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Live Irish dance classes for all levels open in Dartford

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Being one of our several Irish Dance hubs, our Dartford classes are now open and ready to welcome back Irish dancers at all levels.

Whether you are a competitive Irish dancer or simply looking for beginner Irish dance lessons, our classes located at the Dartford Irish Club has something for everybody.

Be part of the vibrant atmosphere of the newest Saturday morning beginners’ class in our school. Through our beginners we build the foundations of one of the most successful Irish dance schools in England. By mastering traditional Irish dance techniques at beginner level, we give our dancers the tools needed to progress to a world class standard and fulfil their full potential.

Our newly refurbished venue is home to classes for all standards in the school, with our competition level dancers training at the Irish Club midweek, and our beginner level dancers on Saturday mornings. The facilities provide specialised harlequin dance flooring which can be found in some of the world’s leading dance venues such as the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. These excellent facilities contribute to the growth and development of our dancers at all levels.

As we come out of lockdown, a great way to make new friends and take on new challenges is through our Covid-safe, traditional Irish dance classes. We currently have availability in Dartford (Saturdays 10.00am – 11.30am), so get in contact for your free first lesson!

Let’s “make every step count!”

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Our spacious Dartford Irish club venue, featuring Harlequin flooring and our “make every step count” distance markers

Three Irish dancers practicing turn-out

Learn Traditional Irish Dance in Oxford

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If you are looking to learn traditional Irish dance in Oxford, check out McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy and their recent success stories.

Live classes for traditional Irish dance in Oxford are now back in full swing. If you live in Oxfordshire, our COVID-safe classes are now taking place near you. Our Oxford based teacher, Marion Flanagan, has been teaching in Oxford for over 30 years and she delights in sharing her knowledge of tradition and technique with all her dancers.

Beginners start learning light shoe dances before progressing on to heavy shoe dances (Irish form of tap dancing).

A traditional Irish dancer practicing on harlequin flooring at our Oxford studio

Dancers progress to learning heavy shoe dancing once they have learned the light shoe basics

This is a key class for one of the most successful Irish Dance schools in England. Classes are being held at St. John Fisher Primary School, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, OX4 6LD, in a spacious hall with new harlequin flooring. Dancers are trained from beginners to World Championship standard, to compete in competitions both nationally and internationally. Since we have been back competing after lockdown, we have had some fabulous results from beginners up to Open Championship. We are so delighted that all the hard-work throughout lockdown has paid off.

Irish dancers with competition awards

Since lockdown has ended, our Oxford dancers have enjoyed great success at competitions.

Spaces are available for new recruits of all ages in our 6pm Monday and Thursday Classes. Contact us direct for details and to book your first free class. Marion can be contacted by phone on 07971 035797 or by email

Celebration time! Trophies and sweets.

Celebrating our successes in Oxford

Seamus and Marie Moore Memorial Feis

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A huge well done goes to all of our dancers who competed this weekend at the Seamus and Marie Moore Memorial Feis in King’s Langley, North London. We’d also like to say a big thank you to the Brooks Academy for running such a successful event!

Well done to our top 5 podium placers and a special mention to our top 3 podium placers who went on to represent MCGL in the John Brooks Memorial Cup in a world class line up. We were very proud to watch such a beautiful display of dancing!

U7 – Paddy
U9- Seamus
U10 – Ellen
U11 – Eilis, Ella Rose
U12 – Ava
U12 Prelim – Chloe
U13 boys – Callum & Nathan
U13 – Isobel
U14 – Olivia, Jayda
U16 – Freya
U17 – Mary
O17 – Robert
SNR – Ellie

Irish dance champion

Congratulations to our U11 Girls champion, Eilis!

Back to class tonight and the countdown to The Belfast Championships and The Three Nations is officially on!

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page

Solent Feis champions

42nd Solent Feis: Fun in the Sun!

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We are home from another fantastic weekend feising at the 42nd Solent Feis. Thank you to Alice, Ailis and all of the team at Boyle O’Dowda for running another Covid secure event and allowing our dancers to do what they love most!

Huge well done to all of our dancers who competed over the weekend, our numerous podium placers and our 4 champions:

U11 Prelim – Leila Dowley🏆
U13 – Ciarra McCarthy 🏆
U14 – Olivia Delaney🏆
U15 – Ellie Kate McCarthy 🏆

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page

Glasgow Festival Roadtrip

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We have no words to describe how incredible it felt to finally be on a LIVE road trip to a LIVE feis after what feels like an eternity!!

