About Us

The O'Donnell School of Irish Dancing was started by Michelle O'Donnell TCRG in 1991 when she moved to Wales from her home town of Derry in Northern Ireland.

Michelles interest in dancing started at a young age when she used to attend classes and Feisanna with her mother. She herself then went on to teach and has taught in Ireland, UK and USA. Michelle is one of the founding members of the Wales and the West Teachers Association.

In 2016 Marie Maguire who has been a part of the school since the tender age of five, passed her TCRG exam. In recognition of this and the hard work Marie has put into the school over the years Michelle made Marie a partner and the school became the O'Donnell Maguire School of Irish Dancing.

The school is registered with An Coimisium le Rinci Gaelacha - The Irish Dancing Commision   (of which Michelles mother Lilian O'More TCRG/ADCRG is a past Vice Chairperson)

Dancers range from absolute beginners to championship standard, with boys and girls from as young as four all the way up to the adults.

Irish Dancing has grown in popularity since Riverdance was featured in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest and went on to take the world by storm. This popularity was increased with follow on shows such as Lord of the Dance and Magic of the Dance that have also toured the world.

Not every body wants to reach that standard but it is possible with dedication and plenty of practice. At the O'Donnell Maguire School the emphasis is on enjoyment and having fun whilst learning to dance which in turn helps us all to keep fit.

Michelle and Maries'approach

Michelle and Marie feel the six most important benifits of the classes are :-

1.  Increased physical skills

2.  Increased mental skills

3.  Improved self esteem

4.  Healthy competitive spirit

5.  Increased fitness

6.  Lasting friendships

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Michelle Spencer,
18 Sep 2010, 06:52