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McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy provides lessons for children and adults through our classes in Essex, Kent., Oxfordshire and London. We also have a significant presence in Europe where Adult Irish Dance classes is extremely popular.

However, McGL’s primary aim is to develop young beginner dancers teaching them the traditional form of Irish Dance. This starts with light (or soft shoe) dancing and then moving onto heavy shoe – the Irish version of tap that has become so popular with the internationally acclaimed shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

Irish dance lessons for Children and Adults

Our classes are structured allowing all Pre-Feis Beginners (a Feis being the Irish for Festival – or an Irish Dance competition) of a similar age to learn together in an enjoyable environment, teaching traditional technique, being supported by our vastly experienced and qualified teachers. The emphasis in these younger year classes is all about fun however should a dancer show promise and wish to progress the academy is well placed to provide a platform for their development.

Beginner dancers are encouraged to attend class competitions, usually twice a year to introduce them to the competitive side of dancing but this also provides an opportunity for parents to see their child’s development first-hand. These events are the most rewarding and enjoyable part of the year seeing how a new beginner has gained the confidence to perform in front of their classmates as well as friends and family.

In addition, all dancers are encouraged to enter the CLRG (An Comisiun le Rince Gaelacha – Irish Dances Governing body) Grade examinations, which underpins the traditional dances and technique passed down through generations.

McGahan Lees is a community that breeds a culture of peer support from our early year beginners to our World Championship medal holders, with a dancer’s wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.

McGahan Lees are proud to boast no fewer than 5 World Champions, 7 All Ireland winners and 22 Major title holders. In addition, 22 of our dancers have gone onto take their teaching qualifications (TCRG), some teaching within the Academy now and others setting up their own dance schools.

Our Mantra…

“ Mol An Óige Agus Tiocfaidh Sí ”

Praise the young and they will blossom.

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McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy provides lessons for children and adults through our classes in Essex, Kent., Oxfordshire and London.
We also have a significant presence in Europe where Adult Irish Dance classes is extremely popular.

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