McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy

Irish Dance classes in Essex, Kent, Oxford, North and South London

A new way to raise funds for McGL dancers – at no cost to yourself!

A new way to raise funds for McGL dancers – at no cost to yourself! 810 450 Isabel Yorke

McGL are proud to announce they are using easyfundraising to raise funds for our talented young dancers to travel to international competitions.
You can help raise funds for McGL simply by doing you online shopping via easyfundraising.org.uk.
This doesn’t cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases the online retailers make a donation to the dance school.
All you do is register and start shopping! There are over 3000 shops and sites on board, ready to make a donation including Amazon, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and TheTrainline.

For example, simply by doing your weekly onlineΒ Sainsbury’s shop via Easyfundraising could raise up to Β£2.50 each time!

There are no catches or hidden charges and McGL dancers are very grateful for your donations.

How to:

  • Every time you shop online, go toΒ https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/mcgahanleesirishdancingacademy/ first to find the site you want and start shopping.
  • You can install a simple plug-in for your browser which will remind you to go through easyfundraising when you start shopping on a partner site.
  • There is even a smartphone app!
  • After you have checked out, the retailer will make a donation to McGL for no extra cost whatsoever.

Thank you for your support!

Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2018, Glasgow

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This year’s World Championships, or Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne was held once again in the prestigious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. As always, the competitions were large and extremely tough, with some age groups comprising as many as 150 qualified competitors.

It’s a week of fierce competition, but also of celebration, as dancers, families and teachers are reacquainted with friends from across the globe.

This year, we were lucky enough to gain five world medals, including the U16 Boys World Champion, Liam Costello.

McGL dancers also achieved many personal bests, whether that be dancing on the World stage for the first time, recalling, or coming in the top 20 or 30 competitors. Training for a World Championships is an enormous commitment, and we are so proud of all our qualifiers that undertook this journey in 2018.

All Scotland 2023 Champions

All Scotlands 2023

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🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 All Scotlands 2023, Glasgow🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
What a weekend for team McGL at the All Scotland Championships in Glasgow! We are so proud to be coming home with 3 Champions, 7 podium places and 13 top 10 places!
πŸ† All Scotland Champions πŸ†
U11 Prelim – Lucy
U18 – Louise 🌍
U19 – Mary 🌍
πŸ… Top 5 πŸ…
U11 – Seamus 3rd 🌍
U18 – Freya 3rd 🌍
U16 – Olivia 4th 🌍
U11 Prelim – Niamh 5th
πŸ… Top 10 πŸ…
U7 – Niamh
U14 – Ava
U15 – Callum
U17 – Ellie-Kate
U18 – Lizzie
Senior Men – Harry
For some of our dancers this was their first time dancing at the All Scotland Championships and we couldn’t be more proud with the way they danced.
All Scotland 2023 Champions

Congratulations to our 2023 All Scotland Champions

All Scotland 2023 Podium Winners

Congratulations to our All Scotland 2023 Podium Winners

2023 All Scotland Top 10

Amazing results at the All Scotland Championships

2023 All Scotland Medal holders

Congratulations to our 2023 All Scotland Medal holders

2023 All Scotland, Glasgow, dancers

Congratulations to our lovely 2023 All Scotland dancers

Celebrating over 8 years of success in Europe.

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McGL CELEBRATING Over 8 years of success in Europe.

Classes now held in
Czech Republic, Poland & Ukraine

 

For over 8 years our McGL Europe contingent has been growing and developing, with classes across Czech Republic and Poland.

During this time we have seen an accolade of achievements from beginners working through their grades to Aishling Award winners, European Oireachtas Titles and Top 10 World Championship placings.

We could not be prouder of the progress our dancers in Europe are making and their achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication.

Fast forward to 2024 which saw the exciting expansion of our McGL Europe family with the opening of our newest McGL branch – McGL Ukraine. This will be the first active CLRG dance academy within the Ukraine and we hope we can bring a bit of normality on what are still extremely difficult times for their Nation. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for our newest group of dancers.

As members of RCCEA, we are proud to host our annual McGahan Lees Prague Feis and CLRG Grade Examinations, welcoming dancers from all over Europe which always promises to be an excellent display of dancing. Check back here soon for details of our 2024 feis!

We are so proud of how far we have come and can’t wait to see what the future holds for McGL Europe.

Classes now held in Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Gliwice, GdaΕ„sk, JastrzΔ™bie ZdrΓ³j, Pobiedziska), Prague and Ukraine. For more information on our classes in these locations please enquire here.

