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Dancing with The Stars Weekend
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th March 2018
Alton Towers Resort Hotel, Staffordshire
2017 sold-out months in advance, don’t delay over 120 places already booked for 2018!
Spend the weekend with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing.
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;
Secure your places now for our Spring 2018 Dancing With The Stars Weekend. Line-up will be announced Summer 2017 – We’re sure you’ve seen from our fabulous 2017 line-up and all our many previous weekend breaks – we guarantee it will be amazing & unrivalled…..
Take advantage of the great offers we have available if you book early. Just £429pp if booked before 31st Jul ’17, £439pp if booked before 30th Nov ’17, £449pp thereafter.
Book your place now to avoid disappointment as these are hugely popular sell-out events.
Pay just £100pp deposit to reserve your place, with the remaining balance not due until 14th Dec ’17.
Donahey’s Adult only weeekend breaks 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.
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! Plus of course you have all the facilities and actvities that Alton Towers 4 star resort has to offer you.
Alton Towers stunning Air Conditioned State Room Ballroom, at nearly 6,000sq ft, will offer us 3,000sq ft of amazing sprung wooden dance floor – one of the largest dance floors in the country. The brand new State Room benefits from floor to ceiling windows & doors opening out onto it’s own private courtyard area, along with it’s own private bars & reception areas – this impressive venue is just perfect for our dance weekend. Plus, the Emperor Suite, Alton Towers Resort Hotel’s newly refurbished original ballroom, will offer guests a beautiful second daytime Workshop venue at over 2,500sq ft.
Dance workshops will be offered for all levels in; Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Swing, American Smooth & more. Unlike other dance weekends 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!
‘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
‘Congratulations to the Donahey’s for finding the most amazing venue. How brilliant is Alton Towers – a diamond in the country. We love working with the Donahey’s – you always know you’ll get such a professionally run event’ Ian Waite
“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
This impressive hotel set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside is the perfect setting for our ‘everything under one roof’ dance weekend. With all the facilities you would expect from a 4 star hotel, this fabulous quintessentially English hotel benefits from large modern comfortable en-suite bedrooms with flat screen TV’s, all set around a beautiful central courtyard with it’s own lake, fountain & countryside walks.
Donahey’s have exclusive use of the entire Alton Towers Resort Hotel for the whole weekend, the Alton Towers Theme Park will not open until later in March, or will the hotel feature it’s usual family entertainment – all hotel guests will be part of our exclusive adults only Dancing With The Stars weekend.
The StateRoom Ballroom
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!
‘What a fantastic weekend we had at Alton Towers. Can’t wait for next year. Thank you very much’
David and Barbara
‘Thanks to all at Donahey’s for putting together another amazing weekend. This was our third one, and we are hooked! All the workshops and professional shows were brilliant, as was the Tony Greenwood 15 piece band. Looking forward to the next one’
Ruth & John
‘Dear Paul & Team, I just wanted to send you all a big thank you for last weekend, you have an amazing team and provide a fantastic few days, I just wish it was longer!! This was my first year but I have watched all of Strictly and been to the tour shows, but to see the pros perform up close, is just something else!! You really create a warm and fun atmosphere, along with a seamless programme. See you next March‘
‘Dear Paul, Thank you for an excellent weekend and yes we have already booked for next year. The weekend exceeded our expectations and it was a real pleasure to meet and talk to your mother and some of your team. You make an excellent team and I know that things only run smoothly with a team who work hard and plan well. Thank you again.’
Andy & Alicja
‘A brilliant weekend thank you Donaheys’
‘Paul, we’ve had a few great weekends with you both at Alton Towers and in the past in Blackpool; but this one was FAB U LOUS!!! That show on Saturday night moved us to tears and was breathtaking!!! Needless to say we’ve booked for next year! Thanks for listening to clients and continuing to strive to improve. All your hard work was appreciated.’