Thank you to the organisers of the Glasgow Festival who put on a fantastic Irish dancing competition and brilliant weekend. We’re so grateful for these memories and for the opportunity to travel again!

We are so proud of our #teammcgl that took part at the weekend in Glasgow!! Some fantastic results and personal bests really made the whole trip even more special.

A special well done to our two champions, Olivia (U14) and Ava (U12)!

We missed our McGL family that had to stay at home this time around. We can’t wait for the next one!

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The Hertfordshire Championships

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Hertfordshire ChampionsWe had a fantastic weekend at the Hertfordshire Championships hosted by the Celtic Hearts School. As for our own John Flanagan Memorial Feis, COVID restrictions were still in place but our prelim and championships dancers were able to get up on stage and do what they love! Thank you to the organisers for making this possible.


Congratulations to our 6 champions (pictured above)

*Seamus U9 Boys* – *Niamh U11 Prelim* – *Ciarra U13 Girls* – *Olivia U14 Girls* – *Ellie-Kate U15 Girls* – *Mary U17 Girls*

also to our other dancers in the top 5

*U6 Niamh (1st U5)* – *U10 Ellen 3rd* – *U10 Prelim Matilda 4th* – *U11 Eilis 2nd * Ella-Rose 5th* – *U12 Ava 2nd* – *U12 Prelim Poppy 3rd* – *U13 Violet 5th* – *U13 Boys Nathan 2nd (1st U12) * Ryan 3rd* – *U14 Jayda 4th* – *U16 Freya 5th* – *O16 Prelim Nicola 3rd* – *U18 Amaia 5th*

and to everyone else who took part!

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.

Aspire Costume Competition

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We were fortunate enough to offer an amazing competition to the school where the winner could win their very own fabulous designed and fitted Aspire solo costume. All they had to do was finish the following sentence:

“I would like to win one of Gavin’s costumes because….”

We had some really amazing entries from our dancers which were very inspiring to read and very hard to choose between, however the winner was Hannah Ferry-Walsh and here is her winning entry:

I would like to win one of Gavin’s costumes because I think I have worked really hard throughout lockdown, attending every zoom class I could, even though I don’t have anywhere to dance as I live in a flat and have neighbours below me. My mum and dad helped set up an area outside on the days I had class, helping me to show up and push myself with every session, not wanting to let lockdown ruin all the progress I’d made in the months before – literally the only thing that stopped me from going outside for these classes with Frances and the other teachers, was thunder storms!!

It taught me a lot, pushing myself like that, even though some days I didn’t think I could or I wondered if it was going to make a difference, doing dance class myself with no one “really” watching me. I had to become the person making myself focus.

And all of that hard worked paid off, as, in the recent online feis my dance academy took part in, I received 1st place in my hornpipe intermediate dance – this was a huge win for me!! Thank you for the chance to win the dress. Stay safe during lockdown😊
– Hannah Ferry-Walsh – 12 years old

Congratulations to all that entered, however a huge congratulations to Hannah for her hardwork, determination and fabulous answer! Enjoy your new Aspire costume Hannah – we cannot wait to see it on stage!

A wonderful new addition to the McGL teaching team

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We are delighted to announce that Fiona Mackey TCRG, has joined the McGL Family.

Fiona started dancing at the age of four with the Maguire O’Shea Academy. She won the Southern England Regional Oireachtas three times and went on to become a top 10 medal holder in the World, British Nationals, Great Britain and All Ireland Championships.

Fiona passed her TCRG in 2001 and loves passing on her passion of Irish dance to new dancers.

Fiona will continue to take her classes in the Barnet/Finchley location whilst joining other McGL classes during the week.

For more information please contact Fiona at 07985415421 and

Drop-in schoolwork help

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Another lockdown in England brings yet more worry to many of our parents/students whilst homeschooling. We have assembled our #mcglfamily in the hopes of helping with any home learning struggles that our #teammcgl may face. We have some amazing, qualified volunteers to offer some much needed support. We are truly grateful to all of you for giving up your time for our dancers in need.

We are incredibly lucky to have you all!

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