Dancing with The Stars Weekend
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th June 2017
Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
Sorry, all places are now sold, if you would like to be placed on the waiting list, email us here.
Bookings are now being taken for our Warwick 2018 Dancing with The Stars Weekend here.
Book your places now for 2018 and we can keep your names on our 2017 waiting list, if spaces become available we’ll simply transfer your 2018 booking to 2017.
Spend the weekend with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing. Join; Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Giovanni Pernice, plus IDU World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce
Enjoy 3 days of spectacular dance showcases as the stars perform up close & personal for a truly intimate experience unlike any other – learn to dance with them, plus hear all about their Strictly journeys.
Just take a look what’s included in
Donahey’s Dancing with The Stars Weekend;
Take advantage of the great offers we have available if you book early. Just £449pp if booked before 31st Jan ’17, £459pp thereafter.
Book your place now to avoid disappointment as these are hugely popular sell-out events. Pay just £100 deposit to secure your place, with the remaining balance not due until 31st Mar ‘17.
We’re delighted to present Strictly Come Dancing Champion Aljaz Skorjanec & Strictly Star Janette Manrara. Strictly champ Aljaz from Slovenia is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten dance; Miami born Janette starred in hit US series So You Think You Can Dance. Together they promise you unbeatable workshops & shows. Learn More…
Strictly stars Natalie Lowe & Ian Waite are a truly amazing partnership. Expect a breathtaking showcase and truly excellent workshops – you’re in for a show-stopping treat with this fab partnership. Learn More…
Giovanni Pernice is the hot new Italian Champion pro dancer on Strictly Come Dancing – Giovanni of course reached the Strictly final in 2015 with partner Georgia May Foote. Expect a stunning showcase and wonderful workshops. Read More…
Warren & Kristi Boyce
IDU World Ballroom Dance Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce are a Record 7 x reigning British National Professional Ballroom Champions. Warren & Kristi compete all over the world, representing England as one of the most in demand world class couples. They are Carl Alan Award Winners for Most Outstanding Professional Couple – prepare to be impressed with their breathtaking Ballroom showcase. Read More…
Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani
Leandro Palou and Maria Tsiatsiani are professional Argentine Tango teachers and performers, who tour extensively in Europe for workshops, international congresses, festivals and theatre shows. Directors of the biggest Tango Academy in the UK, their long list of credentials include performing in West End shows, Strictly Come Dancing, Midnight Tango, MTV, International Tango Festivals including congresses in the heart of Tango; Buenos Aires. More info www.tangoacademy.co.uk
Donahey’s Adult only dance holidays are truly inspirational and a great chance to learn to dance, improve your dancing, try new styles, learn new steps, develop your technique along with a fabulous opportunity to be taught by the actual stars of Strictly Come Dancing. Alternatively why not just sit back and soak up the fabulous atmosphere of this great weekend in this stunning resort. If you’re not sure what to expect, take a look at some of the fabulous testimonials we have received from the actual stars of Strictly & this years guests.
The Chesford Grange’s stunning Air Conditioned Kenilworth Ballroom, at nearly 6,000sq ft, will offer us 3,500sq ft of amazing sprung wooden dance floor – one of the largest dance floors in the country. The Ballroom benefits from it’s own private bars & reception areas – this impressive venue is just perfect for our dance weekend. Plus, the Stratford Suite will offer guests a beautiful second daytime Workshop venue at over 1,700sq ft.
Dance workshops will be offered for all levels in; Ballroom, Latin American, Salsa & more. Unlike other dance holidays where you are restricted to just two 45min workshops, we guarantee you a minimum of 7-hours workshops with the actual stars and your Donahey’s team – you don’t have to take part in any of them though if you don’t want!
If you’ve never danced before this is a Strictly experience you’ll never forget; Amazing shows to see, live music to enjoy, beginner dance lessons with the stars to try, questions & answers sessions – and so much more all under one roof, who knows who you’ll bump into around the hotel!