Christine & Steven
‘The whole weekend was stunning; Thank you for an unforgettable weekend’
Pippa & Kevin
‘We’re looking forward to next year already. Thanks to everyone involved for making a super enjoyable and special weekend’
Simon & Alice
‘Hi Paul, Danny and I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we enjoyed the weekend. You and your staff never cease to amaze us with how organised you all are and how seamlessly things run. Every year we have enjoyed our weekenders but this year you all surpassed yourselves and it went to a new level. Having a showcase on the Sunday was just the icing on the cake and a fantastic way to end the weekend on a total high. We look forward to joining you on another weekender soon.‘
Brenda & Danny
‘Wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful weekend. Paul, it was great’
Stephanie & Phil
Hi Paul, Thanks for a fantastic weekend – its the first time we’ve been to anything like it, and we both had a wonderful time. We’ve just booked for Alton Towers 2015. Thanks,
Clare & Alan
‘Congratulations on a fantastic event again!’
‘Just wanted to thank you and your great team for a brilliant weekend at Alton Towers. I’m sure it is very hard work putting it all together so well done. See you next year’
Steve & Marina
‘I had an absolutely fab weekend dancing at Alton Towers Many thanks’
‘Well lots of best bits! Kevin and Karen’s Paso and Jive were unforgettable and I will never forget watching him put his socks on! The final dance from Warren and family was beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the Jive, Salsa and Rumba workshops. Alijaz and Janette were great teachers and danced beautifully together. Finally not forgetting seeing Ian and Natalie’ s stunning showcase. So all in all a great weekend!’
Kathryn & Marcia
‘Hi there Paul, Firstly i would like to say thank you to you and all Donaheys staff for such a fantastic weekend at Alton Towers. The stars are so wonderfully friendly and down to earth and genuinely seem to have fun with us. Wasn’t Kevin hilarious and Ian Waite is wonderful as is the beautiful Natalie. Warren and Kristi are both so charming and gracious, a lovely couple. Aljaz and Janette were perfect and Tony Bennett is also a very funny man, great fun. I just can’t fault the weekend and i have such happy memories, the only frustration i had all weekend was that i just can’t dance as well as i’d like to! My old bones just won’t move fast enough but just to be there having a go was a dream. Obviously we have rebooked for Alton Towers next year, once again, many thanks’
Anna & Andrew
‘Paul, What an amazing weekend! Wow. I am keen to get practicing for next year!’
James & Coral
‘Hi Paul, Firstly I would just like to say what a brilliant weekend me and my husband had
this was a great event and was by far the next best thing to being in the audience on the actual show of Strictly, I am still on cloud nine and buzzing about it when asked how did it go.’
Elaine & Benjamin
‘Hi, Just to say thank you for a wonderful weekend at Alton Towers, your staff and the dancing professionals where absolutely great. My husband has never danced before the weekend, but he joined in every dance sessions and thoroughly enjoyed the beginners dancing, so much so I think he will be going for lessons.’
Margaret & Nigel
‘Hi Paul, Thank you for a fabulous well organised (yet again!) weekend, you have an amazing support team behind you, Amy & Shirley that I know makes all the difference to how the weekend runs but I know that the initial hard work is yours. I couldn’t praise Kevin & Karen’s showcase enough, their Paso certainly was jaw dropping and so emotional, I have never cried at a Paso Doble before!! it was brilliant to see their choreography and really appreciated the amount of effort that went into choreographing to a whole song! I don’t wish to take away from the other showcases as well, as we thoroughly enjoyed those as well. We’re delighted we have the videos to go back over what we learnt a great idea; we’re looking forward to checking them out. Thank you very much’
Jo and Louise.
‘Brilliant weekend and being able to see the dances when you get home is just great. No missing steps now. Thanks to all of your team for a great weekend.’
Myra & Charlie
‘Wonderful weekend at Alton Towers – Bring on 2015!’
‘Hi Paul, just wanted to say thank you for such a great weekend and we would like to book for Alton Towers next year please.’
Terry & Coleen
‘Thanks for a spectacular weekend at Alton Towers. Superb showcases and tuition, in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Kevin & Karen’s showcase was phenomenal – so much passion and emotion!!! Looking forward to next year!’
Robin & Joyce
‘Many thanks to you all for another fantastic memorable weekend’
Dave & Jane
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 2018 we’re pleased to be offering 5 fab-u-lous Dancing With The Stars Weekends at stunning venues across the UK. Whichever dance weekend you initially book with us we are happy to offer you the flexibility to switch your booking between any one of our 2018 Dancing With The Stars Weekends.
