty McAdden u13
Eden Hartzell u13
Megan Horsley u14
Alice Craig u16
Kelly McGillicuddy u17
Niall Forrest u20
Lauren Cooke SL
Gabby Nurse SL

Thank you to all our remaining dancers for dancing your absolute best and making us so proud of you.

*Daria Hudson* Lola Barker* Charlie Dench* Jayda Nsajja* Niamh Gillen* Ursula McAdden* Lainey O’Sullivan* Ella Turton* Leah Macdonald* Hannah Canty* Mabel Williams* Hannah Mathieson* Amaia D’Souza* Annie Clarke* Katie Cuddy* Georgia Schroeyers* Emilie Stewart* Blaise Fellows* Niamh Ayres* Mollie Harris* Rowan Fellows* Emma Freeman* Sarah Cuddy* Mary Owens* Lindsey Forrow*

A huge well done also to our two dancers who competed in the Midlands Oireachtas:

*Freddie Jones * Nicole Jones*