‘Paul, you’re such a Superstar for organising such a fabulous event’ Anton Du Beke
‘Is it me or do Donahey’s run the best dance weekends in the country….Kevin Clifton
‘What an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us, we are so happy to be part of your beautiful event. A clear 10 from me!’ Aljaz Skorjanec
‘I know we say this every year, but this really is the best dance weekend in the UK. So well organised and so much dancing. We love working with Donahey’s, you always know you’ll get such a professionally run event. Thank you to Donahey’s for organising such wonderful events’Ian Waite
‘Our 3rd year at a Donaheys dance weekend. Thank you for letting Kevin and I be part of this fabulous event. Lots of love x’ Karen Hauer
‘Donaheys organise the number 1 dance event in the country. We really look forward to Donahey’s dance weekends; they’re so well organised, great venues and a fabulous audience. Thank you so much Paul.’Natalie Lowe
‘What a FAB-U-LOUS event to attend. A real feel good weekend, cannot wait to be back’ Janette Manrara
‘What an incredible event, we loved every second of it. So much on offer from all the Strictly couples & classes, we love being part of it. Kevin Clifton
‘Thank you to Donahey’s, in our opinion Donahey’s are one of the best-organised events we attend, they always look after you the guest and us the artist – thank you’ Vincent Simone
“What can I say? What a great weekend. We do shows all over the country but never have we had so much fun and met so many great people. I have to say Donaheys have done an amazing job organising the whole weekend, hope to be back soon!” James & Ola Jordan
‘Alton Towers is a great venue, we love it here’ ‘We’ve had great feedback from a lot of people about your event at Alton towers it was a fantastic weekend’ Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova
‘Absolutely amazing, well organised and an extremely fun filled weekend. So much to take part in and everyone having such a great time’ Karen Hardy
‘Dance weekends with Donahey’s are a fun and exciting break for anyone who loves to dance or wants to learn. They are very professionally organised and they really look after you. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the team are great. A must for your diary’Flavia Cacace
The fabulous 4-star Chesford Grange Hotel in the heart of Warwickshire
is the incredible 17-acre setting for Donaheys Dancing With The Stars Weekend.
As well as an incredible ballroom, the hotel offers beautiful bedrooms, leisure & spa facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout. In fact all of the wonderful facilities you would associate with a 4 star hotel
– who knows who you’ll bump into as you enjoy the Chesford Grange’s spa?
Chesford Grange Hotel is part of the award winning Q hotel group
– ‘WHICH’ Hotel Chain of The Year Oct ‘13.
Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, well-equipped high tech gym,
heated loungers, steam room, gym & spa treatment rooms.
Alternatively why not take a leisurely walk within the 17 acres of grounds.
The beautifully appointed & spacious bedrooms at Chesford Grange were all recently refurbished to a high standard as the hotel was part of the 2012 Olympic Village.
Facilities include en-suite bathroom, television, Controlled Air Conditioning, hairdryer, trouser press and hospitality tray. For a small upgrade charge you can take advantage of one of the Superior Rooms, Q Star & Junior Suites featuring lots of lovely toiletries, most have stunning views, more spacious rooms, thick fluffy bathrobes, remote control 32″ LCD TV with selected Sky channels, fridge with complimentary mineral water, pure cotton luxury bed linen & more.
View our event on the offical Chesford Grange Hotel website here
The Stunning Kenilworth Suite is the centre piece of Chesford Grange
and will be transformed into a spectacular & dazzling Ballroom for our event.
The above 360 tour shows our transformation of the similar
Stateroom Ballroom at our Alton Towers Dancing With The Stars Weekend.
What do our amazing weekends truly have in store for you?
Here you can download one of our previous Dancing With The Stars Weekend
souvenir programmes – see for yourselves how fabulous our weekends are.
This example was our Windsor 2016 weekend….enjoy!
Hi Paul and the whole Donahey Team
Just a short note to say thank you for an excellent time at Chesford Grange this weekend. This was the first time my wife and I had done anything like this and we were a little apprehensive about it. However, we shouldn’t have worried as the organisation and execution was faultless and the weekend itself a great experience that I will treasure for years to come. All the workshops were great fun and as absolute beginners we found them of immense value.
Your team are to be commended as they were a shining example of professionalism; nothing was too much trouble and there was always a smiling face regardless of the time of day.
Thank you again for everything and we hope to see you again in the future.
Keith & Judith
Just sat with a cuppa & cake reliving our wonderful weekend with you all. Any worries that this might not live up to our first experience with you at Alton towers in March this year were dispelled very quickly upon arrival & once again we had a fabulous time.
As last time the highlight for us was the Workshop with Warren & Kristi, (what amazing teachers) however we wanted to say how much we also really enjoyed both the tango & the samba workshops. These dances often seem to be overlooked, & as much as we love the jive & foxtrot, it was really great to concentrate on them instead.
We are now booked for both Alton towers & Chesford Grange for 2015 & already looking forward to them both.
Kay & Sean
Another fantastic weekends dancing at the new venue.