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 2017, after which point there is a small admin charge of £25 per person. Subject to availability and no later than 3-months prior to your original dance weekend. A rate difference, either up or down, may apply between weekends.
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 9th- Sun 11th March 2018
Alton Towers Resort Hotel, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
Take advantage of the great offers we have available if you book early.
Just £429pp if booked before 31st Jul ’17, £439pp if booked before 30th Nov ’17, £449pp thereafter.
Pay just £100pp deposit to reserve your place, with the remaining balance not due until 14th Dec ’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…
As well as the non-stop dancing there’s plenty on offer to keep you entertained at this fabulous resort; You could pamper yourselves at the Hotels Luxury award-winning Spa, enjoy the Aqua Relaxation Rooms thermal circuit & pools, or choose your very own custom spa treatment?
You may want to take the plunge in one of Europe’s largest indoor water parks, Alton Towers hugely impressive Splash Landings. Alternatively, choose from two 9-hole adventure golf courses. Rates & admission charges for these attractions will apply, details of these can be found on arrival in resort.
As an added treat why not upgrade to one of Alton Towers fabulous themed bedrooms – The Chocolate Room, Arabian Night’s, Dreamy Den, Hidden Hideaway, Celebration, Sleepover, Ice Age & more!
The Alton Towers Theme Park will not open until later in March, nor will the hotel feature it’s usual family entertainment – all hotel guests will be part of our exclusive adults only Dancing With The Stars weekend.
View our event on the offical Alton Towers Resort Hotel website here
The Donahey’s family have been organising spectacular dance events and teaching children & adults across Manchester to dance for over 49 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 12th 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.
You’ll be offered over 7-hours of dance workshops, evenly spread across your whole dance weekend. 4 hours of Ballroom & Latin Dance classes with the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing & Champions of the Dancing World – guaranteed for everyone and tailored specifically to your dancing ability. Plus an additional 3 hours of dance classes with Donahey’s highly experienced dance teachers in our second stunning ballroom – again tailored specifically to your dancing ability.
We’ll usually also offer some fun warm-up workshops in the mornings, such as Zumba or Salsacise – just to get you started nice & fresh. Remember you can take part in as many or as few of theses workshops as you like – it’s all upto you.
There’s absolutely no need to worry about pre-booking any of your workshops, we’ll reserve you places in all the workshops for your dance level – so all you need to do is come along and enjoy.
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.
Your hotel will have some lovely food, drinks & snack offerings available at various bars and restaurants across the estate each day – so you can choose exactly what you would like such as a light healthy snack or something more filling.
Drinks & Lunch aren’t included in your package price.
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;
No, the Alton Towers Theme Park will not open until the following weekend.
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, the Grand Finale Showcase should finish around 2.30pm.
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 BACS payment, please ensure you quote the lead passenger surname & your booking code. You can find our bank details in your confirmation letter, or just email us. 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 BACS.
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, or that you will be dancing with the stars themselves, thank you.
Unfortunately, we have no single rooms or places available. Large comfortable Twin rooms are available for two-person occupancy, but not for single occupancy – sorry absolutely no single places or rooms now available.
In terms of non-residential, or day passes, unfortunately it’s not an option we offer I’m afraid. We don’t sell day passes so you won’t have different people dropping in and out of your weekend.
It creates a much nicer atmosphere when everyone is residential for the entire weekend. Mainly because you don’t have different people dropping in and out across the weekend for certain classes or just evening shows.
Once guests arrive Friday afternoon, guests are shown to their table in the Ballroom, this is your table then for the entire weekend. We try and ensure all the guests on each table are in the same group for their dance classes, and that they have the same evening dining times – it really helps bond everyone, helping create a friendly atmosphere and an enjoyable experience for all our guests.
We’ve always run our dance weekends along these lines, and receive really positive feedback about this approach – people often book again requesting that they sit with their ‘new weekend friends.’
All the shows & workshops are organised by Donahey’s – the dance experts. Merlin has no contractual responsibility towards guests in relation to the delivery of any workshops & shows.
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