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Summer Class Feis 2023

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Summer Class Feis 2023
We have so much talent coming through the grades this year!
We are extremely proud of each and every one of these wonderful children and count ourselves very lucky to watch such beautiful dancing every week.
You all shined so brightly up on that stage.
Great work everyone!!
We run two class competitions each year. One in the summer and one at Christmas. Although the emphasis is on fun, and every dancer gets an award, these are aimed at preparing  dancers for external competitive performance. It’s also an opportunity for parents and family members to see what their dancers have been learning in classes. We now look forward to our Christmas Feis, which will take place in early December. If you’re an McGL dancer interested in competing, please speak to your teacher. For those already attending competitions, feis information can be found here.

SUMMER CLASS FEIS 2023 So much talent coming through the grades this year! We are extremely proud of each and every one of these wonderful children! Very lucky to watch such beautiful dancing every week. and you all shined so brightly up on that stage! Great work everyone! #mcgl #teammcgl #mcglfamily #mcglirishdance #mcgahanleesirishdance #irishdanceuk #irishdancinguk #irishdance #irishdancing #irishdanceessex #Irishdancekent #irishdancelondon #irishdanceoxford #irishdancingessex #Irishdancingkent #irishdancinglondon #irishdancingoxford

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25th Anniversary Open Feis – Thank yous!

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We had a fabulous and emotional weekend running our 25th Anniversary Open Feis in March! So much hard work and effort went into the feis this year and it was so worth it.

This post is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone involved in our 25th Anniversary Open Feis this year. We are so lucky and grateful to have such a fabulous team of people that made the event such a huge success!

T H A N K    Y O U . . .

💛 To our fabulous judges and musicians, some of whom stepped in at literally the last moment to jump on a flight after COVID struck us again… Virginia Travis,
David Smith, Mairéad Ní Bhriain, Brian Corrigan, Darina Corrigan-White, Michelle Greene, Annie Kidd, Isabella Fogarty, Lauren Stapleton, Andrea Field, Aidan O’Neill, Majella Collins Brooks, Dean Crouch.

🖤 To our sponsors that allowed us to give out some beautiful awards to all the competitors:

CDL Building Contracts – SBS LTD – Trainor Stone- O’Neil Joinery – The Jones family – Hutchinson Telecom – Newmay electrical services – Clonmel – Seetec – Ardentide CIS contracting- Essex farms – Cobra Lifting Services Ltd – The feis Shop – Carberry contract services – The Reid Rooms – The Allen family – NP Crystals – Michaels fabrics – The McGahan Family – Dartford Irish Club Function Hall – The Majilton family.

💛 To our vendors Melaine Murphy and The Feis Shop.

🖤 Feis Mark for all our tabulation.

💛 To our colleagues Aaron Crosbie Kevin and Helena at McCarron Dance for helping us to run stages.

🖤 Stage Time production for sound system/back drops.

💛 Alistage Ltd for staging.

🖤 IDesign by Etain for our gorgeous mugs/water bottles.

💛 Doherty trophies by Marie Connell.

🖤 Printwear for our printed chair covers.

💛 Safety Signs for the back drops/podium fronts.

🖤 Bryson for their donation of canteen/welfare supplies.

💛 D Advanced for cleaners and car park attendants.

🖤 Chelmer Valley High School especially Cliff and Dave.

💛 Evoq Design for our beautiful artwork.

🖤 Fiona Morley for our sashes and Crystal Champion of Champion awards.

💛 Parents/dancers/family members new and old, we appreciate you more than you know. The hours of prep and organisation does not go unnoticed.



Our 25th Anniversary Feis Sponsors

Our esteemed adjudication panel and musicians

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

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We had so much fun celebrating an early world Down Syndrome Awareness Day with Candles – Down Syndrome Support Group in Colchester this March. If you need some extra joy and happiness today, check out this FANTASTIC video of our MCGL dancers and our Candles family.

This was such a heartwarming event and the children were so adorable!
Thank you for having us!

Read about our other charity/fundraising events here

25th Anniversary Open Feis Update

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Following the recent publication of the syllabus for our 25th Anniversary Open Feis we are now delighted to provide you with a feis update and detailed timetable for the event.

The timetable includes for the Open and Preliminary Championships to alternate in the same hall, the 9 adjudicators rotating between halls, a 100% recall, and awards being provided within a timely fashion in a separate dedicated awards area.

Sunday is “Grades Sunday” and we’ve loads planned to make this a special day for the stars of the future. Not only will ALL grade dancers get to perform on the championship stages; they’ll ALL receive one of our newly designed 25th Anniversary “Olympic sized” medal, and ALL dancers will get their own adjudicators’ comment cards.

We are also delighted to announce that Lauren Stapleton, ADCRG, will be joining our esteemed panel of adjudicators.

Finally, many of our overseas entrants have requested our International banking details which are as follows:

Account Number 61557912
Sort Code 40-18-04
IBAN Number GB52HBUK40180461557912
Branch Identifier HBUKGB4103U

Please email us if you have any other issues with payment and we will be happy to assist!

All this information is available, including a guide how to enter online, on our dedicated website page.

As you can tell we are so excited about this year’s event and we are pulling out all the stops to make it a special weekend for all involved.

“Grades Sunday” – a day dedicated to our stars of the future!

Detailed Provisional Timetable



25th Anniversary Feis 2021

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We are pleased to announce our 25th Anniversary Feis, which will take place on 19th and 20th March 2022, at Chelmer Valley High School.

With our venue located just 25 minutes from London Stansted Airport, we look forward to welcoming dancers from all over the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, Australia and worldwide in the build up to the next Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne (World Championships), which celebrates its 50th anniversary in April!

More information will appear on our dedicated Open Feis page as we approach the event. 




Raising awareness for Children with Cancer UK

Supporting Children with Cancer UK

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This September, McGahan Lees took part in the Southern England Regional Council fundraiser for Children with Cancer UK, whilst remembering those we have sadly lost.

We dedicated our Tuesday classes (28th September) to supporting this great cause, and so far, we have managed to raise over £2000. Thank you to everyone who donated – every penny counts!

You can still donate here!



Independence Day Weekender

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We are pleased to announce our first restriction-free events since December 2019! Our “Independence Day Weekender” will include a party on Saturday 3rd July and our summer class feis (competition) on Sunday 4th July. Party details to follow.

Independence Day Class Feis

Sunday, July 4th 2021 at Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford, CM1 7ER

As always at our class competitions, the emphasis will be on fun and all dancers will receive at least one award. The competition is suitable for all ages and grades (even new beginners), so we really encourage all dancers to attend.

In the event that COVID restrictions remain, we will simply continue in a similar fashion to our recent open feis at which we asked everyone to sit in family pods, masks whilst moving around the venue, contact free awards and regular cleaning between age groups. In this instance the event will be run in accordance with the latest government guidelines ensuring the hall is limited to 50% capacity and all dancers will compete one at a time on stage.

Mental skills class

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Well done to everyone who took part and contributed in our mental skills class this evening. Here is the presentation for you to refer back to.

Our concentration cues

Costume design competition

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Congratulations to Ryan Maddison, winner of our costume design competition. Ryan produced a fabulous jacket. We love the detail right down to the sleeve buttons!

Well done to all the other entrants – some amazing designs! Watch this space for a montage coming soon.

Music and beats challenge

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Congratulations to Callum who won our music and beats quarantine challenge!

Our next task is for everyone to learn Callum’s beat.

Let’s make some noise!