Starting at the age of 9, Cecily was one of Frances’ first pupils here at McGahan Lees. Inspired by watching Riverdance, she instantly fell in love with Irish dance and quickly became the academy’s first ever champion. As she developed under Frances’ tuition, she won numerous championships and went on to become Southern England regional oireachtas champion and two-times Great Britain champion. Her passion and dedication paid off in 2008 when she was crowned senior ladies’ World Champion, in the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast. She then decided to hang up her competitive shoes and join Frances as part of the MCGL teaching team.
Frances’ drive has definitely been passed on to Cecily. So much so, that she successfully passed her TCRG exam with honours in 2008 and then her ADCRG exam in 2018. Her ultimate ambition was to teach and to pass on her knowledge and training experience to new students. She loves working with children so she truly enjoys every single one of her classes with them.
Cecily is a talented choreographer and has showcased her work on TV’s The Only Way Is Essex, Big Brother’s Little Brother and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She is also honoured to be head choreographer for the Southern England Regional Oireacthas Parade of Champions each year. Another talent she has is in stage makeup and hair. You will often spot her at feisanna fixing hair and doing makeup for many of the MCGL dancers so that they can go up on stage feeling their best.
Cecily continues to fulfill her dreams of imparting her skills to others. She believes strongly that ALL children have the ability to thrive in a fun and safe environment.