Tracy & John
I would like to say thank you for yet another fabulous weekend of dancing, despite tired feet everyone seems to keep dancing the whole weekend. Huge thanks to you Amy and all your staff who work tirelessly to make sure everyone has a wonderful time.
Julie & Robert
Thanks again for a great weekend, it was BRILLIANT… still smiling.
Neil & Pam
Thank you, it was indeed a fabulous weekend and there were some stunning showcases and workshops. We are looking forward to trying out the workshop videos, which are a great idea. You worked so hard on all aspects to make for a superbly run event. Thank you.
Ken & Jane
For a non-dancer I had a great time with all of you guys. Thanks for making a special weekend for my wife’s 50th birthday treat!
Janet & Chris
Another fantastic weekend
On behalf of ourselves and friends Mavis, Haydn, Dylan, Sheila, Marion & Trevor we would like to thank you for arranging such a wonderful Dancing With The Stars Weekend in Chesford Grange, Warwickshire last weekend. Out of this world showcases, getting better every year. Congratulations to your team also on their workshops. We all feel that we have brought home with us useful tips and new routines. Can’t wait for Windsor next year.
Thank you once again. It was also a pleasure to meet you all.
Barry & Marylene
Paul, Thank you for a spectacular weekend. I don’t know how you do it but the weekends just get better and better. Great workshops and the most spectacular showcases. We are still talking about the showcase finale on Saturday when Glen and Kayleigh perfectly mirrored the dance routine of Warren and Kristi. Just looking now at the video’s our workshops so we can reinforce and practise what we learnt – what a great idea. Already booked for Windsor next year!
Neal, Sian, Lucy and Sally.
Thank you for the fabulous weekend. We really appreciate your hard working for the fantastic organisation. We know this takes a lot of time and effort. Many thanks for your fantastic organisation.
Willy and Brigitte
Dear Paul and all your team.
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the weekend in Chesford Grange. It was superbly organised and we thought the whole weekend was high class very well organised and the workshops and evenings and shows were spectacular. What a fabulous venue also. Thank you and well done to you all.
Margaret & Mike
Outstanding weekend cannot wait for the next one…. Sincere thanks again for all your hard work Donahey’s team x
Dawn & Peter
Just home …..most excellent weekend …need to decide on the next one now xx
Paul & Dawn
Thanks to all at Donaheys Dance School for another fantastic weekend of classes, practice, entertainment and fun fun fun!
A fantastic weekend the Donahey team work so hard we will come back xx
Really should have done this sooner, but better late than never. Just want to put on record what a brilliant weekend we had at Chesford Grange this year.
As you may remember Brenda and I and John and Julie Roberts have been to one of your weekends before but this time we had some new people with us. They, and we, of course, had a fantastice weekend as usual especially as we celebrated our Golden Wedding on the Friday night of the weekend. Brenda and I could not have thought of a better way to celebrate it.
All the workshops were brilliant and Julie will be using some of the routines to teach during her classes. We have already done the Jive routine and the Cha Cha routine from last year, 2013.
The highlights however were the Showcases, how Erin managed to look so gorgeous and perform as she did with Anton, 8 weeks after the caesarean. was fabulous. Aljaz and Jeanette are a brilliant addition to the weekend and Ian and Natalie were as lovely and as much fun as ever. The special highlight for all of us were Warren and Christie Boyce and the children, they blew us all away again.
To make comments about particular people is always difficult and there is no doubt the stars make the weekend but most of the thanks must go to you and your team for the organisation and giving us the opportunity to enjoy such an event. We are all still talking about it in the classes now.
We have all booked for next year.
Thank you once again
John & Brenda
Throughout your dance weekend you will have the services of Donahey’s dedicated on-site team of Dance Teachers; Dancers; Helpers & Assistants including Paul, Shirley & Amy Donahey who are all there to ensure your dance weekend runs smoothly and is full of the right kind of memories.
During 2017 we’re pleased to be offering 4 fab-u-lous Dancing With The Stars Weekends at stunning venues across the UK. Whichever dance weekend you initially book with us, subject to availability we’re happy to offer you the flexibility to switch your booking between any one of them.
This added benefit provides you with peace of mind should a personal engagement crop up, or indeed your favourite must-see Strictly star appear at one of our weekends…..
There is absolutely no administration charge for transfering upto 31st Oct 2016, after which there is a small charge of just £25. A slight rate difference, either up or down, may apply between our weekends. Transfers 10 weeks or less prior to your weekend may not be possible.
