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 doesnโ€™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 onlineย Sainsbury’s shop via Easyfundraising could raise up to ยฃ2.50 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 toย 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.

Liam Costello, five times world champion!

Liam Costello, Five Times World Champion!

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Spinning his way to becoming 5x WORLD CHAMPION ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

Senior Menโ€™s World Champion – Liam Costello
A moment we will never forget ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Dancers Liam Costello and Mary Conway show off their World Championship globe awards

World Championships 2024 in Glasgow

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We are home from a whirlwind week at the World Championships 2024 in Glasgow. A week that brings with it so many emotions, the highs, the lows, the laughs, the tears, but nothing is more important than the memories made with our MCGL family.
We couldnโ€™t have been more proud of every dancer who stepped foot on that prestigious stage and to see our dancers coming together from across England, Poland, Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Australia is something we will be forever proud of, you really were one team ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Thank you to our dancers, parents and teachers for all of your hard work in the lead up in preparation for this event, it really does take an army!
To our sister schools, Goggin-Stewart ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Scoil Rince Creer ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, huge well done for all of your successes and we loved being back with you all.
So with that said and done, here is a round up of a fantastic weekโ€ฆ
๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒSenior Menโ€™s World Champion – Liam Costello ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ†
U20 Ladies – Mary 2nd ๐ŸŒ
Senior Men -Harry 6th ๐Ÿ…
U17 girls – Olivia 7th ๐Ÿ…
U12 boys – Seamus 8th ๐Ÿ…
U18 ladies – Ellie-Kate 8th ๐Ÿ…
U19 Ladies – Lizzie 10th ๐Ÿ…
U19 Ladies – Freya 13th ๐Ÿ…
U16 boys – Callum 14th
U17 girls – Jayda 16th๐Ÿ…
U19 Ladies – Louise 17th
U15 girls – Ava 21st
U13 girls – Ellen 27th
U20 Ladies – Louise 30th
U12 girls – Ava 37th
U15 girls – Chloe 38th
U12 girls – Siobheal 51st
U11 boys – Maksym – Aisling Award Winner ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
U12 Girls – Fiadh-Rose – Aisling Award Winner ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
U21 Ladies – Marysia – Aisling Award Winner ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Well done to Macie, Ted, Ella-Rose, Poppy H, Ciarra, Dominika, Natalia, Poppy A, Amaia, Georgia, Kamila, and Karol and the Senior ladies Ceili Team for putting some of your best dancing on to the Worlds stage.
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Dublin Worlds 2025 – Here we come ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ–ค
Dancers Liam Costello and Mary Conway show off their World Championship globe awards
Our seven world medalists show off their awards

Congratulations to these World championship competitors

Congratulations to these World championship competitors

 

Congratulations to these World championship competitors

Congratulations to our three Aisling Award winners - the highest placed dancers from Europe and the rest of the world

Congratulations to our World Championship ceili team!

All Ireland 2024 Podium Winners

Successes at the All Ireland 2024

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What a fantastic week of dancing at the All Ireland 2024 Championships, held at one of our favourite venues. We were so proud watching our dancers grace such a prestigious stage and even more proud to be coming home with 2 Champions, 4 podiums, 7 All Ireland Medals, as well as solo medals, personal bests and amazing memories.
U20 – Mary 1st ๐Ÿ† & winner of both solos ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡
Senior Men – Liam 1st๐Ÿ† & winner of both solos ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡
U12 – Seamus 3rd ๐Ÿ…
U18 – Ellie-Kate 4th๐Ÿ…
U17 – Olivia 5th๐Ÿ…
U19 – Louise 5th๐Ÿ…
Senior Men – Harry 7th
U19 – Freya 11th๐Ÿ…
U15 – Chloe 12th ๐Ÿ…
U19 – Lizzie 15th
U13 – Ellen 16th๐Ÿ…
Recalls
U12 – Ava
U15 – Ava
U16 – Ciarra
U17 – Jayda
U19 – Louise
U19 – Poppy
Solo recalls
U10 – Grace
U12 – Siobheal

McGL Hong Kong

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Following on from our announcement in October of last year with McGL Europe’s expansion into the Ukraine, we are super excited to announce that McGL Europe (established in 2014) will now become McGL Europe and Asia.

With immediate effect, McGL will now have classes in Hong Kong. This expansion will see McGL take over classes previously hosted by Goggin Stewart (Carroll) cementing the relationship with our Toronto based workshop which has now been in place for 24 years.

As a result of this expansion, Katherine Toong (TCRG) and Melissa McDermott (ADCRG) will now become members of the McGL teaching team.

With RCCEA’s expansion into Asia a couple of years ago, this amalgamation made sense. Most recently our dancers from both Europe and Hong Kong competed against one another and all the other RCCEA schools at their 2023 Oireachtas in Dubai, winning 5 Oireachtas solo titles, 1 winning ceili team and securing 17 qualifying places for Oireachtas Rince Na Cruinne 2024 in Glasgow.

This also provides an amazing platform for our European and Asian based dancers to attend workshops alongside our dancers in England, all sharing the love of our wonderful art-form.

All Scotland 2023 Champions

All Scotlands 2023

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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!
๐Ÿ† All Scotland Champions ๐Ÿ†
U11 Prelim – Lucy
U18 – Louise ๐ŸŒ
U19 – Mary ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿ… Top 5 ๐Ÿ…
U11 – Seamus 3rd ๐ŸŒ
U18 – Freya 3rd ๐ŸŒ
U16 – Olivia 4th ๐ŸŒ
U11 Prelim – Niamh 5th
๐Ÿ… Top 10 ๐Ÿ…
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 inโ€จCzech 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 canโ€™t wait to see what the future holds for McGL Europe.

Classes now held in Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Gliwice, Gdaล„sk, Jastrzฤ™bie Zdrรณj, 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 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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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๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ North American Nationals 2023, Nashville ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿค 
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 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Not forgetting a big thank you to Grant for a fabulous photo-shoot. We canโ€™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!
๐Ÿ† Champions ๐Ÿ†
U11 – Seamus ๐ŸŒ
U16 – Olivia ๐ŸŒ
U17 – Ellie-Kate ๐ŸŒ
U19 – Mary ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿ… Top 5 ๐Ÿ…
U15 – Ciarra 2nd ๐ŸŒ
U12 – Ellen 4th ๐ŸŒ
U14 Prelim – Grace 4th
U15 Boys – Callum 4th ๐ŸŒ
U16 – Jayda 4th ๐ŸŒ
U18 – Louise 4th ๐ŸŒ
U14 – Chloe 5th ๐ŸŒ
U14 Boys – Nathan 5th ๐ŸŒ
U19 – Louise 5th ๐ŸŒ
๐ŸŒ World Qualifiers ๐ŸŒ
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 preparingย  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.
@mcglirishdance

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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