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McGL Ukraine

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We are excited to announce that our McGL family is growing with the introduction of our newest branch, McGL Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦
We are proud to be the first CLRG registered Irish Dance school situated in Ukraine and cannot wait to work with these dancers and share our love for Irish dance across another European country.
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Look out for updates coming soon on our McGL Europe page.
Our Champions in Nashville

North American Nationals 2023

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Twenty dancers, 13 parents, 2 Champions, 7 podiums, 18 pieces of glassware coming back to Essex/Kent/Oxford/London, 100% recall for all of our dancers at the largest dance event in history and the trip of a lifetime!
From heavy shoes to cowboy boots, hair pieces to stetsons: Nashville, you brought it all and more! The amazing results speak for themselves and the memories were priceless.
Thank you to Frances, Guy and The Friends Of McGahan Lees for coordinating and supporting our dancers and MCGL families, enabling them to experience not 1 but 2 trips across the Atlantic this year! Team work really does make the dream work πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Not forgetting a big thank you to Grant for a fabulous photo-shoot. We can’t wait to see the final pics!
Our North American Nationals Squad

Our North American Nationals Squad

Scottish Nationals Qualifiers

Scottish Nationals 2023

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What a weekend for team McGL at the Scottish National Oireachtas! We are so proud to be coming home with 4 Champions, 13 podium places and 18 World Qualifiers!
πŸ† Champions πŸ†
U11 – Seamus 🌍
U16 – Olivia 🌍
U17 – Ellie-Kate 🌍
U19 – Mary 🌍
πŸ… Top 5 πŸ…
U15 – Ciarra 2nd 🌍
U12 – Ellen 4th 🌍
U14 Prelim – Grace 4th
U15 Boys – Callum 4th 🌍
U16 – Jayda 4th 🌍
U18 – Louise 4th 🌍
U14 – Chloe 5th 🌍
U14 Boys – Nathan 5th 🌍
U19 – Louise 5th 🌍
🌍 World Qualifiers 🌍
U11 – Ava , Siobheal
U18 – Freya, Lizzie
U19 – Poppy
U20 – Amaia
Scottish National Champions

Our Scottish National Champions

Scottish Nationals Podium Placers

Our Scottish Nationals Podium Placers

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 preparingΒ  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.
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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

♬ Do It Better - Beachcrimes & Tia Tia
Our globe winners in Montreal

Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2023

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We are returning home with 3 Globes, 7 World Medals, 17 Round 5 Recalls and the first men’s Michael Flatley Freestyle Champion Award!
🌍🌍 Liam Costello – World Champion x4 🌍🌍 
🌍 U19 – Mary Conway 3rd 🌍
🌍 U16 – Olivia Delaney 5th 🌍
πŸ… U11 – Seamus Daly 8th πŸ…
πŸ… U17 – Ellie-Kate McCarthy 10th πŸ…
πŸ… SNR Ladies – Ellie Arthurs 10th πŸ…
πŸ… U14 – Ciarra McCarthy 18th πŸ…
πŸ† Liam Costello – Michael Flatley Freestyle Award 2023 πŸ† <- check out Liam’s AMAZING performance here!
This week we jump straight back in, setting new goals, dreaming new dreams and counting down to Glasgow 2024 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
World medalists 2023
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Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2023
Liam Costello, receiving his award as World Freestyle Champion, from Micheal Flatley

 

Maks' Irish Dancing Dream

Maks’ Irish Dancing Dream featured on RTE news

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We are so proud of 10-year-old Maks, who currently attends McGahan Lees classes in Warsaw, Poland, having recently moved there from Kyiv, Ukraine. Maks’ Irish Dancing Dream has been featured on RTE News on St. Patrick’s Day. You can read the article here and watch the video here.
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We are proud to be the first CLRG school teaching Ukrainian dancers (read more here). You can find more information about our European classes on our McGL Europe page.

 

All Ireland 2nd Place Winners

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Top 3
2nd Mary Conway
2nd Ellie-Kate McCarthy
Top 10
6th Seamus Daly
8th Ellie Arthurs
8th Ciarra McCarthy
All Ireland medalists & recallers
11th Olivia Delaney
13th Ava Folan
14th Freya McMahon
17th Louise Sanders
21st Lizzie Anderson
Ellen Leavens
Ella-Rose
Ava Vaughan
Siobheal McGovern
A special congratulations too for some amazing performances by Maria and Chloe, and our European dancers, Maria and Natalia.
Now back to class for Worlds preparation!
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SERO parade of champions 2022

SERO Parade of Champions 2022

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Presenting our gorgeous McGL dancers that took part in the SERO parade of champions 2022!! What a fabulous way to end the year!
U6 – Niamh πŸ†
Β U10 – Seamus πŸ†πŸŒŽ
Β U11 – Ellen πŸ†πŸŒŽ
U13 – Nathan πŸ†πŸŒŽ
Β U14 – Ciarra πŸ†πŸŒŽ
Β U15 – Olivia πŸ†πŸŒŽ
Β U16 – Ellie-Kate πŸ†πŸŒŽ
Β U18 – Mary πŸ†πŸŒŽ
U12 – Ella-Rose 2nd 🌎
U13 – Ava 2nd 🌎
U17 – Lizzie 2nd🌎
U14 – Callum 3rd🌎
U15 – Jayda 3rd🌎
U19 – Amaia 3rd 🌎
SNR – Ellie 3rd 🌎
Huge thank you to the SERC for their efforts in this event.
Find information for upcoming feiseanna and major championships here.