This isn’t a weekend break organised by a holiday company or a hotel with some dancing available – this is an exclusive weekend bursting at the seams with dancing, organised by dance experts. Our weekend will give you the chance to be close to the stars of TV – and will be one you’ll remember for years to come.
Our Dancing With The Stars Weekend is a wonderful, relaxed social weekend and would NOT be suitable for competitive dancers – simply come along and enjoy yourselves! Enjoy seeing BBC Strictly Come Dancing Stars performing live up close and personal
Fri 16th – Sun 18th June 2017
Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
Take advantage of the great offers we have available if you book early.
Just £449pp if booked before 31st Jan ’17, £459pp thereafter.
Pay just £100 deposit to secure your place,
with the remaining balance not due until 31st Mar ‘17.
Throughout the weekend you can enjoy over 7 hours of dedicated beginners dance classes especially designed for guests who have never danced before or maybe have taken a few classes and want to build their confidence on the dance-floor.
The great news is you will be taught your first dance steps by the stars of Strictly…wow, what better way to learn to dance? You’ll enjoy 4 hours of beginners dance classes with the stars of the weekend, plus 3 hours of beginner’s lessons with your Donahey’s team.
We’ve listened to customer feedback and are pleased to offer a special beginners refresher hour early Saturday evening – before the main Black Tie Ball begins. Here we’ll go over some of the dances you’ve learnt over the weekend – a perfect re-cap for you. Plus, we always teach a fun & easy dance during both Friday & Saturday evening.
So as well as sitting back and enjoying the spectacular shows and the fabulous live music, you’ll be able to learn to dance with the stars of TV, and of course enjoy the stunning setting of our fabulous venue and all the facilities it has to offer.
It truly will be a weekend made of great memories
This will be an amazing opportunity for you to enhance your dancing and be taught by some of the world’s finest dancers.
You’ll learn tailored new choreography in Ballroom & Latin dances, developing your technique & style, most of all though you’ll actually be taught by the stars of Strictly Come Dancing – what better way to learn?
We offer you either 7 hours of dedicated Improver/Intermediate dance lessons, or 7 hours of Advanced dance lessons. You’ll enjoy 4 hours of dance lessons with the stars of the weekend, plus 3 hours of lessons with your Donahey’s team, all you need do is let us know which level of lessons you would like to take.
Plus as well as Friday & Saturday evening’s social dancing, we host afternoon practice sessions where you can come along and practice what you’ve learnt.
You really will take away so much from the weekend, just take a look below at what previous guests had to say…
Why not sample the wealth of attractions that surround this impressive venue?
If shopping is your thing, nearby Royal Leamington Spa rules supreme.
Warwickshire Golf Club – 2 miles away
The Donahey’s family have been organising spectacular dance events and teaching children & adults across Manchester to dance for over 46 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of all our classes and events. Our hugely successful ‘Dancing with The Stars Weekend’s’ are now in their 10th year – we thoroughly enjoy them and we go out of our way to ensure our customers do too.
Donahey’s is recommended by, and affiliated to the world’s largest dance teacher’s organisation, the IDTA – rest assured Donahey’s have worked hard to establish a name you can trust along with an exceptional reputation in the Dancing world.
The professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will teach 4 of your workshops. 3 hours of additional workshops will be offered by your highly experienced Donahey’s team – and there’s no need to pre-book these workshops.
Absolutely, this is a Strictly experience you’ll never forget; Amazing shows to see, live music to enjoy, beginner dance lessons with the stars to try, questions & answers sessions – and so much more all under one roof, who knows who you’ll bump into around the hotel! Plus of course you have all the facilities that the fabulous hotel has to offer you.
Our weekend is designed for enjoyment for all, whether you’ve never stepped foot on a dance floor before and want to sit back and enjoy the shows, or if your an experienced dancer and want to take part in the workshops & evening dancing. The level of your participation is entirely your decision, you can join in some of the workshops & dancing, or none at all – the choice is completely yours!
Workshops will be offered throughout the days aimed at levels from beginners through to advanced. Styles of workshops will include; Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Latino Line & much more.
Each of our workshops are tailored to the dancing ability of your group.
A group of experienced dancers in whatever form, we find pick-up new steps & rhythm much easier than say a group of absolute beginners. So the overall progress in improver or advanced groups can be more rapid and therefore we can add more content & choreography for you in those workshops.
Don’t worry, we don’t anticipate everyone in the group will be Improver or Intermediate in those ‘additional workshop’ styles – just that they are dancers and able to follow and learn within a dance class easier than say absolute beginners.
