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.

Michelle's interest in Irish Dancing started at a young age when she used to attend classes and Feisanna with her mother the very respected teacher and adjudicator, Lilian O'More . 

Michelle went on to teach and has taught in Ireland, UK and USA. Michelle was 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 (teachers) exam so in recognition of this and for all the hard work Marie has put into the school over the years Michelle made Marie a partner, the school then became the O'Donnell Maguire School of Irish Dancing.

The school is registered with An Coimisium le Rinci Gaelacha - The Irish Dancing Commision (Michelle's mother Lilian O'More TCRG/ADCRG is also 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 where it 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 etc. that have also toured the world.

Not every body wants to reach championship level but if they do, it is possible with dedication and plenty of practice. At the O'Donnell Maguire School our emphasis is on enjoyment and having fun whilst learning to dance, this in turn helps us all to keep fit.

Michelle and Marie's 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 Sept 2010, 06:52