Sure, it’s absolutely fine for you to split for the dance lessons/workshops, no problem at all – just let us know on your booking form. We do occasionally get some people do that, we wouldn’t though be able to accomodate both of you taking each others lessons as well.
If you choose to split for workshops please be aware we are unable to offer you partners in the workshops. If you choose to take part in all the workshops you are offered, due to the packed workshop schedule spread across 2 ballrooms, you should expect to spend most of the daytimes seperate from each other.
The daytime is casual; the evenings will be smart look your best for some fab pictures! For your enjoyment Saturday evening will be a Black Tie Ball.
For dancing; on your feet something comfortable, dance shoes or flattish shoes preferably not trainers. No high heels, flip flops, steel heels or toe caps on the dance-floor please.
Our Dancing With The Stars Weekend is designed for enjoyment by everyone and regularly attracts a mix of all ages so you can be sure of a fun time – some families bring along 3 generations!
2 nights en-suite accommodation; Friday & Saturday 2-course evening meal; Saturday & Sunday morning Full English Breakfasts; Dancing Friday & Saturday evening from 8pm till midnight; Workshops Friday evening, Saturday daytime & Sunday until around 1pm; Dance showcases Friday & Saturday evening, Black Tie Ball Saturday evening.
All the hotel’s Donahey’s chooses for our events are a minimum of 4 star standard. For more information on each of our hotels, visit the dedicated webpage;
Of course, if you have any specific hotel requests whatsoever such as; extending your stay either side at preferential rates, rooms close to your friends, low floors, near a lift or wish to upgrade your facilities simply contact the hotels direct. Contact No’s will be highlighted in your confirmation letters
There will be fabulous showcases from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, dancing for everyone plus on Saturday there will be live music with our 15-piece Big Band.
Certainly, when you fill out your booking form, just tell us who they are and we will reserve you seats together in the ballroom!
You will be reserved seats at a table in the Main Ballroom for the whole weekend – all our tables are front row floor-side guaranteed, so no need to pay to upgrade.
You will receive your complimentary 12-page souvenir programme upon registration with all the details of what we have to offer you over the weekend.
You are welcome to check-in to your hotel from 3pm onwards, Dinner will be offered in the hotels main restaurant from 5pm – 8.30pm, our welcome party commences in the main Ballroom from 8pm, the shows commence from 9.30pm.
You will also be offered a one-hour workshop with one of the Strictly couples between 5pm – 8pm. Usually, beginners/Improvers at 5pm, Intermediate at 6pm & Advanced at 7pm.
Our last workshop on Sunday should finish around 1pm.
Make sure you bring your camera for our exclusive ‘Photo Calls’ with the stars of the show. These will take place in some great locations around the Resort grounds, your chance to take some fabulous souvenir photographs of the stars.
To make a cheque payment, simply post your cheque, payable to ‘DONAHEY’S EVENTS LTD’, and tear off payment slip from your booking confirmation letter to; Donaheys Events Ltd, PO Box 126, Kingsbridge, TQ7 9BB.
To make a Direct Bank Transfer; Our bank details can be found in your original booking confirmation letter, please ensure you quote the lead passenger surname & your booking code. Once you have made the BACS payment, please simply return the tear off payment slip from your booking confirmation letter stating that you have made the BACS payment and stating the date the payment was made, many thanks.
Please allow us upto 17 days from posting payments/slips to receiving your confirmation receipt email, many thanks. Due to high PayPal Credit/Debit Card fees, balancing payments can only be accepted by cheque or Direct Bank Transfer.
Sure, to help spread the cost of your dancing weekend we are pleased to offer you the option of paying in instalments. If at any time between now and the balance due date you would like to pay off some of the balance, you are welcome to do so by simply indicating on your payment slip from your booking confirmation letter the amount you would like to pay off, and following the notes above.
Of course, we openly welcome ladies without a dance partner, however we are unable to provide dance partners over the weekend. Donahey’s does not have a policy of offering male dance partners to ladies who attend our Dancing With The Stars Weekend without a dance partner and we do not rotate partners during any workshops. We ask you please, not to book our dance weekend under the impression that we supply dance partners for ladies.
Sorry, no. All our guests are part of the entire dance weekend from Friday through till Sunday and resident in the hotel – which makes for a wonderful atmosphere for everyone. We don’t sell day passes so you won’t have different people dropping in and out of your weekend.
All the shows & workshops are organised by Donahey’s – the dance experts. Q Hotels have no contractual responsibility towards guests in relation to the delivery of your workshops & shows.
Ends: 06/18/2017 3:00PM<